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How to Store Table Linens

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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. 

polyester-tablecloths1.jpgGeneral 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.

round-tablecloths.jpgHow 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.