Friends and customers are always asking how best to wash and care for MADRE linen napkins, so here’s our tried and true method. We’ve designed these linen napkins with everyday life in mind, with a goal of making the everyday more beautiful. So go ahead and get them dirty! Here’s how we like to wash our napkins:
First, spot treat linens as necessary. (We use Biokleen’s Bac-Out for spot treatment.) We’ve found that even turmeric can be removed if you get to it fast enough! (Hot water also helps.)
Next, wash MADRE napkins separately in warm water with mild eco-friendly detergent. (We like Dropps for their commitment to reducing plastic waste. We also like to add Dropps' "oxi booster pods" as a brightener.)
Shake your napkins out well, then dry on high heat and remove promptly from dryer.
Fold your napkins however you like, and reuse again and again!
Ironing is not necessary, and we personally love how linen rumples. If you’re going for a more precise look, please iron your MADRE napkins with a cloth (linen or cotton) between your napkin and your iron. MADRE napkins are trimmed using a nylon thread that can melt under high heat.
That said, if you notice any fraying at your napkins’ corners, using a little heat (a lighter works well) can help you reseal the corner threads.
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Indigo is more color-fast than other plant dyes, but your napkins/tea towels will still need to be treated with some extra TLC. To keep your MADRE/VVF indigo blue, and to keep your lights light, please wash them in cold water with dark colors. Always use a gentle, PH neutral soap. We recommend ECOS brand.
Line drying will keep your indigo blue the longest, but sunlight can fade the color as well, so we recommend either machine dry on a low temperature or choose a shady outdoor spot for napkin drying.