General Bed Linen Care Guidelines
Pre-Wash: always pre-wash new bed linens before using. This first wash is important for setting the threads, preserving the fabric's beauty and prolonging its life. Be sure to fully unfold and use minimal liquid detergent.
For the first pre-wash please refer to the care label on each item and our machine washing suggestions below.
Use of a fabric softener (liquid or dryer sheets) is not recommended for any fine linens, as it coats and weakens natural fibers.
Detergents: Your luxury linens will soften naturally with frequent use. A mild detergent that is appropriate for luxury linen is recommended. Detergents with bluing agents or whiteners are not recommended. LINENWASH is suggested for tough stain removal washings.
Rotation: We recommend using at least three sets of bed linens in rotation: one on the bed, one in the laundry and one in the linen closet. This will afford each set proper rotation and a rest from use and a rest from wash. We also recommend that you wash matching linens (e.g. sheets and pillowcases) together, as each piece should be cared for similarly, regardless of whether or not it is stained or soiled.
Shrinkage: Linens washed in hot water or dried at hot temperatures will shrink excessively. Luke warm or cold wash and low heat dry or line-dry are the usual recommended settings.
Garment Dyed Collections: These bed linens were dyed & finished in a special production process to obtain its vintage look. Exposure to direct sunlight or the use of common stain removal chemicals can result in discoloration. These items have already been prewashed and shrunk during the special finishing process.
· Do not overload the washing machine
· Use a mild detergent
· Wash bed linens separate from other fabrics especially synthetics that may pill and affect the smoothness of the bed linens.
· Linens should be separated into light and dark colors and washed separately from anything else
· Wash 100% linen and linen/cotton blends separately to avoid abrasion from other fibers especially synthetic fibers. Wash delicate cycle cold water.
· Do not pour detergent directly on fabric; add the detergent to the water first and then add your linens.
· Do not use bleach or detergents with bluing agents or whiteners- these may weaken fibers and cause them to yellow.
· Unless linens are very stained or soiled you may reduce the recommended amount of detergent.
· Use a delicate spin cycle
· Remove washed bedding promptly from the washing machine. This helps reduce wrinkling and minimizes the risk of color bleeding from a dark-colored border onto a light background. Shaking damp linens out before drying on a low heat setting will also help reduce wrinkles. Fabric softeners and dryer sheets are not recommended as their chemicals prevent the bed linens from naturally becoming softer over time. Fine linens will begin to soften after 3-4 washings.
· Shake out linens before placing in the dryer
· Do not use dryer sheets or softeners
· Do not overload the dryer
· Tumble dry low heat or delicate cycle; remove while still damp for less wrinkling
· Cotton velvet should not be tumbled dried; lay flat to dry
· Iron while still damp for best and easiest results
· Use steam and iron settings for appropriate fabrics types; cotton, linen etc.
· Sateen and Jacquards: iron on the reverse side
· Embroidered items and quilted fabrics: iron on the reverse side to preserve the 3 dimensional embroidery
· Do not iron velvet or hang in a bathroom during a shower
· Quilted fabrics: iron if desired, low heat