According to our own practices in the Coral & Tusk studio with how we care for our linen, as well as traditional linen washing and care recommendations, we have compiled a list of cleaning, storage and care for our linen products.
This is our default recommendation. In order to maintain the character your linen has from the moment of purchase, the safest bet is dry cleaning. We especially recommend it for our table runners, since they are backed with a plain fabric and only the face is embroidered. We also recommend it for any product that uses a metallic thread in the design.
If you are someone that is familiar with how linen responds when washed, and you enjoy the character the fabric develops after washing, we encourage the below guidelines. Many of us have lived with, washed and dried our Coral & Tusk products for years and years and can testify that they stand up very well when treated with care. The caveat is that the linen does change and evolve. We see this as a positive, but not everyone does, which is why if in doubt at all, dry clean.
If you choose to wash, here are your options:
- Hand wash in cool to warm water
- Machine wash, gentle cold cycle up to 65° F
NEVER USE BLEACH
Detergents that will work best and do not alter the natural color of linen are Seventh Generation, Mrs. Meyers, All (powder), Allens Naturally, Cheer (all versions) and Woolite.
Never tumble-dry linen as this can over-dry the fibers and makes ironing more difficult. Use spin cycle and/or line dry.
Ironing and Storage:
Always iron linen when damp, first on the backside of the embroidered front side to eliminate creases and then on the face if you wish to enhance the fabric's natural sheen. If the linen has already dried out before ironing, use a water spray bottle to re-dampen it, especially any on creases and wrinkles. A good steam iron set to the linen setting will work best.
Whenever possible, store linen articles without folding. Linen tablecloths or long pieces of fabric store best when rolled. Keep linens in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight to avoid normal color fade.
1. Fresh stains are much easier to remove than old ones, so take care of stains promptly.
2. Blot up any excess liquid with a clean white cloth, or paper towel.
3. Avoid rubbing the stained area with a linty terrycloth towel to keep fabric pilling to a minimum. Using a flat cloth, first dab at the stain with a bit of water. If it does not come out completely, add a tiny bit of OBA free detergent and dab at the spot, repeating the process until the stain is removed.
4. Never rub a fresh stain with bar soap. Soap sets many stains