15 September 2015
Understanding your Tabling Care label...
Care labels on any product can be confusing.
Getting the care instructions wrong can do serious damage to your precious tabling.
Need to ensure that your quality tabling lasts you a long time?
Should you have facilities or dinner parties that require table linen, the following blog is for you.
In general most individuals make use of Cotton, Polyester or Poly-cotton
table cloths and serviettes. This is a case of preference as one will only really
feel the fabric when using the serviettes and few people will check what fabric they are made from.
To increase the life span of your table linen, it is important to launder correctly.
It is also vital to put systems in place that will assist laundry staff or individuals to take better care of the tabling, for example.
Place plastic bins in the kitchen (where space is sufficient) where sorting of
highly stained, medium or lightly stained items can occur. Even better would be a
“bin” wherein the items can be placed to soak. These ideas will ensure that
by the time the table linen reaches the laundry, less time is spent on sorting and
trying to remove stains along with washing and drying time.
The care labels on table linen can be broken down as follows:
THE COMPOSITION OF THE FABRIC:
Most table cloths are manufactured from either:
• 100% cotton or
• Blends of polyester with cotton or
All fibre types should be washed at low temperatures to
increase the life span of the table cloths. We do of course realise that in
order to remove stains you will need to wash at higher temperatures - check the
label before doing so, as shrinkage may occur if the products weren’t
manufactured to allow for this. The general recommendation is to wash at 40°C to
It is not recommended that cotton fabrics be bleached as the bleach can
degrade and break down the cotton fibre. Polyester cotton fabrics
are less sensitive to bleach. In both cases, it is of utmost importance to ensure
when using bleach it is correctly diluted, treatment in cold water and all residue
of the bleach removed before washing . Should fabrics not be rinsed thoroughly, and
washed at higher temperatures, it will probably result in holes. Do not bleach any
coloured fabrics, as this will lead to fading and white spots on your table linen
Generally hand irons should be sufficient for the ironing of table cloths
and serviettes. Certain press irons, should your establishment have one,
will also work very well. The table cloths and serviettes should be ironed
with a warm iron.
In the case of cotton table linen, ensure that the products aren’t over dried as this
makes ironing much tougher and time consuming.
When ironing polyester table cloths or serviettes they must be carefully ironed
with a cool iron to ensure that the polyester doesn’t scorch.
These products can normally be tumble dried. Of course over drying
should be avoided as far as possible.