When you own quality linens, you want to give them quality care. Don’t harm your linens by using scalding water or chemicals that may damage the fibers. Shop our linen care products and always follow the cleaning instructions on the labels. Here are a few icons you may see on your linens tags or care instructions:
Home laundering is recommended for bed linens except where dry cleaning is indicated due to fiber content or ornamentation. We strongly recommend that you pre-wash linens before use, and that you wash bed linens separately from anything else, particularly items that contain any polyester. Polyester “pills” and sheds it’s pilling on natural fibers diminishing the smoothness and softness of the fabric.
Select a gentle laundry detergent. Avoid products with brighteners or bluing agents as they may progressively fade the colors.
Consider the long standing tradition to assure the longevity of your bedding: rotate your sheets with a set in the closet, a set on the bed and a set in the wash. This insures that no one set receives more wear than another.
Certain skin and hair products contain oxidizing agents and may cause discoloration of sheets. If you use such personal products cover your pillow with a white pillowcase or towel.
Washing, Ironing & Storing Your Bedding
Linens should be separated into light and dark colors. Avoid overloading the machine to prevent breaking the long fibers like those in Egyptian cotton. Whether cotton, pure linen, or a cotton/linen blend, bedding should be washed in warm water using a gentle laundering agent with a final cold rinse. We recommend linen wash from SDH, LeBlanc or the Laundress. If presoaking is necessary it should be in cold water.
· Allow top loading washing machines to fill up and begin agitating before you add detergent. Unless your linens are extremely soiled, use half the commercial detergent recommended; this will reduce damage to fibers and clean your linens just as well. We do not recommend the use of fabric softeners because they coat the fibers making them less absorbent and shorten the life span of your bedding.
· Remove washed bedding promptly from the machine; this helps reduce wrinkling. Shaking damp linens out before drying (at low heat) will reduce the wrinkles and quicken drying time. Drying fitted sheets separately from the rest of your bedding will keep your sheets from bunching and wadding, which can make them dry unevenly and wrinkle.
· Shrinkage will occur with all linens made of natural fibers, the amount of shrinkage ranging from four to ten percent, depending on the fibers used. Most high quality linens are slightly oversized before they are washed to allow for this shrinkage. Linens washed in hot water or dried at hot temperatures will shrink excessively.
· Washing and drying your linens properly will eliminate many wrinkles, but fine linens made of natural fibers do wrinkle, particularly when new. As they become older and softer you will find that they wrinkle less. The use of a good steam iron will make ironing easier. Avoid using spray starch which has a tendency to adhere to the surface of the iron and may also attract silverfish to stored linens. If you wish to iron your linens, here :is what we recommend:
o Iron your bed linens while they are still damp.
o If a piece is embroidered ironing on the reverse side will prevent damage to the embroidery. Placing a pressing cloth or soft smooth layer of fabric over the embroidery before pressing will also help to eliminate puckering around the decorative stitches.
o Refer to the sewn in label with the universal laundry symbols for the appropriate setting for your iron. (See chart).
· Store your fine linens flat in a dry place. If the shelves are wooden, line them with paper because some woods, such as cedar, contain oils that can damage your linens.
· Make sure linens are not exposed to direct sunlight or moonlight to prevent fading.
· Do not store linens inside plastic or cellophane bags. Old cotton pillowcases or cotton pillow protectors are perfect for storing a set of sheets. Fold matching sheets and pillowcases together and place them inside a pillowcase and stack them on the shelf of your linen closet to keep them neat, protected and ready for your bed.
Care of Your Down Products
Always use a duvet cover to protect your down comforter and keep it clean. Use pillow protectors in addition to pillowcases on down pillows and wash them regularly. Cover featherbeds with featherbed protectors for the same reason, and put your bottom sheet over the featherbed protector.
Comforters, pillows and featherbeds should be fluffed daily to maintain the loft and fullness of the down.
Down pillows and duvets love the sun. Spread them out on a sheet on the grass or deck for an airing. You may also fluff them in a dryer for a few minutes for a quick rejuvenation.
A comforter that is properly covered will need to be cleaned very infrequently, about once every five years. Pillows should be cleaned every two years or so.
We do not recommend washing down products at home. Home laundry systems are generally not designed to handle something as large as a down comforter, or as dense as a down pillow. If a comforter should open while being washed in your home, the down could cause your plumbing to clog resulting in a flood of water in your home. There is not room enough in your dryer for the comforter to move freely.
We do recommend using a professional cleaner who will launder (not dry clean) your comforter. Scandia Home has a facility built exclusively for this type of care, as does Blanc Plume. Silk comforters however will need to be dry cleaned.
Remember that improper cleaning or the accumulation of soiling and stains may cause premature wear and void the warranty coverage. In addition there are some stains such as mold or mildew or fire damage that cannot be cleaned or removed.
When down products are not in use it is important that they are kept in a dry place. Mildew and mold can ruin a down comforter or pillows so make sure your down products are completely dry before storing them.
Don’t store your down in plastic. If you don’t have a fabric storage bag for your down, wrap it in cotton, like a duvet cover, cotton pillow protector or featherbed protector. When cooler temperatures arrive your down will be cozy and fluffy with just a shake or two.