Bleaching Chlorine bleach can weaken fibers and cause them to yellow. If white fabrics need bleaching, use an oxygen-based bleach.
Caring For Your Bath Linens Your bath linens should be soft and absorbent, a cozy cocoon to wrap yourself in after a relaxing bath. Following these simple suggestions will prolong the life of your bath towels while preserving their look and feel. As always, we suggest you also consult the care label on each item for best results.
Caring for Your Bed Linens Sleeping in fine quality linens is always a pleasure; caring for them can be also, if you follow some simple suggestions for ensuring their proper care. In return, you will prolong the life of your bed linens, while preserving their beautiful appearance. While Scheuer Linens’ linens are made from natural fibers that generally can be machine washed at home, please be sure to read the care label on each item for best results.
Caring For Your Table Linens A lovely addition to any home, a well-dressed table sets the scene for many family gatherings and special occasions. The right tablecloth is the icing on the cake. Caring for your table linens by following these suggestions will ensure that your tables are properly dressed for years to come.
Chemicals Some hair and skin products such as acne lotions or toothpastes that contain oxidizing agents may cause discoloration of colored sheets and towels. When using such products, it’s safest to sleep on white linens.
Detergent Use a mild detergent without added bleach or whiteners. Do not pour detergent directly on textiles; rather, add it to the water as the wash tub fills or dilute detergent with water, then add linens. Unless linens are very soiled, you only need to use half the recommended amount of detergent.
Dry Cleaning Dry cleaning is recommended for luxury fibers such as cashmere, merino wool and alpaca, and also to avoid excessive shrinkage on our formal top-of-bed items such as our Italian matelasse blanket covers. Be sure to use a professional dry cleaner with experience in natural fibers and luxury linens.
Drying While line drying outdoors is gentle, safe and imbues linens with the fresh scent of the outdoors and natural bleaching of the sun, it is not always practical. You can machine dry most linens on low heat, but be sure to check the care label. Shake out damp linens before placing in dryer but avoid twisting or wringing out linens before drying. Never use a high heat setting, which is the surest way to weaken the fibers, cause shrinkage and shorten the life of your linens. Remove from the dryer promptly while still damp to minimize wrinkles. Smooth and fold, or press with an iron if desired.
Fabric Softener Never use fabric softener when washing towels, as this could make them less absorbent.
Hand Washing If the label says “hand launder,” never machine wash. Hand wash in gentle soap; rinse thoroughly in clean water to eliminate all soap residue, then line dry, lay flat (on towels) or hang to dry. Avoid wringing linens.
Ironing Iron linens while still slightly damp on the reverse side of the fabric. Use a steam iron on a warm/hot setting for cotton; use a hot setting for linen and a water spritzer if needed. Iron damask table linens on the reverse side first, then on the front side to bring out the sheen. To iron embroidered linens, iron them on the reverse side atop a towel to preserve the three-dimensional effect of the embroidery. Use a press cloth to protect delicate lace and cutwork. To restore the lustrous face of sateen fabrics, iron on the reverse side.
Machine Washing Pre-wash your linens before first use. Separate your fine linens from other items in the wash, especially those containing polyester or items with heavy zippers that can abrade and damage the fabric. Separate light and dark colors. Machine wash in warm water for whites, cold for colors. Avoid overloading the washing machine, which can cause fibers to break down from excessive abrasion and agitation. Wash most linen in warm water on a gentle cycle with a cold-water rinse. Be careful to pre-treat any stains prior to washing. Use pure soap for soft water or a gentle detergent in hard water. Use oxygenated bleach for whites only – chlorine bleach can weaken the fabrics and cause yellowing. Remember to use the rinse cycle to remove all detergent. This will help avoid “age spots” which are caused by oxidation of the fibers. If possible, treat stains when they are fresh. If allowed to set, stains may be impossible to remove at a later date. Delicate lace and embellished linens should be placed in a pillowcase or a mesh laundry bag before being placed in the washing machine.
Professional Cleaning Professional hand washing is recommended for the most delicate linens – those with heavy embellishments or embroideries; heirlooms or worn linens. Be sure to use a reputable launderer who knows how to launder delicate linens.
Shrinkage All natural fibers will shrink to some extent, but in most instances our products are generously overcut to allow for shrinkage. Do not wash or, especially, dry linens on a hot setting, which is most likely to cause shrinkage. Follow instructions on care label.
Stain Removal Hints Candle Wax – Scrape off as much of the wax as possible with the dull side of a knife, then iron between absorbent papers, changing paper until wax is absorbed. Coffee, Tea, Soda – Soak in hot water. Pre-wash with stain remover. White Wine – Use Club Soda. Red Wine – Cover with salt, and then rinse with cool water. Oils – Pre-treat with stain remover or liquid laundry detergent. Meat Juice or Tomato Juice – Rinse with cool water, never hot. Ink – Hold stain against a towel, spray closely from behind with aerosol hair spray. Ink should transfer to the towel.
Storage Store bed linens in a cool, dry, well-ventilated area. Linens stored long-term should be wrapped in white cotton, muslin (old pillow cases work well) or acid-free paper. Avoid storing linens in plastic bags or boxes, which can cause permanent yellowing; natural fibers need to breathe. Cedar chests can also cause yellowing or streaking on fabrics. Store linen tablecloths rolled on cardboard tubes or hung on hangers (without plastic) to prevent crease marks from setting, which can weaken fibers.