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COMPETITION TIME! Win A Beach Bundle Worth £18!

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Universal Textiles are offering one lucky person the chance to win a beach bundle when making a purchase via the Universal Textiles website. One winner will be randomly chosen from those who have made a purchase between 1/7/2017 and 15/7/2016.

The following criteria must be met in order to enter the competition:

1. Purchases must have been made via the Universal Textiles website between 1/7/2017 and 15/7/2016.

2. One person will be randomly drawn (on 18/7/2016) from the eligible entries in the specified period with the winner notified by email/phone. If the winner cannot be contacted after reasonable efforts to do so, Universal Textiles reserves the right to offer the prize to the next eligible entrant drawn at random.

3. The winner agrees to the use of their name and image in any publicity material.

4. Universal textiles reserves the right to cancel or amend this competition, including its terms and conditions, at any time without notice.

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Summer-Proof Your Kids With Our Top Seasonal Picks

Whether it’s the extended school holiday or sunny trips out with family and friends, kids have a lot to be excited about when it comes to summer. To make sure that they’re ready to get out and about and make the most of the warmer weather, we’ve gathered together our top picks for sun-friendly children’s clothing and accessories, covering everything from headwear to footwear.

Although the summer sunshine offers many positive benefits, prolonged exposure can also lead to sunburn and whole host of more serious ailments, particularly when children’s sensitive skin is concerned. Suncream goes a long way to battling harmful UV rays, but a peaked cap such as this Just Cool Children’s Baseball Cap can help to add further protection, and this Beechfield Legionnaire Hat goes the extra mile to shield kid’s necks too.

Lightweight clothing is a must for the summertime, and that’s certainly no exception for kids. Made from 100% cotton and available in a choice of six vibrant colours, this Contrast Piped Short Sleeve T-Shirt is the perfect choice for boys, and this Floral Pattern Summer Dress is a cute summer-friendly option for girls looking to keep cool and have fun in the sun.
Whether it’s the beach or the pool, at home or abroad, summer is the perfect time for kids and adults alike to take to the water. Boasting a netted inner lining and a trendy Hawaiian design, these Boys Palm Tree Board Shorts are a great option for trips to the coast, and with its stretchy build and high UV protection, this Aqua Sphere Cabana Swimsuit will ensure that girls are ready for the beach when term time draws to a close.

Beach towels are another important consideration for parents taking kids to the coast, and these Children’s Microfibre Towel Ponchos put a spin on the traditional summer staple, turning them into wearable garment. With a host of different styles for girls and boys including pirates, starfish, strawberries and sun glasses, they’re as as fun as they are as effective, and can also work to keep kids warm if the weather takes a turn for the worst.

Effective summer footwear needs to offer proper ventilation without compromising on comfort. Sandals and flip-flops are the go-to choice for many a parent, but with a built-in light-up toe, these Boys Skechers Street Lightz Sandals offer something a little different, and will ensure that kids are the envy of their friends. For girls, these Floso Flower Trim Flip Flops are great for easy on-off access, and even boast synthetic flower detailing on the toe strap, perfect for the ultimate girly girl.

Be sure to check out our full range of children’s clothing at Universal-Textiles.com!

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Stress Free Spring Cleaning

Springtime can mean many things to many people. Whether it’s the celebration of new life or simply the end of a long, hard winter, there are lots of things to look forward to (including those Easter eggs). However, it can also mean that spring cleaning is on the horizon. But if the idea of shifting sofas and spending hours de-cluttering doesn’t really appeal to you, check out our guide to giving your home an easy and affordable face lift.

A great way to make a big difference in your home is to rethink your existing colour schemes. Tired of a bland, beige living room? Spice things up with a few touches of red by pairing these Fleur De Lis Design Cushion Covers with these Copper Red Luxury Faux Silk Curtains. Little changes like this are sure to make an impact in your room of choice, without the hassle of removing and replacing larger items.

Getting your kids involved with the yearly clear-out may seem a near impossible task, but one way to ease the transition is to include some familiar, friendly faces in their re-designed rooms, and make sure that they have some input too! Whether it’s the Ben 10 Duvet Set, these Hello Kitty Storage Boxes or the Thomas The Tank Engine Floor Mat, whatever they’re into, there’s something for everyone!

Tired of tatty old textiles lurking in the bathroom? Replacing your towel set is another great way to add new life to a room with minimal effort. The 6 Piece Embroidered Cotton Towel Gift Set will do the job nicely, and at 100% cotton, comfort and quality are guaranteed. Try pairing these with this 2 Piece Fish Pattern Bath And Pedestal Mat Set to easily refresh your bathroom.

When it comes to bedrooms, comfort is a must. So if you’re tired of itchy winter bedspreads and looking to add a few new, stylish touches, there’s no better time than now. This Flower Pattern Embroidered Quilt And Duvet Set will do the job nicely, and in single, double and king size, you can bring a new look to your bedroom however big or small. Try matching this with these Flock Print Tab Top Curtains to give the room a fashionable, modern look.

Click here to check out our full range of home textiles for further inspiration!

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Shop for the Perfect Christmas Break

Planning on escaping the seasonal chaos and getting away this Christmas? We’ve got hundreds of products to suit every type of winter break. Whether you’re jetting off for some winter sun or skiing in the Alps, Universal Textiles has everything you’ll need.

Shopping for swim wear during the colder months can prove to be difficult on the High Street, here at Universal Textiles we still have a range of Bikini’s, Swimming Shorts and Beach Towels available all year round. Our Animal Print Bikini Set is perfect for swimming and sunbathing in style. For Men, we have a wide selection of trunks like these Hawaiian Print Fade Beach shorts, available in 3 different colours, which would make an excellent addition to your holiday wardrobe.

For those of you choosing ski lifts over sun beds, we’ve got all of your last minute essentials at affordable prices. We have a huge variety of thermal ski accessories for you to choose from, the FLOSO Mens Heavy Ski Thinsulate Thermal Fleece Gloves with Palm Grip are some of our warmest and most practical gloves. If you’re taking the kids, our Owl and Bear ski hats with ears are warm, fun and great for keeping an eye on them in the Snow.

We also have a wide selection of children’s beach towels, ranging from favourite football teams, celebrities, cartoon characters and television shows. This Bart Simpson Beach Towel Poncho is super soft and easy to carry, ideal for children who’d rather run around than dry off.

Whatever the destination, check out Universal Textiles for all your holiday essentials.

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Choosing Children’s Towels

From Monday Universal Textiles will be offering newsletter subscribers an extra 15% off all Children’s Home Textiles. This includes Children’s Bedding (as featured in Tuesday’s blog), Curtains and Towels amongst other things. Here we take a look at a selection of our Kid’s Towels on offer.

A style which has been popular with adults and kids alike is the Towcho. This combination of a poncho and a traditional towel is great for days at the beach and our Towchos are of a large size (75cm x 150cm) making them a comfortable fit. The Official Spiderman Towcho and the Official My Little Pony Towcho are two great examples of this design. Both made from 100% cotton they have a soft fine outer on which the brand image is displayed, whilst the inner layer of these products is made of a highly absorbent material allowing your child to dry quickly.

The classic Beach/Bath Towel is a staple of any home and we are delighted to offer a wide range of Children’s Beach Towels. Great for holidays or everyday use, we have designs and characters we know your kids will love. Two such towels are the Official Bart Simpson Beach Towel and the Official In the Night Garden Beach Towel. Both made from 100% cotton, these large quality towels are highly absorbent. Great for the beach or the bathroom, the Bart Simpson Towel will be an incredible 40% off next week.

We also offer Towel Sets, perfect for your children whether at bathtime or when getting up in the morning. They feature a face cloth, hand towel and bath towel. An example of this is our Official Winnie the Pooh 3 Piece Set. Again made from 100% cotton, the fun design features Pooh and Tigger enjoying a sunny day. As with all our towels these are machine washable.

Lastly, we have this Hooded Bathrobe. A design kids love, this particular bathrobe has a hood, long sleeves, two large pockets and a belt. These are great for keeping your kids warm and dry as well as being used as an extra layer in winter months.

To view our full range of Children’s Towels, click here.

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Luxury Towels

We use towels every day, for drying our hands, for when we get out of the shower or the bath. So you may want to treat yourself to a bit of luxury when choosing a towel as they are something we use so regularly.

Towels originated from the City of Bursa in Turkey, and the city is still noted for the production of Turkish towels. In The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, by Douglas Adams, towels are described as “about the most massively useful thing an interstellar hitchhiker can have.” Egyptian Cotton Towels are seen as the highest quality of towels for their softness, strength and superior characteristics and we stock them here.

There are several types of towels, Flannels, which are used for cleaning your face and are the smallest. Hand towels, which as the name suggests are for drying your hands. Bath towels, which you would use for drying yourself and the slightly larger bath sheets for really wrapping yourself up in. We also have children’s towels for the beach or for making bath time fun.

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Pure Egyptian Cotton Towels Offer Luxury

It is well known that Egyptian cotton towels represent the height of luxury. The high thread count per square inch (psi) and the fact that it is the strongest cotton in the world makes Egyptian cotton a high quality material. Repeated washing and frequent use make the cotton softer as the material requires time to settle. It becomes more pliable and plush over time. Egyptian cotton is ideal for those with sensitive skin, such as children or the elderly, and of course, anyone who just likes the luxurious feel against their skin.

Egyptian cotton towels also have a longer life span than ordinary towels. Purchasing towels made from Egyptian cotton means many years of use where other towels would become worn and unpleasant to use.  Cotton is a natural fibre that is used for a variety of garments and fabrics and is the perfect choice for those who want a more natural option.

There is a range of Egyptian cotton towels in all sizes, including flannels, hand towels, bath towels, and the largest size, bath sheet. They are available in a variety of block colours so they can be matched to any current bathroom décor for an added touch of elegance.

Many people purchase these towels in sets with embroidery embellishments because they make ideal gifts for family and friends. These are available in white or cream so there is no risk of colour clashing with current decors.

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Choosing Egyptian Cotton Towels

We all like a taste of luxury in our life. This taste for small indulgences extends to every part of our lives, from quality cars right down to shoes.  One opportunity for pampering that should not be overlooked is bath time, and adding luxury there is easy when choosing Egyptian cotton towels.  For a long time these were considered far too expensive for those with a less than healthy bank balance, but they are now more widely accessible.

Egyptian cotton towels have the benefit of being very soft and highly absorbent.  The weight of the towels is 550gm for each square metre and Egyptian cotton has been proven one of the strongest types of cotton in the world, due to the length of the fibres.

Unlike other types of towels, which tend to show their age after a while, Egyptian cotton has the added benefit of becoming softer with each use.  The fabric ‘settles’, and as a result, towels made from this fabric will last much longer than ordinary towels. This particular luxury is also an investment.

The towels are available in a variety of sizes and colours.  The bath towels are very popular, and there is a selection of coordinating face flannels and hand towels making them easy to match. A popular option is the embroidered towel.  Each is marked with the towel type and the embroidery is in a contrasting colour to the towels, which are either white or cream.

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Buying Guide to Kids Beach and Bath Towels

One way in which parents can help to make a trip to the beach a little more fun is to purchase kids beach and bath towels separately.  Kids will love it if they have towels of their own and by choosing towels that feature their favourite characters then parents can be sure that children will feel a little more special.

The Peppa Pig combined towel and poncho – the “towcho” – is hooded and ideal for younger children.  The towel simply slots over the child and it can make it easier to dry them off after a dip in the sea or the swimming pool.  Peppa Pig is also available in a standard beach towel.  Older girls may like the “Groovy Chick” poncho design.  These are not hooded but are again perfect for getting children dried off.

For older boys there is a Spiderman three piece towel set featuring a face towel, hand towel and bath towel, which is ideal for use on the beach.  These work out to be good value and are a good way of encouraging boys to have a wash!  Alternatively the Bart Simpson three piece set is also available, as well as other designs.

Other designs include Thomas the Tank Engine, My Little Pony, Barbie, Dora the Explorer and a variety of Disney Characters.  Most of the kids beach and bath towels are made from 100% cotton, which is a natural fibre and the material has been designed to be absorbent.

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The Perfect Towels for Adults

Egyptian cotton is considered the height of luxury. Egyptian cotton towels get softer and fluffier with each wash and are an excellent choice for any household. From the smallest size, the facecloth, to the largest size, the bath sheet that measures a very generous 90 cm x 150 cm, the quality of the towel is evident. Egyptian cotton towels can add a touch of luxury for a very reasonable price.

All of the sizes are available in a variety of colours. This means they can match almost any home décor to stunning effect with either a complimentary colour or a contrasting colour. For those who like to keep it simple, plain whites and creams are available, but the range of colour choice also includes black, china blue, and even purple for a more dramatic effect.

The Egyptian cotton towels are also a great gift idea such as for a housewarming present. The embroidered sets come in either white or cream and are sure to look lovely in any home. The Egyptian cotton towels cost less than many people imagine, although the luxurious feel of them can make them seem as though they cost much more.

There is also a range of towels made of 100% cotton in a beach towel style, which is perfect for holidays in the sun. For the sports fan in the home, there is also a range of football towels depicting several of the premier league team logos, such as West Ham United, Manchester United, and Newcastle United.

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