One of the benefits of linen is it washes beautifully. In fact, linen actually gets better with age! The linen is enhanced with every washing since it becomes increasingly soft and supple. However, you do need to make sure you select the proper detergent. Detergents with an optical whitening agent work well on white linens, but these are not recommended for colored linens. Also, do not use chlorine bleach for white linen since this can damage linen fibers. If you would like to whiten the linen try drying them outside on a sunny day and let the sun bleach them naturally.
Here is some stain fighting advice from Libeco Home:
- Ink: Soak in milk, or in soap-and-ammonia mixture, and rub the spot.
- Blood: Rinse immediately in cold water.
- Fruit, coffee, tea and chocolate: Rub with alcohol, white vinegar and ammonia.
- Candle wax: Scratch off dried wax, absorb residue with blotting paper and warm iron.
- Greasy Stains: Rub with ammonia.
- Red Wine: Rub immediately with sparkling water or white wine.
If stains do not disappear, you can try:
- Soaking the linen in a good washing detergent, or dissolving 3.5 oz. sodium borate in boiling water, then adding enough cold water to yield 1½ gallons, and let soak for 1 hour.
- Never use chlorine bleach which may damage the fibers.
If you have any questions regarding the care of your Libeco Home Belgian linen just give us a call at 617-354-5700.