Taking good care of your table linens will preserve their longevity, making them a better value. For a quick guide to laundering your Bright Settings table linens, visit the General Care and Washing Instructions for Most Table Linen on our webpage. You can also find care instructions on each of the fabric product pages on brightsettings.com; just click the “Care Instructions” link under the “FABRIC INFO” section to the right of the fabric image.
Most of our fabrics are treated with Scotchguard, so they resist stains from the get go. But, if you’re nervous about serving grandma’s very red spaghetti sauce at dinner, your guests accidentally knocking over a glass of red wine, or the kids mistaking your table for a giant plate, we’re here to help.
If you’re looking to buy low maintenance table linens, check out our Basic Polyester fabric.
- This fabric is less absorbent than some of our others, making it easier to catch spills before they set.
- It comes in 72 different colors, making it easier to match other décor.
- Our Basic Polyester tablecloths come seamless up to 132”, so this fabric ideal for larger tables.
- BONUS: Basic Polyester is the most inexpensive fabric we carry!
If you ever end up with stains on any of your table linens, here’s what we recommend:
1. Pre-treat the stain, just as you would a stain on your clothes, with a stain stick or detergent.
- If it’s a heavier stain, such as oil or grease, you may need to use a degreaser when you pre-treat.
- If there is wax on your tablecloth, we recommend freezing the tablecloth so that the wax hardens and peels off easily. If you need to, you can use a butter knife or similar object with a thin, flat surface to scrape off the waxy residue. After the residue has been removed, pre-treat the stain below as you would with a regular stain.
In any case, the faster you pre-treat the stain, the easier the stain will come out.
2. After you’ve treated the stain, soak the cloth for a minimum of 48 hours.
- It’s best if the water is warm to begin with, as the heat loosens the fibers and allows the stain to be released.
3. After you pre-treat and soak your cloth, just throw it in the washing machine!
- You can even wash your table linens with your other laundry; just be sure to wash with like colors, and don’t overstuff the washing machine.
The stain should come out after washing, but make sure before you put the table linens in the dryer.
4. REMEMBER: Do not to over dry your linens.
- Remove them from the dyer while they are still slightly damp to prevent wrinkling.
- Some of our fancier fabrics need to be washed in lower temperature water and have special drying directions, so be sure to read the individual care instructions included with your product before washing.
OTHER IMPORTANT NOTES:
We do not recommend the use of bleach on any of our products, as the bleach breaks down the scotch guard and makes your linens more susceptible to stains in the future and may also harm the color of the fabric.
For most products, we also do not recommend you take them to the dry cleaner, as the chemicals can hurt the life of the fabric.
Bright Settings doesn’t endorse any brands or products specifically, but if you’re in a bind, and you have a stain that just won’t budge, you can take a look at some stain removal ideas on Tide’s website, or do a simple Google search and find a reputable source.
As always, feel free to call, e-mail or comment if you have any other specific questions or concerns.