14 March 2018
HOW TO LAUNDER YOUR BED LINEN
By Camilla Swart
Laundry is a fact of life – like taxes and death, it spares no-one. Unless you are one of the fortunate few who can say that they never do laundry, this article might help you understand how best to care for your bed linen.
Linen Drawer attaches a wash care label to all bed linen. This shows the size, the fabric composition and the washing instructions. The washing instructions are the result of in depth knowledge of the fabric – not just something dreamed up by Linen Drawer, and for best results, should be adhered to as closely as possible when laundering the bed linen.
- Machine wash (plus temperature) – this indicates that the bedding product can be machine washed at the specified temperature. It is necessary to wash at this temperature in order to clean the bedding properly. Body fluids and oils on the bedding are removed in hot (60ºC) water with detergent. Like washing your dishes in cold water, one will not get a great result from washing your bed linen at cool temperatures.
- Another function of the hot (60ºC) wash, is to develop the shrinkage allowance which has been added / built into the bed linen. Should this not be developed, the bedding will appear larger, and will not fit properly. Shrinkage in 100% cotton and linen products is only fully developed after 5 – 6 washes in hot water. Please wash all bedding after purchase and before use.
- Warm iron – cotton is best ironed with a hot iron (3 dots), while the fabric is slightly damp. Make sure though that there is no steam or moisture trapped in the bedding after ironing, when the bed linen is packed away, as moisture on the bed linen can lead to mould developing on the bedding.
- Do not dry clean – it is unnecessary to dry clean cotton and linen bedding. Dry cleaning is a ‘cold process’ which does not allow the shrinkages to develop in the product. Additionally, the chemicals used in the dry-cleaning process may affect the dyes on the satin stitching and embroidery.
- May be tumble-dried – recommended if bed linen cannot be line dried outside. Tumble drying until almost dry is advised, so that the bed linen maintains some moisture, prior to being ironed with a hot iron.
At Linen Drawer we are committed to offering our clients the best possible service – whether it be products or information. Please contact us should you have any queries – remember that there is nothing like an unnecessary question, and we welcome all queries! Happy Laundry Day!!