Storing heirloom linens properly will keep them beautiful for years to come.
Time Required: 5 minutes per item
- Store linens laying flat, if possible. Avoiding folds helps to decrease stress and protect the fabric.
- If linens must be folded due to space constraints, use acid-free tissue paper or muslin to cushion the folds.
- Smaller linens can be stored by rolling them onto cardboard tubes (tubes saved from paper towel rolls and aluminum foil work well) wrapped with several layers of acid-free tissue or muslin. Old linens should not come into direct contact with cardboard.
- Wrap linens with acid-free tissue or muslin to protect them, especially if stored in ordinary cardboard, paper, metal or wood boxes.
- Keep in mind that unsealed wood containers, such as cedar chests, will eventually stain cloth items.
- Avoid plastic boxes that don't allow air circulation and may trap mildew causing moisture. If you do place linens in a air-tight plastic container, make sure they are completely dry beforehand.
- Refold linens occasionally to distribute wear and minimize damage.
- Ordinary cardboard, paper, metal and wood will deteriorate textiles with direct contact.
- To reverse staining, especially from wood, expensive treatments by a professional may be needed.
What You Need
- Acid-free tissue
- Cardboard rolls