You just got new linens and cannot wait to use them! But did you know there’s a protocol if you want to keep them in great condition year after year? We’ve broken down all the ways to keep you linens fresh!
Wash Them Properly
Linen napkins and placemats should be washed in cool to warm water with a gentle detergent. Avoid using bleach or fabric softeners, as they can damage the fibers and cause discoloration. If possible, wash them separately from other laundry items to prevent any snagging or tangling.
Dry Them Carefully
After washing, line-dry your linen napkins and placemats or use a low heat setting on your dryer. Avoid using high heat, which can shrink the fabric and damage the fibers. If you're air-drying them, be sure to hang them in a well-ventilated area and avoid direct sunlight, which can cause fading.
Iron With Care
To keep your linen napkins and placemats looking crisp and fresh, iron them on a low to medium heat setting. Be sure to iron them when they are still slightly damp to prevent scorching. If you prefer a more relaxed, casual look, you can skip the ironing altogether and embrace the natural texture of the linen.
Store Them Properly
When you're not using your linen napkins and placemats, store them in a cool, dry place that's free from moisture and direct sunlight. Such as a dresser drawer or linen closet. Avoid folding them tightly, as this can cause creasing and permanent wrinkles.
Handle Stains Promptly
If you spill something on your linen napkins or placemats, don't let the stain set in. Blot the stain with a clean, damp cloth and avoid rubbing, which can spread the stain. If the stain persists, try using a gentle stain remover or take them to a professional cleaner. The longer a stain sets in, the harder it will be to remove.
Rotate your linens
To prevent wear and tear, try rotating your linen napkins and placemats regularly. This will help distribute the use and minimize any fading or thinning in one particular area.