Care of your fine linens
When machine washing, take care to wash our items with like fabrics in order to prevent unnecessary abrasion. Most linens can be washed on a gentle cycle using warm water, and can be finished with a cold-water rinse. Be sure pre-treat any stains before washing, and do not use bleach, as it may weaken the fabric and cause yellowing. Use a mild liquid detergent without added bleach, optical brighteners, whiteners, or fabric softeners. Do not pour detergent directly on the textiles; rather, add it to the water as the wash tub fills or dilute detergent with water, and then add linens.
Before machine drying, gently shake out and smooth damp linens to unravel any items that may have twisted during the wash cycle. Do not use dryer sheet fabric softeners, and set dryer to the lowest heat setting, as high heat settings will weaken the fibers and increase shrinkage. When dry cycle has completed, promptly remove items and, while still slightly damp, smooth with iron and let air dry before storing.
Always check to make sure your iron is clean -- mineral deposits may build up and cause brown spotting. Iron linens while still slightly damp. Use a steam iron on a warm/hot setting for cotton. If needed, spray with water from a spray bottle to eliminate any stubborn wrinkles.
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