There is nothing like sleeping with fine quality linens and once you do, you will never want to own anything else. At Traditions Linens, we suggest that good care and attention will ensure the long life of your decorative fabrics while preserving their beautiful appearance. All of our linens are made from natural fibers and can be machine washed, but it is a good idea to follow the instructions on the labels for each specific item. We recommend that you pre-wash your linens before sleeping in them for the first time. It is a good idea to separate linens from other things you may be washing like polyester, which tends to create pilling, or heavy zippers, which can damage fine linens. Always separate light and dark colors and avoid overloading your machine, which can cause fibers to break down from excessive abrasion and agitation. If the label says “hand launder”, never wash it in your machine. Hand wash in a gentle soap and rinse thoroughly in clean water, then dry either on a line or flat. Avoid wringing your fine linens. There are many kinds of detergents and you will get the best results from a mild non-alkaline one without added bleach or whiteners. Let the detergent mix into the water, instead of pouring it directly onto the linens. We recommend that you do not use chlorine bleach, if at all possible, because it weakens the fibers and can cause yellowing. Should your linens need to be bleached, we recommend using an oxygen based bleach. Drying your linens in the outdoors is gentle and safe and instills the linens with the fresh scent of the outdoors and the natural bleaching of the sun. Most sheeting is fine in the dryer; but just to be on the safe side, it is always good to check the label first. Linens that are shaken before tumbling will be easier to manage once completely dry. And the notion that linens dry best under high heat, couldn’t be further from the truth; actually, under a high heat setting, the fibers weaken, and will eventually shrink. If you choose to iron your linens, do so when they are slightly damp for best results.