I’m a big fan of kitchen linens. I use cloth napkins at almost every meal – even breakfast! Most of the time my table is set with place mats, but I always use a tablecloth when entertaining or serving a nice meal. I know that ironing a large tablecloth (or even ironing linens in general) might seem like an unpleasant task, so I thought I’d break it down for you to see how easy it is!
Here are a few tips that will make the whole process easier:
- Use high heat unless you are working with a delicate fabric.
- Make sure your iron is full of water – steam is your friend!
- Use starch for heavy or very wrinkled linens.
- Fold tablecloth in half lengthwise and position it on the wider part of the ironing board.
- Make sure the edges are even and meet at the corners.
- Iron in wide, firm sweeps across the fabric. As you work, move the ironed portion away from you – being careful that it hangs flat and doesn’t wrinkle on the ground.
- Store ironed linens on sturdy hangers until ready to use.
Cloth napkins are very simple to iron. I’ve been ironing napkins since I was about eight or nine. It’s a simple and rewarding job!
- Lay the napkin flat on the ironing board.
- Iron the entire surface until the major wrinkles are gone.
- Fold the napkin in half* and iron the surface, making a nice crease at the fold. You may have to flip the napkin over and iron the other side, depending on how wrinkled the material is.
- Fold the napkin in half (the other direction from your first fold) and iron the surface, again making a crease.
- Fold the napkin in half again and iron once more to define the folds.
*The direction in which you fold the napkin will depend on the shape and the pattern of the material.
Do you enjoy using kitchen linens?