CARING FOR LINENMost would think that just throwing linen into the wash regularly is all is to it. But ask anyone who's bothers to read care instructions, there's really a lot more to it.
DETERGENTIf you care for your linen, take care of what detergent you use. Never use detergents containing alkalis and avoid those with whiteners, bleach or optical brighteners. These additives typically damage or discolour fabrics over time.
Neutral, liquid, biodegradable detergents are great for preventing residue build-up on linen. Also, don’t pour any undiluted detergent onto them. If you have to, mix it with water first.
Most detergents get a little overzealous about dosage. Just use less than specified. For light loads, use half of what’s indicated.
- Prewash - Wash Weekly - Pre-Treat Stains - Delicate Items - Wash Separetly - Don't Overload - Wash Tempratures
IRONING ARTUnless you like your linen looking more wrinkled than a naked mole rat, you might want to consider ironing your linen. Here’s a few tips for doing just that:
- Linen is a lot easier to iron when they’re slightly damp. Use steam irons if you’ve got them. If not, iron your linen before they’re fully dry, either by dryer or line drying.
- Iron on the reverse side of sateen sheets to restore their sheen.
- For lace and embroidery, iron on the reverse side, but not before covering the lace or embroidery with a cloth or towel. This preserves the delicate patterns.
TOWELSTowels are more finicky than a sulky cat. There’s a ton of things to avoid when washing and caring for them, among which:
- No Mixing - Wash Softehers - No Heat - No Overloading - No Chlorine - No Irons
DRYING BEDDING AND TOWELS
- Whites - Colours - Hang Drey
STAIN REMOVALSome way, some how, no matter how much of a neat freak you may be, stains will get to it. Fortunately, we have to the solution to most of them.
- Candle Wax - Coffee, Tea, Soda - White Wine - Red Wine - Oils - Meat Juice or Tomato Juice - Ink - Chemicals
STORINGThe natural fibres in bed linen, just like every living thing, love breathing, keeping dry and staying cool. Store them in a cool, dry and well-ventilated area. Don’t store them in plastic bags or boxes or they will turn yellow. Cedar wood is also known to cause yellowing in fabrics.