How to use napkins at the table to look perfect? We offer some basic rules.
- The fabric napkin lying next to or on the plate should be folded in half and put on your knees - it is designed to protect the suit or dress from crumbs and drops of food. The napkin is laid out as soon as the ordered drinks or an aperitif have been brought. But if butter and bread are already served on the table, the napkins are laid out immediately after the waiter has accepted the order. The napkin should remain on your knees until the very end of the meal.
- Laying a napkin behind the collar is permissible only if dishes such as spaghetti, lobster or oysters are served.
Watch the video on how to properly use serving napkins at the table:
How to fold napkins for a festive table beautifully
Any table will become exquisite in a matter of minutes, if it is beautiful to fold the serving napkins. Today we offer three simple options: “butterfly”, “pocket” and “candle”. It’s not difficult to learn the folding technique - follow the instructions!
- Put the napkin face down, bend the lower and upper edges to the middle.
2. Once again, fold the lower and upper edges to the middle.
3. We connect the long ends in the middle so that one overlaps the other.
4. Turn the folded napkin over, bind it in the middle with a ribbon or braid and straighten the edges - the butterfly is ready!
- We put the napkin face up, fold in half.
2. Take the edge that we just connected to the other, and bend it to the opposite edge - you get a rectangle.
3. Gently turn the napkin and bend the left and right side to the middle 2 times.
4. Turn over the napkin - it has turned into a small pocket. You can put cutlery, flowers, and whatever your heart desires into it.
Watch the video on how to fold a candle-shaped serving napkin:
Serving Serving Napkins and Tablecloths
Tablecloths and napkins made of natural materials - cotton, linen, plant silk - look spectacular and solemn, while they are environmentally friendly and durable. In order for table textile to retain its appearance for as long as possible, you need to properly care for it. We offer some tips.
Before washing, carefully read the instructions on the label. It is better to soak linen and cotton tablecloths and napkins in warm water with washing powder and wash in 1-2 hours. White cotton tablecloths and napkins can be washed at a temperature of 90 ° C, colored - 40-60 ° C, white linen - at a temperature of 30-40 ° C, colored - up to 60 ° C. Silk tablecloths require delicate washing at 30 ° C. Tablecloths with lace and sewing items should be washed manually or in the “hand wash” mode.
Drying the tablecloths is best not in the car, but in the air in a flattened state. When washing, cotton and linen tablecloths "sit down" strongly, so when buying it is better to choose a model 10 cm more than necessary.
It is best to iron the tablecloths when the fabric is still a little damp. Cotton and linen tablecloths should be ironed on the front side, folded in half, if necessary, you can use a steamer. Silk tablecloths and napkins are ironed with a warm iron from the wrong side. It is better not to fold the ironed tablecloth immediately into the cupboard, but leave it for several hours so that it cools down and dries out from the steam.
Tablecloths must be protected from sunlight to avoid fading. Tablecloths are best stored in a closet, neatly folded in a pile after removing all stains, washing and ironing.
Consider how to remove the most common stains from tablecloths and napkins. Stains from red wine should be immediately dried with a paper towel, then wiped with a damp sponge and sprinkled with salt. Stains from fatty foods should first be blotted with a paper towel and sprinkled with salt, and fresh stains from berries and fruit juices can be removed with a solution of soda (1 tbsp. In a glass of water). For stubborn dirt, apply a stain remover according to the instructions and then wash. If there is candle wax left on the tablecloth, it can be scraped off with a blunt knife. If the wax cannot be completely removed, the fabric should be placed between two paper towels and ironed with a warm iron.
We will be glad if our tips help you make life brighter and more beautiful!
How to wash table linen
These days, not all tablecloths are cotton or linen. All new table linens have a care tag with instructions for washing them.
For older tablecloths without labels, you cannot go wrong by hand washing in cool water or in cool water on the gentle cycle of your washer. Use caution, especially if you manually wash the item to remove all detergents and never use a fabric softener that may cause discoloration during storage.
It is important to care for a particular type of fabric, including with balls and fancy trimmings.
- Natural Fibers - Cotton, Linen, Bamboo
- Synthetic fibers
- Beaded or embellished fabrics
Help! My table towels have stains
Table linen picks up all drops and splashes. Always check the fabric for stains before washing. Some spots may not be visible, but may provide food for mold or insects. Refer to the stain removal chart to help with specific food stains.
Learn how to treat common stains on a tablecloth and how to identify a treatment for easier cleaning.
- 10 stain removal rules
- How to use stains for treatment
- How to remove tanning spots
If you have a white cloth that has turned yellow or is getting a shade or a colored cloth that needs lighting, follow the steps to correct the situation before ironing or storing the laundry.
The first step is to mix a solution of warm water and an oxygen-based bleach (brand names: OxiClean, All Natural Oxygen Brightener, or OXO Brite).
Immerse the laundry and let it soak all night. Then wash as usual. These steps are safe to use on cotton, linen and synthetic fibers. For manual painting, oxygen bleach can be used if the paint is installed correctly.
You can also add laundry to wash or rinse with water to make white linen look brighter. Just follow the directions on the bottle.
How to bite table linen
If you have chosen permanent press fabrics, you can skip most of this section. But even these fabrics appear wrinkled if you keep bedding clogged in a drawer. A few ironing tips will help you have a great table and smooth food!
- Before you begin, make sure the sole of your iron is clean. If you use a steam iron, test it on an old cloth to make sure the iron is free of mineral deposits. These drops will cause a brown stain.
- Use a well-padded ironing board with a smooth, heat-reflecting lid. If you do not have an ironing board, follow these steps.
- To facilitate ironing, the sheets should be slightly damp. Press them until they are smooth but not completely dry and allow them to finish drying in the air.
- First, start on the wrong side of the fabric by pressing a section of fabric sections above the board when you iron. Turn the fabric and finish by pressing the right side of the fabric.
- Starch or calibration? If you like folding napkins into bizarre shapes, you need to use starch and a hot setting on your iron to get the clarity you need. For a softer appearance, use spray calibration and a mid-level iron.
- For light towels, first on the alien side, then on the right side to bring out the shine. On dark items, only on the wrong side.
- Many napkins or napkins have monograms. In order for the stitched monograms to look crisp and smooth, the iron is designed face down against a thick terry towel. Soft texture will prevent smoothing of the monogram. The towel should be white or colored. After ironing the monogram face down on the towel, finish by pressing the right side of the cloth, but iron around the monogram.
- Do not fold or store ironed items only. They should be kept evenly and smoothly for some time to dry completely. When the laundry is dry, put on a coat hanger to prevent wrinkles or keep the apartment flat.
- Place an ironing board near the table when ironing large items such as tablecloths. Unfold the finished pieces of fabric on top of the table, and do not let it fall over under the ironing board.
- If you are worried about contamination of the fabric, if it is lying on the floor, place a clean white sheet under the ironing board.
How to store table linen
Always wash or dry clean laundry before storage and inspect every part for stains. Some spots may not be visible, but may provide food for mold or insects such as silver fish. And make sure the laundry is completely dry before storing them. Moisture means mold.
Store your laundry in a cool, dry, well-ventilated area. Wrap them in an acid-free napkin, not plain tissue paper. Acids in plain tissue paper may have yellow white underwear. Use a fabric between the folds to soften the edges; any crunchy creases can weaken the fibers.
Never store bedding in plastic bags, cardboard boxes or in direct contact with cedar chests or any wooden box. Vapors from polyurethane plastic boxes and oil-based wood acids can be yellow or weaken fabrics.
Place heavier pieces such as rugs at the bottom, then tablecloths and cloth napkins and place the lace pieces over the stack. It is better to store linen that is not starched, because starch can attract insects.
Put your laundry at least twice a year to prevent constant stress in any one area.
How to store laundry by hanging or rolling
The best way to prevent wrinkles for a permanent press or a freshly made cloth is to hang them on soft hangers in a closet. Hang only one cloth on a soft hanger and leave a lot of space between the hangers so that air can circulate. You can also use over a door hanger and lay hinges for long-term storage.
NEVER cover your laundry with a plastic bag. It can trap moisture and cause a chemical reaction that can discolor laundry. Instead, cover the hangers with a white 100 percent cotton sheet or pillowcase.
You can also prevent wrinkles by rolling bedding around a cardboard tube.
If they will be stored for more than a week or so, make sure the cardboard is acid free to prevent staining.
With proper care, bedding can last for many generations.
Dishwashing Detergent - Your Salvation
Removing tablecloths, towels and napkins from the closet, you can notice traces of last year's stains on them. Do not panic. Kitchen textiles in white and light colors (without bright patterns) can be soaked in hot water diluted with detergent for dishes (do not pour it too much, the water should be just soapy). At the same time, make sure that all linen is completely immersed in water, and then wash it as usual.
Wash and iron kitchen textiles after each use.
There is no need to talk about the fact that kitchen textiles should be washed regularly. But many housewives do not iron tablecloths, towels and napkins immediately after washing. Having ironed the washed kitchen textiles immediately after it dries, you will save yourself from additional hassle before the guests arrive. Firstly, kitchen textiles (like bedding) are best ironed immediately after washing. Secondly, being kept in the cabinet in a washed and ironed state, it will retain its attractive appearance and remain new for much longer.
Dark colors are more practical in the long run.
If it seems to you that it is too difficult to care for light kitchen textiles, try alternative options. Tablecloths and napkins of a dark color will also look great on a festive table with dishes of both white and contrasting saturated colors. Yes, such textiles do not look as traditional as white, but they look very elegant and elegant. In addition, spots will not be visible on it, and it will be easier to wash it. So, by the way, many restaurants do, why can't you?