A beautifully set table honors those we invite to share in our special moments and celebrations. Table linens are a vital part of the creative process and help define the mood of an event. Ensuring your table linens are well cared for and stored properly is essential to their longevity and overall performance. Following the guidelines below will guarantee many fond memories gathered at the table with those you love.
- Most table linens should be laundered, whether professionally or at home. Very rarely will a tablecloth, runner, or cloth napkin require dry cleaning on their care label.
- Always use cold water wash and air dry. Fine linens can undergo shrinkage, usually 4% -5% when dried naturally. Tumble drying can increase shrinkage up to 10%.
- Never use fabric softener with table linens as it can dull the finish and leave a waxy film, particularly on synthetics.
- Separate whites and colored items to avoid fabric bleed.
- What about stains? Every stain is unique, but a universal rule of thumb is to treat stains as quickly as possible. With spills, remember to blot vs. rub as rubbing can embed a stain in fabric. Always spot test cleaning products on a hidden area. Not all tablecloths, cloth napkins, and table runners are made with color-safe dyes and will bleed, fade, or bleach easily with some stain removers. If having your linens cleaned professionally, provide as much information about the source of the stain to ensure proper cleaning.
- Press linens while barely damp. Iron on the highest setting the fabric can tolerate but be careful not to leave scorch marks.
- Ideal storage of tablecloths is to wrap them around large, sturdy, cardboard roller tubes (like rolled gift wrap). Other options include folding over a large strut-hanger (pant hanger) or folding and storing flat in a dry, cool area.
If you choose to have your table linens cleaned professionally, Glyndon Lord Baltimore Cleaners has been the cleaner of choice for area families since 1921. We began as a laundry and offer reassurance that the proper care techniques are being used to keep your linens looking their best for decades to come.