removal is really included in daily clothing care, because the best
time to tackle a stain is immediately—if possible, before
To remove a stain you need to know how to remove the particular
kind of stain from the kind of material that is involved. With this
article are directions on removing some common stains from most
fabrics. Before applying anything else, try cool water; it will
not set the stain. (Many non washable fabrics are not damaged by
small amounts of water.) When treating a stain, it is best to use
If you must use a solvent of any kind, use as little as possible.
Do not breathe the fumes, and keep the bottle beyond the reach of
children. Too, before applying a solvent or a chemical remover to
a colored fabric, test the remover by dabbing some on an inside
seam to see if it fades the color.
in cool to lukewarm water Wash with detergent. Rinse. If necessary,
put a few drops of ammonia on stain and wash
with cool water. If stain remains, apply detergent and rinse
or Coffee Stains
in cool water. Then soak in warm water and wash with detergent.
with cool water. Apply detergent. Rinse Spot.
(and most cosmetics)
pouring dry-cleaning on stain, use a cloth to absorb as much
stain as possible. Allow solvent to evaporate, then sponge
with liquid detergent. Rinse well.
carefully with dry-cleaning solvent, using a cloth to absorb
as much stain as possible.
FROM AN ISSUE OF AWAKE MAGAZINE
IT'S TIME FOR A NEW PILLOW
you know how to tell when your pillow needs replacing?
Below are two simple methods you can use to test your pillow. If
your current pillow fails these tests - it may be time to invest
in a new quality pillow.
For all natural pillows:
Fold the pillow in half then release it. A "good pillow"
will release and bounce back into shape. If your pillow does not
do this then it's time to replace your pillow.
For all synthetic pillows:
Follow directions as above but put a 250 - 275gram (10 ounce) weight
on top. for example a small block of unopened chocolate, If the
pillow is OK it will release.
FOR YOUR PILLOW
a machine washable pillow
Follow the washing instructions found on the packaging of your pillow.
that can be machine washed should be washed following these steps:
with a mild detergent on a gentle setting.
the wash cycle is complete, rinse the pillow a few times times (to
rid the pillow of any soap that may still be in the pillow.
spin the pillow 2 additional times (to rid the pillow of excess
• Dry the pillow completely on a low heat setting.
• For construction pillows, it is recommended to dry the pillow for
at least four to six hours. Between cycles, remove the pillow and
hand fluff. Note that pillows may still be damp inside even when
they feel dry to the touch. Any lumps or clumps of fill, indicates
dampness - so keep drying until you are positive the pillow is completely
TIPS FOR YOUR ADJUSTAMAX PILLOWS
Some wool pillows are totally adjustable as they
have been filled with balls of fibre. These balls not only add more
resilience but can also be washed repeatedly.
the best way to wash your Adjustamax Pillow;
Put the pillow inside a machine wash bag. This will preserve the
fibre even longer, and keep them soft. It will also prevent them
from separating and going all over your machine.
is a fine weave that produces a relatively fine and strong fabric
Sheets labeled‘percale’ should indicate their thread
count on the packaging — at least 220 threads per 10 sq cm
(or 180 threads per square inch).
At Linen Living our percale sheets are 250 thread count!
also stops the sheets from creasing compared to standard muslin
MAKES A GOOD SHEET?
do you judge a quality bed sheet? Apart from good finishing, the thread count of a sheet is an indicator
of quality. The higher the thread count, the softer the fabric.
A higher thread count doesn't mean a thicker sheet. Finer yarns
are woven tightly to give a soft, fine material that retains its
stability and strength.
cotton is naturally a longer stronger yarn, sheets made from Egyptian
cotton sateen are naturally softer and designed to last for years
COMMENTS ON EGYPTIAN
- “Beautiful, soft as silk”
- “Soft & comfortable I just LOVE them”
- “Great Quality, Great Price”
IS SO SPECIAL ABOUT EGYPTIAN COTTON?
who knows anything about manchester and bedding raves about Egyptian
Cotton. These days a Bridal registry isn't complete without at least
several Egyptian cotton products listed.... so....what is
So Good About Egyptian Cotton Sheets anyway?
cotton is renowned for being the finest quality you can buy as long
as it is manufactured from the long staple fibres from Egypt which
allow the bedding to be soft and durable.
The thread count is an important factor. It is understood that the
higher the thread count the better the quality. Higher than 200
thread count is classed as luxury bedding. Here at Linen Living
our sheets are 100% Egyptian Cotton sateen and are 375 thread count,
thus putting them in the category of Luxury Bedding!
ABOUT EGYPTIAN COTTON
has extraordinarily long staples, giving finer threads unequalled
in quality; the sateen weave produces a true high quality luxury
fabric, soft and luxurious to touch.
is superior cotton which has been organically grown in fields of
the Nile river Valley in Egypt since the time of the Pharaohs. This
cotton is regarded as the finest in the world due to its extra long
staples, which are spun to produce a wonderful fabric with increased
durability, more lustre and less linting.
are the benefits of using Egyptian cotton bed linen? Egyptian cotton
is a 100% natural fibre; the natural cotton breathes easily making
it great for people with dry or sensitive skin conditions. Egyptian
cotton sheets are lovely and cool to the touch – equally good
for those hot sticky nights or those cold winter nights.
CAN I CARE FOR MY EGYPTIAN COTTON SHEETS?
in cold or warm water on a delicate cycle with a mild detergent.
Do not bleach, line dry is preferable. However you can tumble dry
on low heat but be sure to remove immediately at the end of the
FOR YOUR MATTRESS
ON CARING FOR YOUR MATRESS
• Turn over a new spring mattress from side to side and from
top to toe every week or two for the first few months and every
three months thereafter. This will help the fillings settle and
will ensure even wear. If you have a back problem, a foam mattress
is worth considering, since it may not need regular turning.
• Never bend, roll up, or squash a mattress. To avoid damaging
the fabric, use its handles merely to position it, not to support
its full weight.
• Each morning throw back your bedcovers for at least 20 minutes
to air out your bed and allow body moisture to evaporate.
• Keep your mattress clean by using a washable protective
cover. Regularly vacuum both mattress and base to remove fluff and
dust, and mop up any stains and spills quickly with a mild soap
and cool water.
• Try not to sit in the same place on the edge of the mattress
all the time. Do not let children or anyone else jump on the bed.
Facts about Bedding
spend at least 1 third of your life sleeping
Blankets regulate body temperature
The higher the thread count in sheets the softer and smoother the
Percale stops your sheets from creasing as easy as other sheets
you ever wondered what is so good about wool? Read the following
few paragraphs from a previous issue of the awake magazine, and
you will discover how wonderful wool really is, I couldn't put it
Why So Wonderful?
Wool’s versatility and usefulness certainly cause wonder,
as a brief review of its qualities reveals. Wool grows in a similar
way to human hair, and many breeds of sheep have long hair mixed
with their wool. This has been bred out of the merino strain, leaving
just the fleecy undercoat that is so much in demand. Although wool
is coarser than cotton or linen, its low density allows for the
manufacture of lightweight fabrics. Its excellent affinity for dyes
also increases its versatility. If you see a young woman wearing
a bright red scarf that blows lightly in the breeze, it could be
But have you ever tried to break off a strand of wool with your
fingers? Tough, isn’t it? Yes, a single fiber of wool can
resist breakage by a force of from one half to one ounce [15 to
30 g]— so you will need scissors to cut wool fabrics. Wool
fiber also has a crimp, or wave, which makes it very pliable, and
when stretched up to 30 percent of its length, it will return to
normal length when released. It is this quality that makes wool
wrinkle-resistant when dry.
Moreover, it is the air trapped between the unique fibers of wool
that provides it with an insulating quality, making it warm in winter
but cool in summer. Its surface is also water resistant, so that
a damp woolen cardigan will not chill you by drying too rapidly,
as other fabrics could. After all, sheep wear it all the time in
all sorts of weather and do not suffer from colds...
does that word mean....?
See below to find the meaning of some terms commonly used throughout
the Linen Living web site
AIRLAY -When a product such as the sovereign 4 seasons quilt uses the term
airlay it means that the fibres in the product are laid vertically
providing a more even warmth.
LAYER- Dual layer filling gives you extra warmth but without
COTTON – Japara cotton has same benefits as normal
cotton such as allowing moisture from the body to pass through and
eliminating that clammy feeling. But Japara cotton is a very high
quality cotton thus the benefits are enhanced.
PERCALE - A fine weave that produces a relatively fine and strong fabric
for sheets. <more>
COTTON - renowned for being the finest quality you can buy as long as it
is manufactured from the long staple fibres from Egypt <more>
PERCALE– a polyester/cotton mix of synthetic and
natural fibres, it feels smooth and launders easily. Remember the
higher the thread count the softer and more durable the sheet will
SATEEN – made from 100% high quality cotton. This
fabric has a nice sheen and has a luxurious silky finish that is
very soft and smooth against the skin.
YOU EVER WONDER...
is it that people say they "slept like a baby" when babies
wake up every two hours?
do banks charge a fee on "insufficient funds" when they
know there is not enough?
was the first person to look at a cow and say, "I think I'll
squeeze these pink dangly things here, and drink whatever comes
was the first person to say, "See that chicken there... I'm
gonna eat the next thing that comes outta it's bum."
IS THREAD COUNT?
thread count denotes the density of the weave and measures the number
of horizontal and vertical threads in one square inch of fabric.
a sheet has a high thread count it means that finer threads have
been used and the weave is tighter, which makes the fabric softer
and more luxurious.