The crisscross pattern used to produce percale has profound implications for a sheet’s lifespan. Simply put, percale sheets will outlast sateen sheets every single time. Percale’s tighter weave gives the sheet more durability, making it less susceptible to tears, abrasions, and other signs of age. By contrast, the threads in a sateen sheet exist in a highly imbalanced relationship — one that the gives the fabric far less internal strength and stability. Percale, meanwhile, can easily stand up to repeat laundering — and will actually get softer as it ages. Product Disclaimer: This product is excluded from all coupons and sales featured on the website.