Getting Table Linens Ready for the Holidays

We can never publish this enough. But here we go again.

WHEN LAUNDERING LINEN NAPKINS and TABLECLOTHS

  • – All  linens can be machine-washed.
  • Wash your linens separately.
  • Use less detergent than recommended.
  • We recommend using the extra rinse option to ensure all detergent is removed, which will prolong their life.
  • – For stubborn spills, soak the linens overnight in a tub of water and one cup of stain remover.
  • – Never use chlorine bleach or any “bluing” agent which may damage the fibers.
  • – Popular detergents for linen products include Le Blanc Linen Wash and Biz Stain Fighter.
  • – We recommend line drying, however if you tumble dry, use a low heat and take them out before completely dry and lay flat.   Iron while slightly damp.
  • – We do not recommend dry-cleaning our linens (even though I do my tablecloths)
  • They are much nicer and smell much better if you don’t.
  • TO CLEAN YELLOW LINENS OR STAINED LINENS
  • PRESOAK
  • Use a large plastic tub and allow the linens to swim for a day. This will loosen up old stains, soap and starch.
  • PRETREAT
  • Use a stain stick and treat any stubborn stains
  • NOTE: If there are rust stains from pins or staples left in linens over time – spot treat with a q-tip using a rust remover.
  • RINSE  RINSE  RINSE
  • WASH
  • Wash by hand or on a gentle cycle. Use 1/2 the recommended detergent. No bluing detergents. If the stains have not been removed- repeat with the full recommended amount of detergent and a powdered oxygenated bleach. Use distilled water if possible.for very bad stains- allow to sit overnight.

RINSE  RINSE RINSE

  • DRY

    Air-dry vintage linens. More contemporary linens should be dried either on a rack or on a gentle cycle. Remember to take out before completely dry.

    IRON
    Use the cotton/linen setting. With antique and embroidered, delicate items, first place a pressing cloth or a towel on top to protect the fabric from direct heat. You can use distilled water and sizing when ironing to keep linens damp.  Be careful using tap water as it may have minerals that leave a stain.

    STORE LINENS PROPERLY
    Place Linens in a dry, dark cupboard. drawer or box lined with acid free paper.  This will keep the fabric from yellowing. You can roll them lie them flat or fold them.

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