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How To Wash Fine Bed and Table Linens

  • by Scott Austin
  • 2 min read

Helpful tips that will help preserve you luxury bed and table linens for years to come!

Always pre-wash new linens before using. As fine fabrics are generally not pre-washed, this first wash is important for setting the threads, preserving the fabric’s beauty, and prolonging its life. Be sure to fully unfold, set the machine to include a cold pre-soak, and use minimal liquid detergent. Never use fabric softener with any fine linens, as it coats and weakens natural fibers. Your luxury linens will soften naturally with frequent use and additional washings. Never use chlorine bleach with any fine linens, as it also weaken natural fibers and may cause them to yellow. If fabrics need bleaching, use an oxygen-based bleach.

We recommend using a mild detergent Heritage Park Laundry Essentials. Do not pour detergent directly onto the fabric; rather, add it to the water as the wash tub fills, or dilute detergent with water and then add linens. Unless linens are very soiled, you need only use half the recommended amount of detergent. Pre-treat any stains prior to washing. Most linens can be washed on a gentle cycle in warm water, with a cold-water rinse. Separate linens into light and dark colors.

We recommend using Heritage Park Laundry Essentials Micro-Mesh Wash Bags to help with keeping delicate linens separate in during the wash cycle.

Avoid laundering fine linens with towels or other items, especially those containing polyester, and items made of heavy material, rivets, buttons, zippers, etc., as these can damage fibers and fabric. Wash matching linens (e.g. sheets and pillowcases) together, as each piece should be cared for similarly regardless of whether or not it is soiled (or even used) to help maintain color consistency and brightness. Do not overload the washing machine, as this can cause unnecessary abrasion to the fabric.

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