Hints & HELP!
LINENS IN SHAPE
by Lorene Bartos, Extension Educator
This article appeared in the November
23, 2003 Lincoln Journal Star Newspaper.
together with friends and family is what the holidays are
all about! Whether guests are coming for an overnight or
extended stay these helpful tips will increase the pleasure
of entertaining and reduce the stress and anxiety that can
go along with it.
guest-room bedding, including comforters, quilts, blankets
and mattress pads, havent been washed in the last
three months, nows the time to do it. Sunlight and
dust can take their toll on these items. They may also be
dusty and/or musty. Launder following the manufacturers
instructions. Be aware that some blankets and comforters
can be laundered at home. Others may require professional
Towels on Hand
and organize the linen closet so towels are guest-ready.
Wash towels that have been stored for several months. If
they have a musty smell, use a laundry product designed
to eliminate ordors.
the towels are clean and dry, store them within easy reach
of guests. Hand towels and face cloths can be rolled and
stored in wicker baskets or layered on a shelf. Larger towels
can be folded and stacked in the linen closet. Just be sure
there are plenty of hooks or towel racks in the bathroom
so guests will have a place to hang their towels while visiting.
If hanging space is at a premium in the bathroom, consider
installing towel bars on the back of the guest-room door.
extra sheets and blankets that have been tucked into the
recesses of the linen closet are, at minimum, crushed and
crumpled. Choose a laundry detergent that has built-in wrinkle
releasing properties so once sheets and pillowcases are
washed, theyll keep that freshly-laundered look. Good
drying practices will also help keep wrinkles from settling
in. For example, avoid over-drying, and remove items from
the dryer as soon as the cycle is finished. For easy storage,
sort sheets and pillowcases into sets. Then fold and store
them so the entire set is tucked inside one of its sheets.
linens that are folded and stacked flat have an affinity
for wrinkles during storage. For tablecloths frequently
used, consider hanging them on towel racks mounted to the
back of the linen closet door. Tablecloths used only for
special occasions can be folded lengthwise, hung on sturdy
coat hangers and stored in an off-season closet or on a
garment rack. They can either be stored in a garment bag
or enclosed with an old sheet or similar cover to prevent
its time to use your linens, a quick treatment with
a wrinkle-releasing spray will help smooth the fabric and
remove wrinkleswithout an iron. Just spray evenly
until the item is slightly damp. Then tug and smooth away
the wrinkles. Let the cloth hang until thoroughly dry. These
same techniques can be used to treat most cloth napkins
and table runners, too. Read and follow the product label
refreshers are another popular product for busy hosts. They
can cover up and neutralize odors on hard-to-wash fabrics
and soft surfaces, such as carpets (after vacuuming), upholstery
and curtains. Spray the product evenly on fabric until its
slightly damp. As the fabric dries, the odors fade away.
Read and follow the product label directions before using.
the holidays by being prepared for guests.
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