Caring for high end linens like luxury tablecloths and duvet covers can seem overwhelming at first. However, these simple tips can help you keep your linens looking great around the clock! Use these suggestions to make sure your luxury table linens are in excellent shape for decorating, entertaining, and home use.
1. Dry Clean Only
Many high end linens are made with quality silks, and are embroidered or painted by hand. This makes washing these delicate items in a machine a big faux pas. Instead, have your luxury table linens, tablecloths, and duvet covers dry cleaned by a professional. Most dry cleaning is affordable, and you can take your linens in and have them done along with your other “dry clean only” items.
2. Iron Your Items From the Opposite Side
In the event that your table linens or duvet covers become wrinkled, they can be ironed on low heat without steam. High heat and steam can cause significant damage to delicate fabrics, including marring their color or warping embroidery. Simply turn the item over and iron the back to avoid damaging hand embroidery and beading. To further protect your high end linens, you can place an inexpensive pillowcase or soft cotton cloth over the item to put a barrier between the hot iron and your delicate linens.
3. Spot Clean Only When Necessary
If your table linens get stained or spilled on, blot the stain gently with a paper towel to remove any excess liquid or food. You may be able to gently rinse the remaining stain out with plain water, and allow the linen to air dry. Never use soap on your high end linens, avoid scrubbing at the area with a cloth, as this may damage the fabric or embroidery. For persistent or large stains, consult with a dry cleaning professional on the best way to remove it. Your dry cleaner has special tools and chemicals that can be used to remove spots and stains without damaging the fabric at all.
4. Store In a Cool, Dry Place
When storing your luxury linens, fold them gently and place them inside an inexpensive pillowcase or soft cloth bag. Store in a cool, dry place until you’re ready to use it again. Avoid storing high end linens in attics or basements, where the temperatures can vary greatly and there is the potential for exposure to liquids.
While using luxury table linens in high traffic areas like your living room and dining room can increase the chances that you’ll need to have them cleaned more often, using the simple tips above keeps the cleaning and care of your high end linens easy and inexpensive. You can enjoy fresh, bright, and luxurious table linens year round!