How To Wash and Clean Linen Napkins?

Linen napkins are a staple on dining tables, offering both elegance and practicality. However, frequent use can lead to stains, so learning how to wash them properly is essential to maintain their appearance. 

Benefits of Using Cloth Napkins

Linen napkins add charm to any occasion, from casual meals to formal gatherings like weddings. They're absorbent, breathable, and become softer with each wash.

These napkins are a better investment than disposable options. They remain durable even after multiple washes and uses. With proper maintenance, they can last for years, making them a more affordable option for any table setting.

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Pre-treating Stains and Preparing for Washing

Before washing your cloth napkins, you should go through a few steps to ensure proper cleaning and fabric care.

Begin by sorting your napkins by color and level of soiling. This prevents color bleeding during the wash cycle. Separate heavily soiled napkins from lightly dirty ones to ensure thorough cleaning.

Then, inspect each napkin for stains such as food, beverage, or grease marks. Pre-treat any stubborn stains, especially those on white linen napkins, for a few minutes before washing. Apply a small amount of stain remover or a gentle detergent and water solution directly to the affected area.

Make sure to read the care label on your cloth napkins for specific washing instructions. While they are generally durable, some may need special care. Follow these guidelines to keep your napkins clean, fresh, and ready for future use.

How To Wash Linen Napkins in a Washing Machine?

After sorting and pre-treating your napkins, wash them in the washing machine. Here's a simple step-by-step guide:


  1. Before washing the napkins, place them in a mesh laundry bag. Avoid overloading the machine to guarantee complete cleaning.
  2. Use a mild detergent designed for cleaning linen fabrics. Avoid using harsh detergents or bleach, as they may harm the napkins' fibers.
  3. Set your washing machine to a mild cycle and let the water cool to lukewarm. Turn on the washing machine and let the wash cycle complete. When you're done, remove the napkins immediately to prevent creases.
  4. Dry your napkins in the air or on low heat in a machine. Do not overdry the napkins to prevent shrinkage and keep them soft.
  5.  By following these tips, you can effectively wash your cloth napkins while keeping their quality.


Storage and Care Tips


Storing and caring for napkins between uses helps to preserve their quality and longevity. Choose a cool, dry area in your home to store your napkins. Prolonged exposure to direct sunlight may cause fading and discoloration. Moisture can cause mold and mildew growth, so choose an area with moderate humidity levels.

Instead of plastic bags or sealed containers, use breathable storage choices such as cloth bags or cotton pillowcases. These promote air circulation while protecting against dust.

Avoid cluttered storage containers to prevent creasing and wrinkling. Finally, utilize natural scents like lavender sachets or cedar blocks to keep your napkins smelling fresh.

Proper care is crucial for extending the life and quality of your napkins. Enjoy the timeless elegance and longevity of your napkins. Invest in high-quality event linens for a glamorous event or dining experience. Explore CV Linens™' large range of wholesale linen napkins, which come in a variety of sizes, colors, and materials.

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