Laundry and Linen Care

All linens react differently to being washed - ask us about them. Some suggestions on how to wash the linen we sell:

Machine wash cool to warm on a gentle or handwash cycle.  Gently handwash linens that are delicate or loosely woven.

Hanging up to dry is best (linen dries very quickly).  Do not tumble dry - this can permanently damage fibres.

Press with a hot iron while the linen is slightly damp, for best results with little effort.  Allow to cool before using- this will reduce wrinkles.

For stains, try the following:

Ink: Leave to soak in milk or in a soap/ ammonia mixture, and gently dab the spot.

Blood: Rinse immediately in cold water, dab gently with handsoap.

Fruit, coffee, tea and chocolate: Dab with alcohol, white vinegar or ammonia.

Candle wax: Scratch off dried wax, absorb residue with blotting paper and warm iron.

Greasy stains: Dab with ammonia.

Red wine: Immediately put salt on the spill and dab with sparkling water or white wine.

If stains do not disappear, you can try: Soaking the linen in a good washing detergent, agitate gently with your hands and let sit overnight if possible, or soak the linen in hot water and lemon for an hour before washing as normal.  Avoid using chlorine bleach, which may damage the fibres.

Try a traditional method: Spread linen out in the sun for the day to brighten it up again. Sounds simple, but works!

Dry cleaning will preserve the 'crispness' and 'newness' of the linen without shrinking it.  Hand or machine washing and ironing, or just wearing the linen will make it softer - it gives the linen a 'lived in' distressed qualitly which is very desirable.