Keeping heirloom linens
clean not only allows you to use them in your home, but protects them from damage.
Time Required: 5-15 minutes per item
- To remove surface dirt and dust, try carefully vacuuming the item on low suction with vents open.
- Before storing, examine each linen for food and grease that may attract damaging insects or leave permanent stains.
- Test each piece to see if it's colorfast by blotting with a white cloth and the water or a mild cleaning solution (Ivory Liquid and other similar products work well) you've prepared.
- Gently immerse the linen into the liquid and carefully agitate it by hand.
- For stubborn spots, try treating textiles with a solution made of lemon juice and salt.
- Rinse the item to remove all soap residue using distilled water for the final rinse, especially in areas with hard water.
- If possible, dry linens by laying them flat outdoors in the sun on absorbent towels or directly on the grass.
- Iron each item quickly and carefully using a minimal amount of starch.
- Avoid dry cleaning heirloom linens since excessive agitation, harsh chemicals and heat can damage them.
- When vacuuming delicate items, place a piece of tulle or fiberglass screen over them for protection.
- Avoid wetting wools and silks to avoid weakening the fibers.
- Try drying linens directly on the grass. Many people swear by this method for completely removing stains.
What You Need
- Vacuum cleaner
- Tulle or fiberglass screen
- Mild soap
- Distilled water
- Lemon juice