Your SFERRA linens have been expertly woven using the finest materials, and with proper care will grace your home for years to come. This simple guide will address everyday care and provide helpful hints to ensure the longevity of your SFERRA bed, bath, and table linens. Many of our products are made from natural fibers that can be machine-washed at home; however, please be sure to read the care label on each item for best results.
BED LINEN CAREAlways pre-wash new linens before using. As fine fabrics are generally not pre-washed, this first wash is important for setting the threads, preserving the fabric’s beauty, and prolonging its life. Be sure to fully unfold, set the machine to include a cold pre-soak, and use minimal liquid detergent. Following the first wash, refer to our Machine-Wash Instructions below.
Use of a fabric softener (liquid or dryer sheets) is not recommended for any fine linens, as it coats and weakens natural fibers. Your luxury linens will soften naturally with frequent use and additional washings.
We recommend using three sets of bed linens in rotation: one on the bed, one in the wash, one in the linen closet. This will allow each set a rest from use and a rest from wash. Similarly, we recommend that you wash matching linens (e.g. sheets and pillowcases) together, as each piece should be cared for similarly regardless of whether or not it is soiled (or even, used) to help maintain color consistency and brightness.
Remove jewelry and watches, or other accessories that may damage fibers while sleeping. The added abrasion can—over time—break down the fibers, possibly resulting in pilling.
Take care when drawing up your sheets or shimmying a pillow into its case: pull from below the hem—not on or above the hemstitch, lace detail, or embroidery—so as not to subject these delicate threads to undue stress.
Avoid laundering fine linens with other items, especially those containing polyester, and items made of heavy material, rivets, buttons, zippers, etc., (for example, denim jeans) as these can damage fibers and fabric.
Do not overload the washing machine, as this can cause unnecessary abrasion to the fabric.
Always check the care label before laundering, and separate linens into light and dark colors.
TIP: Unless linens are very soiled, you need only use half the recommended amount of detergent.
Natural fibers will wrinkle, but there are steps you can take while drying linens to minimize wrinkling. Line drying linens in soft, outdoor sunlight is ideal—it is the most gentle, and the sun provides natural bleaching—though this is not always practical.
Always check to make sure your steam iron is clean—mineral deposits may build up and cause brown spotting.
TIP: If you cannot iron immediately, roll linens in a towel or a plastic bag and temporarily store in the freezer for up to 24 hours. This trick will make your linens easier to iron while preventing mildew.
Natural fibers need to breathe: store bed linens in a cool, dry, well-ventilated area, shielded from long exposure to direct sunlight. Linens stored long-term should be wrapped in white cotton, muslin (old pillowcases work well), or acid-free paper. Avoid storing linens in plastic bags, boxes, or in cedar chests which can all cause permanent yellowing or streak fabrics.
TABLE LINEN CARE
A well-dressed table sets a beautiful scene for family gatherings and special occasions. Caring for your table linens by following these suggestions will ensure that your tables are properly dressed for years to come.
Always wash matching table linens together (whether used or soiled) to allow them to wear at the same rate. Whenever possible, treat stains when they are fresh. If allowed to set, stains may be impossible to remove at a later date. See Helpful Hints below for treating difficult stains.
If possible, line dry outdoors to keep white linen at its whitest. Avoid twisting or wringing out linens before drying. For machine care, tumble dry on low heat until slightly damp.
Store tablecloths rolled around cardboard tubes or hung on hangers (without plastic) to prevent crease marks from setting, which can weaken fibers. Store in a well ventilated place. Cover linens only in cotton, linen, or muslin, or wrap in acid-free tissue. Never use plastic, cardboard, or cedar chests to store your fine table linens.
HELPFUL HINTS FOR STAIN REMOVAL
Use these special tips for stain removal, and launder as usual. Do not dry or iron if the stain remains—treat stains until they disappear.
BATH LINEN CARE
Bath linens should be a soft, absorbent, cozy cocoon to wrap yourself in after a relaxing bath. Follow these simple suggestions to preserve the look and feel of your bath towels.
IMPORTANT: Never use fabric softeners (liquid softeners or dryer sheets) when laundering towels, as they reduce the absorbency of cotton fibers and can ruin your towels.
TIP: Do not pour detergent directly on textiles; rather, add it to the water as the wash tub fills or dilute detergent with water, then add linens.
ADDITIONAL LINEN CARE NOTES
Some hair and skin products, such as acne lotions, face creams, or toothpastes that contain oxidizing agents, may cause discoloration of colored sheets and towels. When using such products, it’s safest to sleep on white bed linens.
All natural fibers will shrink to some extent, but in most instances we generously overcut our products to allow for shrinkage. Do not wash or—especially—dry linens on a hot setting, which is most likely to cause shrinkage. Follow instructions on the care label.
If the label says “hand launder,” never machine wash. Hand wash in gentle soap; rinse thoroughly in clean water to eliminate all soap residue, then line dry, lay flat (on towels), or hang to dry. Avoid wringing linens by blotting on towels before air-drying.
Professional hand washing is recommended for the most delicate linens—those with heavy embellishments or embroideries, heirlooms, or worn linens. Be sure to use a reputable launderer who knows how to launder delicate linens.
We do not recommend dry cleaning for our natural cotton and linen products. Dry cleaning is recommended for luxury fibers such as cashmere, merino wool, and alpaca. Dry cleaning helps avoid excessive shrinkage on formal top-of-bed items such as matelassé blanket covers. Be sure to use a professional dry cleaner with experience in natural fibers and luxury linens.