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How to Store Cloth Napkins Using the Fold Method

One of the reasons our customers love wholesale linens is because they can reuse them for numerous events, especially our napkins. Although our linens are durable, without proper storage techniques they may not last as long as they’re designed to. There’s more than one way to store napkins, but in this post we’ll go over how to store cloth napkins using the fold method. The fold method is great for practical accessibility or if you have a limited napkin inventory.


Napkin Folding Step-by-Step Instructions

Before You Begin…

Make sure your napkins are clean. Most of our napkins are machine washable, so all you have to do is follow our easy instructions for the material you’re using.


Step One: Iron Your Napkins

Once your napkins are completely dry from their pre-storage wash it’s time to iron. Ironing your napkins before storage will prevent any unwanted wrinkles to crease while they’re tucked away.


Step Two: Fold

First, fold your napkin in half horizontally. Next, fold in in half horizontally again. Finally, fold your napkin horizontally for a final time.


Step Three: Storage Arrangement

We recommend using a container with an easily removable top to store cloth napkins. Storing them in an easy-to-open container makes them readily accessible for your next event. Before putting your napkins away, cut and place a fitted piece of acid-free tissue paper on the bottom of your container to help preserve the fabric.

You can use any container that is at least 10 inches high by 6 inches wide. How large your container is will depend on how many napkins you need to store.

Arrange your napkins standing up. This allows them to stay organized and makes them easy to put in and take out. Once they’re arranged to your liking take your acid-free tissue paper and cut a rough 9.5 inch by 5 inch rectangle. Place the rectangle between the first and second napkin in your container and repeat as needed, so each napkin has acid-free tissue on both sides.

Step Four: Maintenance

Once your napkins are stored be sure to keep them in a cool, dry area to avoid damaging the fabric. We suggest storing napkins for no more than three months without taking them out and re-doing the storage process. If napkins sit for an extended period of time there may be excess stress put on certain areas, which can cause near-permanent creasing.


Storing Linens has Never Been Easier Than with the Fold Method


You’ll most likely need to iron your napkins again before use, but the good news is you’ll only need to go over the areas where they were lightly folded! Whether you need napkins for your next event or just want to spruce up your dining room, don’t forget to take a look at the wide selection we have available on napkins.


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