Always be prepared! Whether it’s a surprise guest or just an urge to dress up a weekday dinner, you never know when you’ll need to use your table linens. Store your table linens properly, and you’ll be ready to go no matter what the situation.
General Tips for How to Store Table Linens
- Always clean and iron your linens before storing. No one likes to pull a dirty tablecloth out of the closet.
- Double-check for stains between washing and drying the linens. If you store a stained tablecloth or cloth napkin, the stain will be harder, or even impossible, to get out.
- Make sure the linens are dry. Even a little bit of moisture can lead to mildew!
Depending on your storage area, you may need to store your table linens flat or hanging:
How to Store Linens Flat
- Wrap your linens in acid-free tissue paper. Placing tissue between folds will soften edges and protect the fibers.
- Linens need to be stored in a dry, cool, ventilated area. Never store linens in wood chests, wood drawers, plastic bags or cardboard boxes.
- Store your linens with the heaviest on bottom and the lightest on top. Be careful storing starched linens, because the starch will attract insects.
*Pro Tip* - Shake out and refold your linens a couple of times a year to avoid stress on the fabric.
How to Hang Linens
- Hang each linen individually on a padded hanger.
- Space the hangers out so air can circulate.
- If you cover your linens, use a pillowcase or a white 100 percent cotton sheet. Never use a plastic bag!
*Pro Tip* - Use an over-the-door hanger with padded rods for effective long-term storage.