DII Basic Buffet Napkin Set of 6, Blue Market Theme, made by
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I have a very strong preference for natural fibers, such as the cotton
these are made of (109%). I absolutely will not allow polyester (all the rage
now as "microfiber") in my kitchen or dining room.
Why? Aside from how bad polyester smells to me, the main issue is that when
polyester melts on skin it actually melts into the skin and that can make a very
serious burn out of what would otherwise be a very minor burn. Polyester is
prohibited apparel in electrical work for that very reason. Do
not use microfiber anywhere near electricity or heat sources.
Not all cotton cloth is the same. In fact, there are wide variations in quality.
When I look at a cotton cloth, I test its weight and examine the weave. This is
a light weight fabric, not the heavier weight that you would find in a cloth
napkin at a "coat and tie" restaurant. But that is to be expected because of how
these are priced (well below the price of formal cloth napkins) and positioned
(for casual dining situations). How light is the fabric? Well, if you hold one
up toward the overhead light you will see some light come through. Yet, they are
heavy enough to feel substantive. Gently wad one up and you feel resistance in
so doing. If one of these were a shirt, I would guess it to be a 6lb material. I
think this is about right for the intended use. Much heavier, and the napkins
would feel too formal.
This set is themed in blue, and there are three patterns (two napkins in
each pattern). While we generally like to have everything match in a set,
for example our dishes are in a set where they all look the same, having
this variety fits the casual theme. If you have one guest, then two people
can have the same pattern. Or not. If you have six guests, then you can make
things a bit more festive. If you're dead set on having all table settings
have the same napkin, then at this price point the obvious solution is to
buy a second or third set of these.
I said earlier that I wadded one of these up. One of the tests of a material is how well it recovers from wadding.
I wadded one then flipped it out to unwadded. Not a single wrinkle. So, a good
Each napkin is also hemmed all the way around, and I checked out that stitching
very closely. It's a "straight stitch," nothing fancy. But nothing fancy is
These napkins are bright and attractive. They can liven up a table setting. I'm
really happy with how these dress out a setting on my dining table.
The manufacturer correctly says not to dry these on high heat. Why people do
that to anything that come out of their clothes washer, I have no idea. That
practice damages the fibers and it's totally unnecessary. For all of your cloth
items, be they napkins, towels, bedding, pants, or shirts, follow these two tips
and you will quadruple how long those items last:
- Don't use the recommended amount of detergent or soap when washing; it's way, way too much.
Typically, people can cut back to about 20% of the recommended amount
and their clothes will come out even cleaner. But use a good product
from the organics aisle, not the smelly, chemical-laden stuff in the
consumer aisle. And never use "fabric softener" as it's actually quite
gross (read the label).
- Don't dry them completely in the clothes dryer. This is true for all
fabrics. That degree of drying actually damages the material. So does
high heat. Always dry on the lowest setting and remove while still
slightly damp. Let them air dry.