Micro-Fibre Towels: Cost-Cutting doesn’t have to Cost Comfort or Convenience

Micro-fibre towels, or micro-fiber as they’re called across the pond, are a new fabric innovation that has revolutionized several industries. A part of household conversation, they are synthetic fibres (often polyester or polyamide) developed since the 1950s that fit the requirement of measuring less than one denier. A denier is a measure of the linear mass density of fabric based on an ancient French coin measurement, equal to one twelfth of a pence. For a fibre to be officially considered “micro,” a 9,000 meter length of a filament of the fibre must weight no more than one gram. One gram for a strand of roughly six miles — we’re literally talking microscopic! For example, a single denier polyester fibre measures out to a diameter of ~10 micrometers.

While the first micro-fibres were developed in Japan not long after the Second World War, its first successful application came with Ultrasuede in the 1970s. The microfibre craze spread throughout Europe and North America during the 1990s and 2000s. Some of the various advantages of microfibre over its cotton cousin include added durability, water absorption or resistance (dependent on manufacturing processes and treatments), fabric softness and filtering capabilities. Often, the apparel, upholstery and cleaning product industries call on Micro Fibre to create for them the perfect solution. Now, the same cutting edge technology is available to the tourism, spa and beauty fields in the form of the Micro Fibre Towel.

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Micro-Fibre Towels

What are the advantages of choosing microfibre over cotton? Microfibre towels are extremely effective because their high density fibre count means unparalleled liquid absorption capacity. Similarly, they dry faster and are less likely to become mouldy or mildewy if left in a confined area, giving them numerous advantages over cotton towels. What’s more, you’ll never need to use fabric softener or pay extra for softening detergents again: microfibre materials are manufactured with a built-in softness that stays. Micro-fibre towels are so soft and luxurious, your clients will think you’ve opted for a chich, premium level, designer towel. Little will they know this classy amenity came at a bargain.

In terms of functionality, since they weigh less and dry faster than other towels, microfibre towels take up less space in your Laundromat’s washing and drying machines. They will be ready for re-deployment faster than their cotton counterpart. You can save up to 40% of your towel maintenance time and budget simply by switching to microfibre. These towels are so useful and practical, they pay for themselves over a short period of time! Mother nature will thank you too for cutting down on your use of natural resources, such as electricity and water. Conversion to micro-fibre will not only save your pocketbook, but it will also attract eco-conscious clients that prefer to support “green” businesses.

Caractère Paris, through Disposable-Linen.com, offers white Micro-Fibre towels in sets of six towels, available in three convenient sizes: small, 50 x 80 cm (20 x 32 in); medium, 70 x 140 cm (28 x 55 in); and large, 140 x 200 cm (55 x 80 in).

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How to Avoid Suffocation Risks while on Holiday: Disposable Sleeping Bags and Blankets for Babies

Resorts, hotels, inns, motels and guest cottages generally don’t know what to provide to families with babies and young infants. Sheets and blankets are too large to be used in cribs. When folded, they can become too hot for the baby. What’s more, they can pose choking hazards to the baby in the middle of the night. Since infants have not yet developed the neck musculature of adults, in the case of near-suffocation, it’s not easy for them to adjust their sleeping position in order to be able to breathe. Improper bedding set-ups are the main contributor to why SIDS, or Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, occurs (unfortunately) relatively often in modern society.

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Seated Babies in Sleeping Bag

Some hoteliers hope parents will have brought their own baby linens and beds from home. Others provide a minimal level of comfort with a sheet or blanket, but do not have products specially made for small children. Clever property owners and managers know that the lack of specialty products in this domain means an ideal opportunity to out-smart the competition. Disposable Linen offers a new product, the disposable baby-sized sleeping bag, the perfect solution for both parents and hotels. A soft layer of fabric envelopes the baby without smothering him or her, retaining the perfect amount of heat on a chilly night while remaining breathable during the summer. The shape conforms to the baby’s body while eliminating all choking hazards: no dangerous pillows, no oversized sheets, no thick duvets. Instead, the parents will have a happy baby in one simple step, with one sole product.

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Seated Baby in Sleeping Bag

The baby sleeping bag makes a lovely welcome gift that will surprise parents by the thoughtfulness behind it. Its low price makes it an affordable bonus to offer to certain families. Client testimonials laud this product for its stylish, well-planned design and quality construction. Many luxury hotels in Paris have made the sleeping bag their exclusive gifts to guests with young children, but the sleeping bags remain accessible in terms of price to every type of lodging. Of course, if profits are the main concern, the reception can charge a small fee for distribution. Either way, parents often appreciate the sleeping sack much more than a simple, useless Teddy bear or doll.

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Reclining Baby in Sleeping Bag

While the baby sleep sacks are not intended to be washed, the nonwoven fabric will endure for several months. In fact, the child usually outgrows the sleeping bag before it deteriorates or the parents decide to throw it out. It’s a versatile product with two adjustable sizes, intended for children from a few weeks old to 18 months. The bow ties are available in six colours, one for every parent and child’s preferences imaginable. Allergy problems are avoided because the nonwoven fabric is hypoallergenic. The individual wrapping guarantees the cleanliness of the product with every use. Special touches like this gift will help develop and retain clientele who understand you care about their well-being, in addition to booking rates.

For this and other products for babies, please visit Disposable Linen’s Baby Care website.

To be Prude or to be Nude? Massages in Total Comfort with Massage Apparel

Every one knowsg-string massages are a time to relax. Yet preparing for a massage can be (and all too often is, unfortunately) a stressful experience.

First, you have to choose the right day and time to visit your therapist, and make sure nothing stressful is scheduled before or after the massage that would take you out of the zone of inner peace.

Second, you have to choose the rig
ht therapist: one who won’t massage too hard, but not too soft either; with the right style — Swedish, Californian, Ayurvedic or deep tissue; with the right oils so that your skin leaves the appointment feeling nourished, without breaking out in pimples the next day.

Third, right before the session, the moment most likely to cause awkwardness and stress comes: the time to undress. Some parlours require their clients to strip down entirely and become naked, then crawl under a sheet or towel they provide in order to give the guest an illusion of privacy.

Certain places even pretend it isn’t traumatic to change into your birthday suit in front of a therapist — a guy or gal you may have met mere minutes earlier.

According to a poll on About.com to which over 5,000 people responded, “What do you wear during massage,” more than half of the respondents said, “Nothing. I remove all my clothing.” However, this isn’t necessary anymore because salons and spas have now started to provide their clients with massage apparel.

This new development assures the client privacy and comfort before, during and after a massage. Some unfamiliar with the world of massage may wonder exactly what is massage apparel.

Massage wear is disposable, single-user (but not necessarily single-use) clothing made to protect and keep warm clients who receive massages. While simple in design, it comes in extra soft fabrics and comfortable cuts that guarantee relaxation.

Caractère Paris offers a full line of massage apparel, including underwear, shorts, shirts and jackets.

disposable Men's G-string

disposable Men’s G-string

A wide variety of underwear, such as thongs, slips, and panties, exist for the essential comfort of massage clients. The male thongs are a great starting point, covering the essential bits and pieces without rendering the massage difficult. They come for roughly 25 pence each, an accessibly affordable improvement for any massage service.

For women, a stylish and elegant G-String takes the first step toward proper clothing during a
massage. They’re also perfect for tanning salons in order to minimize tan lines and for masks or other chemical treatments that would stain most clothing.

Another option for the more modest female client is the panty, with a wider backside that affords better coverage. With both at slightly more than 20 pence per unit, how can one not provide their clients with this essential? Finally, even plus sized individuals can enjoy massages in discretion with the Large Disposable Adult Panties Underwear. Among these four products, there is a size and style for virtually everyone.

Luxury salons also provide their clients with a full line of comforting and warm massage apparel, which includes shorts, shirts and jackets.

The shorts come first in the list of priorities because of the area they cover. Their comfortable, soft Absorbtex ® material is durable, resistant to rips or tears and will absorb oils or other liquids used during salon treatments, such as masks and body wraps. They come in three sizes, each with an elastic band around the waist that keeps them in place.

The massage shirt is the other essential for full-service salons. They are generously cut and come with a set of buttons down the front that allow easy, fast dressing and removal. Each shirt comes individually wrapped, with a variety of sizes available for every client.

Finally, the massage jacket is the optimal finishing touch for any massage. It comes in a stylish, fashionable look that resembles a kimono, with a V-neck opening, pockets and belt to secure the jacket around its wearer and offer maximum comfort during the massage.

On top of all of this, the above products are all recyclable, meaning you can play your part in protecting the environment by avoiding having to wash, dry and buy new reusable apparel for when you clients want to take it with them. Any salon owner will tell you that (especially if it is the guest’s first time in a salon), the slightest detail can make or break his or her experience. In these cases, attention to detail on the part of the salon owner is essential. Investments, even small ones in things like massage apparel, will pay off over the long run in satisfied return customers and word of mouth advertising.

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Massage Jacket

Sanitation, Comfort and Practicality: Disposable, Protective Covers for Headphones, Headsets, Earphones and Microphones

from Caractère ParisThe development of the computer, the television, the CD, film, the telephone and the seemingly infinitely expanding forms of media that exist today has revolutionized the way we learn and stay informed about the world around us.

These inventions have similarly revolutionized libraries and commerce, in particular for sectors that specialize in media. Both saw the emergence of public listening stations and computers where users could sample the work of the artists that inspire and interest them.

With the need for discretion, quiet and a personalized experience in these public places came the popularization of public earphones. We all know, those dreadful things that, even a day after their purchase, always seem to smell and feel sweaty, oily and simply unclean.

Whether a pair of tiny earbuds that seem to disappear when one wears them, or the headset typically worn by a helicopter pilot, shared headphones are rarely a pleasure to put on, let alone wear for the duration of a movie.

What’s more, given the recent threats of various animal flu epidemics (avian, pork, etc.), these headphones have become a public health nightmare because they function as a conduit for the spread of infectious germs.

However, the flu is not the only negative possibility: skin diseases, parasites, fungi, lice, acne and other undesirable creatures can live on the surface or become lodged in the foam of earphones. Talk about unwelcome guests, and all you wanted to do was listen to a new album or watch a short video…

Librarians and shop owners have of course become aware of these issues through complaints from the general public. Unfortunately, they are also liable for the issues that arise from providing shared earphones, which could, in severe cases, result in law suits or health inspection agency fines.

What steps can be taken to ensure sanitation and a pleasurable multi-media experience for each user? Until now, managers only had two choices: buy a new pair of earphones for each client, or to clean and disinfect the headphones between each use.

The first is obviously wasteful (because most people already own several pairs of said earphones and don’t need any more — think about all the times you’ve rejected a pair of cheap earphones gifted to you aboard a plane) and often cost prohibitive, especially given a financial crisis that has forced budget cuts for public services worldwide.

The second option, to thoroughly clean and disinfect the earphones, is more economical and less wasteful, but it also requires the purchase of abrasive, sometimes toxic chemicals and cleaning equipment, and is very labour intensive.

The last time anyone checked, “earphone cleaning and maintenance” does not figure into the job description of librarians or store staff. Also, while disinfectants are highly effective, they never kill 100% of the germs, nor can they remove lice and other parasites.

The other issue that arises is the wetness after cleaning, which can damage the equipment or require a long wait to dry. This makes the business owner or library manager return to the question of what the point was of cleaning headsets if it’s going to require one to buy additional earphones for users in between cleaning cycles.

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Headphone Cover Detail

Finally, an economical and practical solution was invented: the disposable headset protection cover!

It looks like a small cap that covers the surface of the listening device with a relatively thin layer of mesh cloth, attached around the earpiece with an elastic strap on the non-listening side to keep the cover in place.

This elastic does not bother the listener, but also allows the covers to conform to a variety of headset sizes and shapes: They are made from a high-quality, light, nonwoven fabric, making them very resistant to wear.

During manufacture, the same hygienic procedures are employed as with the manufacture of medical gowns and surgical scrubs, meaning the covers arrive sterile, individually wrapped for simple distribution.

As such, this guarantees a unique experience for each user. However, the user can decide if he or she wants to recycle or reuse the covers – they’re single-use in the sense that only one user opens the packaging of each pair, but there is no limit to the number of times they may choose to use (and reuse) the covers.

They come in six different sizes to allow their use with the smallest ear buds or the widest “Mickey Mouse ear” headphones. On top of the size choice, the buyer may specify either black or white. White is less expensive because it’s cheaper to produce, but black looks discreet that many enterprises and media centres prefer it.

They can also be employed to cover microphones in order to shield them from saliva, germs and other problems that can arise and damage expensive equipment.

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White Headphone Cover Sizes

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Black Headphone Cover Sizes

The covers are affordable enough to be changed regularly, in between each user; and simple enough to deploy that the users can change them personally, a reassuring gesture that guarantees a feeling of being cared about and that gives the establishment a sense of professionalism.

In addition to stores and libraries, these covers can be equally useful for educational purposes

  • classrooms,
  • exam halls,
  • training sessions, simulators,
  • interactive exhibits at museums, planetariums, aquariums,
  • press conferences or diplomatic meetings that require translations,
  • pre-court proceedings (such as, for recording or listening to depositions),
  • call and chat centres,
  • tele-support services, advice hotlines, public phone stations and payphone services.

Happy Feet at the Spa, Salon, Resort and Hotel: Disposable Slippers Save the Day

Over the last few years, a new invention has improved sanitation and simplified logistics for spa, pool, resort and hotel owners: deploying disposable sandals, slippers and flip-flops in daily operations.

With spa treatments more popular than ever, such as tanning, massages, yoga classes and chic wellness wraps (who hasn’t been tempted by the idea of a seaweed and cucumber “mummy” wrap?), owners need practical solutions to ensure consistent hygiene and cleanliness in their establishments.

Diseases such as Athlete’s Foot (also known as Ringworm of the Foot or Hong Kong Foot in other parts of the world) prosper in humid and warm environments, like those typically found in spas, saunas, showers, locker rooms and around pools.

In severe cases or for those with compromised immune systems, this disease can progress to the point of necessitating treatment with an oral anti-biotic.

Since vacation and spa businesses see a constant change of clientèle, transmission of inflections like athlete’s foot can happen in an instant, yet tarnish the reputation of your institution for a lifetime.

Two options remain for property owners and managers: either let their guests become infected, which ruins their visit, or provide sandals and slippers to prevent the spread of disease and creation of unsanitary conditions.

For many owners, providing a pair of reusable slippers or sandals to each client can prove cost prohibitive and wasteful. To save the image of your business and your pocketbook, Caractère Paris  offers a wide range of disposable solutions, from open to closed toed, and basic to luxury, both in black and white, with the option to add an embroidered, customized logo.

The Basic line of Disposable Slippers has everything your clients could want and nothing they don’t need. Intended for use in budget and moderately priced establishments, these slippers, available in white, are made with a soft, non-woven material that comforts the foot from both below and above as the client walks. These slippers can be purchased in either closed or open toe format.

Breathable holes in the surface of the sole allow the foot to dry quickly, which prevents the accumulation of smelly bacteria and stays clean.

The underside is coated with a criss-cross, rubberized anti-slip pattern that prevents falls, even on soaked tiles and pool decks.

Available in both open and closed toe models, these sandals include a thin level of padding under the foot to make their wear comfortable. In fact, given the breathable design and their top quality fabrication, one pair can be worn for several days or even weeks, depending on the client’s preferences.

Salons and spas can decide on their own either to provide these slippers for free or sell them to clients for a slight profit.

Higher end establishments will likely opt for the luxury line of slippers, available in both black and white, and either a closed or open toe.

In the Luxury line, the non-woven fabric of the basic model is replaced by an extra soft, sponge-y mousse made of microfibre loops.

The end result is a delicate and enjoyable touch for the skin.

Of course the undersides come with the same anti-slip properties as the basics, but the upper side of the soles are twice as thick, with extra layers of padding that guarantee a comfortable walk over long distances.

In addition to a higher quality sole, the strap has been reinforced and the nonwoven tissue replaced with a double-layer of the spongey microfibre material.

Discerning clients will be able to tell the difference between the luxury line and the basic disposable slipper because of the design, the feel and the speed at which their feet dry in the extra absorbant terry cloth material.

These slippers look and feel like the reusable ones that normally cost ten times as much, but their disposable nature makes them available to you and your guests at a fraction of the normal price.

Spas and salons can decide how they want to distribute the slippers independently, either as a welcome gift or with a slight charge to add to the client’s bill.

Either way, once they’ve taken a step in the Luxury Line slippers, your customers will thank you for choosing quality over quantity.

While the Basic line is only available in white, the luxury line comes with a wide variety of options.

These include the two colors, black or white; the choice to embroider a customized logo; and also the recent arrival of a Children’s size; all available with either open or closed toed ends.

Hotel, resort and spa owners know that reputation can make the difference between a floundering and a flourishing business. By providing the correct conditions and amenities, a one-time visitor who denounces their experience to their friends and family, can be transformed into a loyal return customer, who also functions as free advertising by recommending the location to his or her family and friends. Help grow your business by paying attention to details and gain back on your investment.

Getting the Most from their Stay: How to Help Guests take Advantage of Hotel Amenities

How many times have you heard the question, “I’ve forgotten my bathing suit, do you happen to have any spares”? Guests constantly pose this inquiry to hotel staff, who often must answer, to the guests’ dismay, with a simple “no.” Otherwise, they tell the guest to look elsewhere, for example in a department store or the souvenir shop down the road. A survey conducted in 2004 by Travelodge revealed that while up to 75% of tourists in Britain reported the availability of a gym plays a deciding factor in their selection of a resort or hotel, only 32% of guests actually use these spaces. What’s worse, while many consider pools important in their hotel choice, only 22% of guests ever take a dip.

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Men's sport shorts

These figures translate into a major loss for consumers, who in turn feel disappointed by the fact that they have to pay for ever higher room prices, which must be raised by owners to support services that the guests cannot even use. According to the same study, cumulatively, travellers in the UK waste up to £186 million every year on goods and services they don’t need, want or use at the resorts and hotels where they stay. About 1/6th of that wasted money, or £29 million, is spent annually on unused wellness amenities, for the maintenance of pools, saunas, gyms and fitness equipment that sit empty and must be constantly updated to conform with the latest trends and technological innovations.

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One-Piece Bathing Suit

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Girl's Bikini

How can hotel managers ensure their guests enjoy their stay and don’t regret their choice of establishment? Of course, they can do this by allowing guests to take advantage of the location’s amenities. Caractère Paris offers a variety of reusable emergency bathing suits and work out apparel for hotels to offer or sell to their clients. High end properties usually give out the bathing suits for free, considering their cost included in the price of the room. Basic level lodging can choose to charge a nominal fee for these extra bathing suits, which the clients normally won’t mind paying in order to take advantage of the amenities that sold them on the hotel.

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Boy's swim shorts

In terms of selection, there are both Two-Piece Bikini swimsuits and One-Piece “scoop” cut solids, available in a range of sizes that will fit every size and shape of woman. Caractere also offers two different styles for men, the stretchy and fashionable Brief-style bathing suits popular throughout Europe, and the less-traditional, American Boxer-style swim trunks. Between the four styles, almost every conceivable age, body type and fashion sense is covered. Available in sets of 6 or in the 50 piece starter value pack, these bathing suits become an indespensible asset to your guests. For children, Caractere Paris offers boys’ swim trunks and girls’ bikini swimsuits in several sizes. All come in black because among consumers, it’s the colour most universally accepted. Your guests will love the comfort and style of these suits, for which they’ll thank you for covering all the bases and thinking of the quality of their stay.

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What is Non-Woven Fabric? How does it differ from woven fibres? How is it used? What are its advantages and disadvantages?

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Sanitary Headset or Earphone Protection Covers made of nonwoven fabric, from Disposable-linen.co.uk

Non wovenfabrics are sheets or networks of fibres, bound or tangled together via mechanic, thermal or chemical means. As opposed to traditional materials, such as cotton, linen, wool, and silk; non-woven fabrics do not necessitate weaving or knitting during
production. This means there is no time or energy spent spinning the individual fibres into yarn. Instead, they can be produced quickly and efficiently, all the while preserving very high standards of quality, softness and resilience. The binding process usually occurs through the pressing of fibres together with an adhesive, chemical binder, heat, ultrasonic pattern bonding, water combination and/or by interlocking the fibres with serrated needles. This technological development for the fabric industry is often applied in either flat sheet form or thicker slices for various purposes, including to absorb or repel liquids, resist against wear, to add a quality of stretchiness or softness, to increase comfort or strength, and to prevent the spread of flames or bacteria, especially in sterile and single-use products.

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One example of a non-woven product, a washcloth from Disposable-Linen.co.uk

Non woven fibres have many uses. According to the Association of Nonwoven Fabrics Industry, these can range from paper products like tags, envelopes and labels; to bathroom essentials such as sanitary or anti-bacterial wipes, diapers, adult incontinence prevention and feminine hygiene products; to medical solutions that include bandages, caps, face masks and surgical scrubs and gowns; to filters for water, coffee, tea, gas/oil, vacuums and HEPA air filters; to consumer products through padding, packaging, insulation, carpeting, upholstery, disposable towels, fabric dryer sheets, earphone protection covers and disposable textiles; to construction and petrochemical industry uses in manufacturing insulation, wall coverings, civil engineering and roofing materials.

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Another example of a non-woven product, a sanitary handwipe from Disposable-Linen.co.uk

Industries and consumers tend to favor non woven fabrics for their ease of customization, cost, attractiveness, durability, ventilation, weight, disinfectant-carrying and filtration capacity, ecological awareness (because they do not harm animals or the Earth during production, unlike traditional fibres, and can always be recycled), and because they ensure hygiene with each use. However, due to the fact that they often cannot be washed or reused, non woven fabrics necessitate the proper disposal facilities to treat and then recycle their fibres. Depending on their manufacturing process and intended use, they can also be thinner and therefore less durable than other products that are destined for reuse, but this attribute of course accompanies their affordable production and distribution.