Expert tips caring for quality linens

Expert tips caring for quality linens

Quality linens deserve excellent care. Great care increases the fabrics longevity, appearance and is kinder on the environment.  Keep your linens looking & feeling ‘top-notch’ by following our top 6 tips: 

1 Water temperature

Set the machine to a warm but not hot wash, on a gentle or even delicate cycle. Follow with a cold-water rinse afterwards. Lower temperatures are better for the environment. Most detergents today are effective at removing stains and producing squeaky clean results, so washing at boiling temperatures is unnecessary. While your whites may still need a 60-degree wash, colours need nothing higher than an economical 40.

2 Detergents & conditioners

Use mild detergents free from bleaching agents. Chlorine or peroxide will weaken fibres and can cause yellow tinges. And never be tempted to put detergent directly onto your fabrics either. We recommend using slightly less detergent than the manufacturer suggests; usually, half the recommended amount is plenty.  Only add more if your fabric is soiled. We like Ecover and hear great things about Kinn products, which are eco AND vegan friendly.

Never use fabric conditioners. They coat the material, sitting on top of the surface to make it ‘appear’ soft.  However, using a conditioner with every wash will also degrade the fabric over time. Quality linens will soften naturally with every wash anyway.

For a natural fix, add a little salt to your detergent which will help prevent the loss of any embroidery thread colours or “running” of dyes.

3 Stain removal

Quality linen made from natural fibres will stain less than sheets made from synthetic materials. If sheets do become stained, apply a cup-full of white vinegar, then soak them in warm water before putting through a machine wash.

Washing linens regularly actually reduces the potential for stain build-up in the long term.

4 Drying

Linens are best left to dry on the washing line or a laundry airer. Tumble dryers and fragranced sheets are a big no-no as far as we’re concerned. The additional heat exposure + the lint within the dryer sheet sticks to the fabric and can cause abrasions.

5 Ironing

Quality linens look brilliant after ironing, reviving the smoothness and lustre that fibres can sometimes lose after a wash. For best results, get ironing while they’re still slightly damp and make sure you get the temperature of the iron correct for the particular type of fabric. Cottons respond well to a warm setting, whereas natural crinkly linens need a hot temperature.

If your bed linens contain delicate embroidery or embellishment’s, iron on the reverse side of the item.  For extra freshness, try a spritz with natural iron water. Either make your own with 50% essential oils (we love lavender) and 50% water or try a product like the Laundress Ironing Water. Beautiful scents create a luxurious feel when sinking into bedsheets or towels.

6 Storage

Linens should be stored in breathable conditions, folded on a shelf or in wicker baskets which allow air to circulate. Storing within airtight plastic containers can cause discolouration as they hold onto moisture—store with scented sachets on high-quality tissue paper to keep your linens smelling fresh and hole-free.   

If you know you need an extra pair of hands to keep on top of your linen requirements, outsource to us. We’ll take expert care of you & create a first-class experience for your customers.

All you’ll need to do in return is follow our checklist: 

  • Order the correct size and quantity for your beds and chairs.
  • Please make sure all hired goods don’t get damaged or abused during the hire period, only using them for their intended purpose. And it goes without saying, don’t attempt to sell or dispose of them!
  • Ensure our linens don’t get placed on or dragged across earthen ground, walked upon, and that candles aren’t placed directly onto them.
  • When packing to return, make sure all linens are fully dry and that any food, table decorations, party streamers etcetera are removed before packing (as this can cause permanent stain damage).
  • Separate all stained or wet linens from the dry pile(s) and label clearly as stained.
  • All linens hired out as part of a set must be returned as a complete set. 
  • Use the appropriate linens bags we provide.

Taking our Service Packs will give you peace of mind + heavenly comfort for your customers.  Great care in every sense. Get in contact for a quote:www.beyondlinens.co.uk/contactus