Easter meals can be a special treat for the family so prepare now to wash your formal table dinner linens, table cloths and napkins. If they’ve been in the drawer since last holiday or a special birthday then they’re dusty, wrinkled and probably has that smell that they’ve been in the drawer for too long.
You can always take them out and send them to the dry cleaners. If you do, make sure they specialize in high-end fabrics. Remember, though, dry cleaning for items like these can be expensive. Especially if you have a large table, family and guests sitting down for the meal.
If you’re like most of us, you’ll want to save money and do it yourself. Here are some tips for making your formal dining room table linens ready for the holiday guests.
Take the table cloth off the table or drawer and shake clean. If it’s been on the table, there will be crumbs or even candle wax. Out of the drawer, it’ll be somewhat dusty.
If there is candle wax, peel it off. If you can’t peel it off, use the hottest water the cloth will allow but just on the spot. With linen, warm water is what you use.
Inspect closely for spots. Stretch out the table cloth and napkins to be able to review the entire piece. If you see spots then spot clean with a tooth brush, warm water and a small amount of detergent. One-fourth detergent to a cup of warm water is the formula. If you’re green, use vinegar instead of detergent. Don’t spot clean as it will risk spreading the stain. Gently scrub or wipe just the stain with a toothbrush.
When using the washing machine, the best is to clean the table cloth and corresponding napkins by themselves. Especially if they’re linen. Use warm water and dish soap. Try to dry naturally. If not, be ready as soon as the drying is complete to prevent wrinkling and a potential lengthy ironing chore.
If your table cloth and napkins are not linen. Treat them as regular wash. Make sure you wash with similar colors of other fabric and if they’re white, use a little bleach to brighten them up for the event.
As soon as they’re clean, dried and ironed immediately put on the table or fold nicely. If it’s the table cloth, keep the fold loose. If it’s the napkins, keep the fold tight.
Ultimately, though, the point of this article is to remind you that cleaning your formal tablecloths and napkins need to be done in the next two weeks so you can have that chore done to spend on the dozen of other chores to prepare for the holiday guests.