WASHING SUGGESTIONS

 

We would always suggest you to wash delicate items by hand. However most washing-machines can make delicate washing without spinning. Items made using natural vegetable fibres like linen, cotton and hemp can be washed in very warm water without  spoiling them.

 

Lace and white organdie or muslin fabrics

Lace and white organdie or muslin fabrics can machine washed using warm water and reducing spinning. Since these fabrics are very delicate put them in a closed pillow-case or use a mesh bag. If you decide to wash them by hand please avoid rubbing too much because thin threads could be spoiled or torn. Chochet table-cloths and bed-spreads can easily be machine washed using delicate items washing cycle without spinning.

 

White cotton and linen fabrics with embroidery

When you wash your natural fibre white linen you will get better results if you leave them to soak in tepid water and laundry detergent for a couple of hours. If your table-cloths are very stained or there are grease stains that are difficult to remove it would be better to soak them in tepid water and laundry detergent as soon as possible. You can machine wash them even the day after. Pay attention to select a low spin speed when you machine wash linen fabrics. Never wring out the embroidered parts of a fabric. If it is possible it would be better to dry the linen outside in the shade.

 

Removing yellowing stains from linen that have been stored for a long time

Linen that has been stored for a long time often develop yellow stains that were invisible to the naked eye at the time of storage. (This often happens to table-cloths). It would be better to inspect your linen from time to time because the later you try to remove stains the more difficult it is even if you bleach the linen. Soak white items in tepid water and jast a little bleach. Coloured embroideries in your white linen will not fade if you use jast a little bleach. You will machine wash them afterwards. Do never bleach coloured items but use specific products for coloured fabrics.

 

Coloured fabrics and bright colours embroideries

When you wash coloured fabrics for the first time you will have to add some teaspoons of vinegar to the soaking water in order to fix the colours. After soaking you can machine wash them at max 40° C selecting the lowest spin speed. Should they have white lace parts, it would be better to use a dye dixative to prevent colour smudges when you wash them.

 

Old linen

Old linen that is not frequently used should be washed the same at least once a year to wash off the dust that eats into fibres with the passing of time.

 

Needlepoint cushions

We would suggest you have your needlepoint cushions dry cleaned. You can hand wash them using tepid water without wringing out only if the colours (particularly the ground-colours) are light. Dry them outside in the shade.

 

CURTAINS

 

Curtains washing suggestions

We suggest soaking curtains for a couple of hours changing the water more than once. You can machine wash them afterwards. Choose a delicate cycle, without spinning or select a low spin speed. If necessary you can use a specific product for bleaching. We further suggest using a  small dose of liquid starch in place of the fabric softener.

 

New filet curtains

We suggest you always wash the curtains before you shorten them. Being made up of natural fabric filet curtains tend to shrink a little getting a couple of centimetres shorter. This way you will also wash the starch off and your curtains will get more natural-looking. Leave the curtains to soak tepid water and hand-washing detergent for a couple of hours. Rinse them without wringing out. Once dried curtains are still starched. The more you wash them, the more starch can be washed off. You can iron your curtains as usual afterwards. Filet curtains can be machine washed at 30° C without spinning. If you wish to starch them a little you can use a dose of liquid starch in place of the fabric softener when you machine wash them.

 

Shortening curtains

When it is possible, especially if curtains are 150/210 cm wide, we suggest not cutting them at the hem. Turn instead the top of your curtains again once or twice and fix it with a simple seam or sewing a heading tape on it. This way you will get a  border, a sort of pelmet, that you can embellish sewing a lace on its bottom. Curtains can be hung up afterwards using curtain pinch clips or hooks.

Always remember that embroidered items, especially  curtains, yellow and get damaged if they are too long exposed to the sunlight.

 

IRONING


- You will find below some useful suggestions that will help you to iron easily.

- Embroideries must always be damp when you iron them. If they are not damp you must provide for using a water sprayer.

- You should always iron an embroidered fabric upsede-down. If the embroidery is not particularly close or if it is an open-work embroidery we suggest you pin it to prevent it from losing its shape or shape it using the iron's steam.

- Start ironing at a corner and make your way to the top.

- Avoid using too much spray starch to iron embroideries. Spray starch makes the iron run more smoothly but embroideries get stiff and not natural-looking. If the iron sticks to the fabric an unpleasant shine will appear on your embroideries. To prevent it from happening, spray the starch on the right side of the work and iron it on the wrong side.

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