Fine Linen Care
December 1, 2016
The season of entertaining is officially upon us. Whether opening your home for the holidays, throwing an intimate dinner party, or hosting out-of-town guests, all of our favorite linens are certainly being put to work. With what may seem like an endless laundry load of table linens, fingertip towels and sheets, it is important to take thoughtful care of fine fabrics in order to preserve their quality and make them last for many years to come. So, what is the best way to do this?
When possible, be sure to turn your linens inside out and wash them separately. Pre-treat any stains prior to washing. Machine wash is usually acceptable on gentle cycles with either cool or warm (never hot) temperatures depending on the manufacturer’s recommendation, as well as tumble drying on low heat in order not to damage the fibers. Line drying is always best if you hope to preserve the linens for generations to come. Many fine fabrics often get better after a few washes because cottons and linens are softened in the wash and volumized in the dryer.
Perhaps one of the most important tips we can give is to use a fine linen wash. Customers have used our SDH Fine Fabric Wash for years and keep coming back for more because it is all natural, gentle, and free of perfumes, dyes, chlorine and other harsh solvents.
Try to remove your textiles from the dryer when damp, if possible. This is the ideal time to press them using a well-padded ironing board and clean iron. When ironing, always iron on the underside in order to protect any embroidery, embellishments or appliques. Anichini, one of our favorite Italian linen companies, recommends pressing monograms face down on a terry towel so that the monogram can “fluff” out.
When finished, neatly fold your linens and store in a dry area with good air circulation. If storing any fabrics in a garment bag, please never use anything synthetic. Sferra, one of our top-selling luxury linen lines, recommends always having three sets of sheets – one on the bed, one in the wash, and one in the linen closet. Following French tradition, lavender sachets tucked into your linen wardrobe make it a touch more special.
We all love and appreciate a nicely organized and beautiful linen closet. With these easy tips involving a little extra care, you are well on your way to preserving your precious fabrics for many years to come. Cheers to your next round of guests!