Ever wondered why your new bed linen looks a little shabby after a few washes? Or why your fluffy towels lose their hugability so soon? Stephanie Brocklehurst at Christy shares her experts tips on how to keep your linens and towels looking and feeling hotel fresh….
Care for your bed linen
*Washing and drying your bed linen properly will eliminate creasing. Fine bed linen made from natural fibres does crease, particularly when new, but over time the fibres become softer and you will find that this will reduce.
*Separate your bed linen into light and dark colours and avoid washing them with other garments that have hooks or zips.
*When the wash cycle has finished, remove bed linen promptly from the machine and shake out whilst damp to minimise creasing and drying time. Avoid overloading the machine to prevent creasing and wear to the fabric.
*For best results tumble dry bed linen on a gentle heat. This helps to reduce creasing and provides a beautiful handle and drape to your bed linen. Careful line drying will also reduce creasing.
*Do not dry your bed linen for longer than necessary. Iron your bed linen whilst still slightly damp: it’s easier! In the event that bed linen has been over dried use a water spray to dampen the fabric before ironing.
Keep your towels in check
*Modern detergent can contain bleach or whitening agents so try not to use it when washing coloured towels as it will fade the colour. Read the label and always use the recommended amount.
*Limit the use of fabric conditioner on your towels. Whilst they give your towels a soft feel, too much can leave a coating on the towels and reduce the absorbency.
*Tumble drying on a medium heat will give your towels the softest finish.
*Make sure your towels don’t come into contact with surface or bathroom cleaners - the bleach that they contain will remove the colour from your towels.
*Some facial cleansers and skin treatments contain Benzoyl Peroxide, which has the same effect as bleach. Rinse your hands and face thoroughly after using these products as the effect on the towel may not be apparent until after it has been washed.
*Separate dark and light coloured towels, as you would with other items. With darker and brighter colours you may find that some excess dyes wash out during the first few washes.
*Pulled threads occur when loops catch on sharp objects. Do not pull those loose threads – simply cut them off. To prevent pulled threads avoid washing towels with other garments, which have hooks or zips.
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Emily Peck, Editor
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