My table linen is always impeccable! Would you like to learn how?


Maintenance of your table linen in cotton, silk or polyester starts with washing. Between machine cleaning and hand cleaning, choose the technique that best suits your laundry.

Tablecloth, napkins or table runner, table linen is often stained after meals. To facilitate the maintenance of these fabrics while keeping their freshness and their color, a good washing is de rigueur.

What to choose between hand cleaning and machine cleaning? Here are some practical tips to avoid slippage:

Simple and effective: clean your machine table linen

The choice of the type of washing depends mainly on the fabric used. The important thing is to respect the indications of maintenance pictos for the washing as for the ironing, in order to make your table linen silky.

  • For acrylic and linen fabrics, choose a wash cycle with warm water by adding a softener to the last rinse.
  • Your table linen is acetate? Prefer dry cleaning as this technique instantly softens and retains the color of the fabrics.
  • Polyester and viscose are machine washable at low temperatures.

Cleaning your table linen by hand: softness before anything

  • Hand cleaning is designed for delicate fabrics, such as pre-washed silk. Do not forget to extend it immediately after washing.
  • Cotton table linen supports high temperatures and the use of bleach. In order to preserve the colors, a stain remover after washing is still recommended.
  • To wash your acetate table linen by hand, simply use lukewarm water and mild soap.
  • Whatever the fabric, the spin should be done gently. And if you iron your table cloths still slightly damp, you can eliminate wrinkles more quickly.

Stop the stubborn stains!

Table linen, as you know, gets dirty very easily and a simple washing does not always eliminate some stubborn stains.

What to do ? For each problem, a solution is here:

  • Egg, milk or blood stain: soak in 10% ammonia solution and rinse with cold water.
  • Stain of wine, coffee, tea, sugar, fruit or alcohol: sponge with warm water and rinse with cold water.
  • Candle spot: place it between two sheets of silk paper and pass a hot iron to melt the candle without sizzling. This operation can be repeated as many times as necessary by shifting the sheets from time to time.
  • Gummed chewing gum: put an ice cube upside down on the stained side to make it harden. Peel off with a knife before washing your cloth with soapy water.
  • Rust or mildew spot: Place the stained portion over a saucepan full of boiling water and pour a few drops of lemon over it. Rinse the fabric with a mixture of water and 5% ammonia then with clear water.
  • Stain of sludge, oil or tar: apply over a nut of fresh butter. Then cover with Sommières soil and after 12 hours, brush before washing the laundry.
  • Stain of oil, butter or lard: soak it with turpentine before covering it with Sommières soil. Brush the laundry before washing.
  • Ink, dye or mercurochrome stain: soak the fabric in a 10% ammonia bath.

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