Washing Instructions June 10 2013
Clients have said that they would compromise their comfort to have something that is purely serviceable. Unfortunately, they may live with linens that don’t provide the luxurious comfort that they deserve. Like any luxury item, a little extra care will reward you for many years with comfort and lasting beauty. Nothing is more splendid than slipping into a freshly changed bed.
Addressing how to launder your Linen wardrobe is our pleasure.
The Ritual of Laundering
Sheeting, duvet covers and unlined shams
Machine wash on the gentle cycle with warm water to a maximum of 3oC. Select mild laundry soap, such as a special linen wash or an ecologically formulated product. Avoid washing solutions that contain hidden bleaches. A small amount of laundry soap will suffice. If linens are heavily soiled, the pre-soak cycle should be used. Always add the solution when the basin is full of water and the washer starts the agitation cycle to avoid discoloration. Wash coloured and dark fabrics separately in cold water to a maximum of 24C. Air dry linens in a cool dryer or hang to dry. A hot dryer cycle can cause permanent damage to the yarn, particularly the last 5 minutes.
Iron damp on a cool setting to regain the luster and sheen. Most cotton sheets function at their optimum after ironing, however, a casual pressing may be suitable for pillowcases and the top-sheet turn back. Family and pet friendly linens are a wonderful option for households who don’t wish to iron.
Ironing Embroidery and Hem-stitched borders
When removing embellished sheets from the wash gently stretch and coax the treatment back into place. Avoid using the dryer to prolong the beauty.
Always iron embroidery on the reverse side. Gently stretch and iron on the appropriate setting with plenty of steam. Hem-stitching may be ironed right side up to gently coax it back into shape.
Pre-soaking new Linens to prolong their life
Always pre-soak new linens in cold water for several hours before proceeding with the gentle laundry cycle. This helps to seal the yarn and ensure long-term wearability.
Make sure the area to be treated is soaked in water before starting. White sheets spot easily with full strength washing solutions. Dark, intense and non-colorfast colours should be treated with a diluted solution or one made for that purpose.
Always store fine linens in a well ventilated moisture free area.
Wrap in cotton or an acid free paper. Avoid plastic or coloured tissue as it may cause discoloration.
“What’s in your detergent?”
Detergents containing brighteners or hidden bleaches may be good for some applications but fine linens require a gentle washing soap. Some light coloured sheets may be bleached on the rare occasion with an appropriate product but darker colours will eventually fade and fibres will weaken.
Line drying is a wonderful way to care for your linens, returning them to the bed with crisp, wrinkle free freshness. White sheets may be line-dried in direct sunlight but coloured fabrics must be hung in the shade.
Fine quality linens woven from long staple Egyptian cotton are naturally soft, therefore fabric softeners are not necessary.
Egyptian cotton towels are inherently coated with oils that may take a few washings to remove. To speed up the process add ½ cup of white vinegar to the final rinse cycle.
Towel borders are extremely sensitive to dryer heat. After washing, gently stretch the border back into shape. *Some borders have been pre-washed eliminating the need to re-shape after washing.
Keeping Linens Fresh
Upon rising turn back the duvet cover and the top sheet to the end of the bed. Remove the pillows and fluff. This allows the moisture and heat to escape. Spray the linens with Lavender water made for this application.
*Avoid spraying Lavender water on silk bedding as it may cause discoloration.