Next Issue December 1st 2016

Table Linens

Table linens
by Mary Nu


All household items and even the rest have there rights to be kept clean if not sparkling clean. As such, there is enough reason to say that every homestead that uses linen should always give priority to the cleanliness of these fabrics because that is the only way we can be able to experience their full glamour. The process of cleaning table linens is dependent on the type of cloth to be cleaned. Most household linen is most likely to contain stains especially from organic agents like blood, food and soil. If the linen is made out of natural fibres like linen and cotton, the cloth will most likely have to be rinsed immediately in cold water so as to prevent stain from becoming permanent. Stains that are caused by red wine, red or purple fruit and berries are an exception to this and they must be washed using boiling water. However, such stains may still prove hard to remove completely. For all the hygienic reasons, every household fabric should be washed using hot water to destroy any bacteria that may stick to the linen as a result of being used frequently. Most linen and cotton that are white gradually become yellow, but this can be dealt with by bleaching. Bleaching can be done using liquid bleach or by use of the ancient method of hanging on the sun so as to remove the discoloration.

These fabrics can be washed by industrial means as well. Most industrial laundries were built during the Mid Ages when huge convents and monasteries were using their private facilities. Most hospitals together with boarding schools applied this method. Currently, there are numerous types of industrial laundries. The hospitals mostly use laundry chutes in collecting used linen. Then they are ferried to an industrial laundry where they are sorted to fit three categories. The categories are, regularly soiled, staff uniforms or infected linen. Appropriate laundering is done to them normally at high temperatures so as to ensure that bacteria and viruses are eliminated and that the linen is hygienic before they get back to the users.


All household linen should be stored near the area in which they are used. This improves their accessibility and convenience as well. Table linen and kitchen linen can e stored together in linen closets or in cupboards. Linens can be folded in many ways. In case of formal occasions, table linens can be ironed before they are used. In ancient times, table linens used to be starched while being ironed in order to minimize wrinkles and give them a smooth appearance.

Antique linens

Collection and restoration of antique linens may prove complex depending on the cloths condition. Most household linens are stored filled up with starch that damages the cloth with time because it hardens thus causing wear and tear of the fabric where it is folded or creased. Owners of antique linens should determine whether conserving, mending or repairing is appropriate. One can identify the type of antique linen by considering the place where it was made. Most antique linen is made in Ireland which is popular for making quality household linen.

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Generally, table linens are items that any standard homestead can not afford to do without. This is because they act as beauty additives to our tables just to make them look more glamorous. May homesteads may prefer the white fine table linens though no one is restricted to white because there are as many tastes of color as there are the colors themselves.


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