Linen Care

Caring for Your Linens

Cotton Percale and Linen

All cotton and linen products are machine washable.  We do not recommend dry cleaning.  Cotton sheeting will feel softer as they are washed over time.  Whites or ecru sheeting should be separated from colored linens and washed in warm water. We recommend The Laundress Signature Detergent.  Colored linens should be washed in cold or warm water. For best results, line dry or tumble dry on low until just damp. Cotton and linen will iron beautifully when damp.

Cotton Terry Towels and Robes

Launder terry towels and robes in warm water with a non-chorine detergent such as The Laundress Signature Detergent. We do not recommend fabric softener or dryer sheets.  Residues from fabric softeners leave buildup on the fibers and limit absorbtion. Tumble dry on low heat.  If towels become a little stiff, use a bit of The Laundress Scented Vinegar.

Wool and Cashmere

Pre-treat:

  • De-pill if necessary with a cashmere brush.
  • Treat any stains with stain remover such as The Laundress Stain Solution or Wash & Stain Bar.

Hand wash:

  • Prepare a “bath” –basin of cool/tepid water with 2 capfuls of detergent such as The Laundress Wool and Cashmere Shampoo.
  • Submerge item(s) in bath using your hands to agitate, do not mix colors, wash with like colors only.
  • Soak for at least ½ hour - It is harmless to leave soaking for longer unless you are washing silk. DO NOT PANIC if you see color in the water. This is normal and it is simply the yarn dye releasing color. You will not notice any loss of color at the end.
  • Rinse well - running room temperature water until soapy water is gone
  • Do not wring; press the water out of the item instead.

  Dry/Finish:

  • Place item on top of a towel making sure the towel and item is flat and in its original shape, then roll up in the towel to remove excess water.
  • To finish drying - lay item flat in its natural shape on a drying rack or towel.
  • We like to steam our wool/cashmere for the perfect finish.

Ironing

Ironing works best when the item is damp. If the item is dry, simply spray water to dampen and iron. When ironing embroidery, iron from the back and on top of a towel. If you choose to use starch, use natural cornstarch like The Laundress Stiffen-Up.

Storing

Fabrics should always be stored clean (washed) in a dry place.  Attics and basements are the worst.  Do not store in plastic.  Cotton bags or acid free paper is best to avoid bugs and deterioration.  Also, never store cotton and linen with starch, as this causes yellowing.

Dry Cleaning

Dry cleaning chemicals are not good for you or your fabrics.  If you like to have your linens professionally pressed, take them for pressing only.