Placemats serve as a form of decoration or advertisement but its purpose can also be to protect the dinner table from food stains or heat damage. They exist in different materials where the common ones are made from linen and the higher end ones are made from leather which are often seen in premium hotels and restaurants.
ABOUT PLACE MATS
If you notice that there are stains on the linen placemat, immediately remove them by wiping them with a wet cloth otherwise it can become permanent. For stubborn stains, apply a small amount of non-corrosive detergent and continue wiping them off with a damped cloth. Once done, place the linens outdoor and leave them dry naturally. It is important that you should never scrub these linens else it may badly damage the fabric. Then you can send them to the laundry.
Stains or dirt on leather placemats are easy to remove. A damped cloth is required to wipe off the stains and thereafter leave it to dry completely to ensure that the leather does not absorb liquid. Otherwise, unsightly water marks will remain on the placemats.
Placemats made with bounded leather are waterproof and are even easier to clean.
Plastic placemats are the easiest to clean – simply wipe the stains away by using a damped cloth or sponge. For extremely stubborn stains, soak the mats in warm water filled with small amount of detergent for 2 minutes and thereafter, continue wiping them off. Similarly, leave them to dry naturally and make sure not to stack them; otherwise it will be difficult for the water to evaporate.
Our Choice of Placemats
Cotton is considerably tougher and known as a resistant material which recovers from creases more effectively. Before washing a cotton linen, always check and follow the instructions on the care label of the garments to ensure that the washing will not damage the material. In terms of temperature, it is recommended to use cold water but hot water and bleach can also be used on good fabrics.
Stains on linen should be removed quickly to prevent it from being permanent. Usually applying a small amount of non-corrosive detergent on the stain before washing will suffice. If you would like to use a stain removal product, especially on colored cotton linens, always test it on the inside seam first to ensure that the garments are colorfast.
To ensure that your linen does not shrink or develop excessive wrinkling while using a dryer or a washing machine, always remember to tumble dry them at low temperatures. However, make sure to remove them when they are still slightly damp.
One way to remove the wrinkles after washing is to gently iron the linens at medium temperature.
Another method is to place the linens in a dryer for 15-20 minutes and this will easily remove any wrinkle.
With regards to our linens, we strongly recommend doing washing test whenever you send them for the first time to your professional laundry.
It is highly recommended to store linens in places with proper ventilation such as a linen closet or wrap them in bags made from linen or cotton. Never store them in plastic bags, cardboard boxes or cedar chests because these places have very poor ventilation and as a result, the fumes and oils from the wood and plastic can permanently leave a yellowish stain on the linen and further weaken the fibers of the textile.