It is nice to have tablecloths on your kitchen tables, dining tables or elsewhere as they seem to add a nice, cultured, finished look to the room. They are also pretty nice and handy if you are having guests over.
But it is pretty hard to keep them clean, especially if you are eating at the same table three times a day. It might seem that tablecloths are high-maintenance, but with proper steps and caretaking methods, you can cut down a lot of work on keeping your tablecloths and linens clean.
Steps to keep Tablecloth fresh and clean
Following are steps you can follow to have fresh and clean linens at hand all the time!
How to wash tablecloths?
Before washing the tablecloths, find out what material they are made of and choose the washer setting accordingly. It is better to wash your linens in a front loader and on the delicate cycle, as it will decrease the amount of strain being put on the tablecloth. And after you are done with the wash, it will be easier for you to fold them as well.
If there are stains on the tablecloth which you want to remove with the help of a stain remover, first test a little bit of the remover on the tablecloth. This will ensure that the stain remover doesn’t fade or bleach your entire tablecloth and ruin it entirely.
How to iron your tableclothstrong
If you iron your tablecloth right out of the dryer while it is still damp, it will be very easy for you to iron it and it will have a nice, crisp finish by the end of it. If your tablecloth is dry, you can use plain water in a spray bottle to make them slightly damp. Make sure that the iron plate is clean so that it doesn’t leave scorch marks on your tablecloths later.
Make sure you know what kind of fabric your tablecloth is made up of and what is the highest temperature setting it can handle before you iron it. You can test on a small portion of the tablecloth before ironing the whole tablecloth at once to find out the safe temperature setting.
Storing an ironed tablecloth
Once you are done with the washing, drying and ironing part, the next question that arises is where do I store the tablecloths? If you fold them and place them inside a drawer or your cupboard, there are bound to be fold lines on them the next time you use them. You will have to iron them all over again in some cases. The best way to avoid this is to fold the tablecloth in a light manner and place them in a strut or padded hanger. Store them in a clean and dry closet and away from any kind of smells that might get absorbed into your sheets later on. Keep them close to a place where they will be needed so that you won’t have to look all over the house when you need them.
If you follow the above steps, you will never have a difficult time finding clean and fresh tablecloths at a moment's notice!