Most people regard ironing as a chore. But ironing linen can become a less onerous task if you do it
when the linen is damp. If linen is taken out of the dryer or off the line while still damp and then ironed
immediately, the chore ceases to be a chore at all.
Be sure the soleplate of your iron is clean and smooth for quicker and easier ironing.
If you have a steam iron, check for mineral deposits, which can cause brown spotting.
Check your ironing board and its cover. For speedy ironing, use well padded boards with smooth
Begin with dampened linen. Steam ironing dry linen is less effective than dry or steam ironing
dampened linens. A professional steamer is the only appliance that provides enough steam to remove
wrinkles from heavier linens. The steam from a household iron is just not enough.
Store linen items in a plastic bag in the refrigerator or freezer from 6 to 24 hours before ironing. This
will make them easier to iron and will prevent mildew.
Use spray starch (if desired) and iron with a steam iron at a medium to hot setting. Starch provides
extra crispness, particularly to napkins to be folded into fancy shapes. For a softer look, select spray-on
fabric sizing instead. In a pinch, smooth things over with spray-on wrinkle remover.
Iron on the wrong side first, then on the right side to bring out the sheen, especially damasks and
light-colored linens. Iron dark linens on the wrong side only.
Choose a temperature setting compatible with the fabric weight. Pure linen can withstand the
highest temperature setting on your iron. Test an inconspicuous corner first.
Iron linen until smooth but not dry. Once wrinkles are gone, hang the linen item until it is bone dry.
When ironing embroidered linen, keep the embroidery stitches rounded and dimensional by pressing
item on the wrong side atop a soft towel.
Use a press cloth to safeguard delicate lace and cutwork. A press cloth also helps to avoid press
marks over seams, hems and pockets.
Place a table next to the ironing board when ironing large tablecloths. Roll finished sections of the
cloth over the table rather than letting it pile up under the ironing board.
Minimize creasing ironed tablecloths by rolling them around a tube or hanging them.
About Ulster Linen Co., Inc.
The Ulster Linen Co., Inc. of New York is noted for being the most reliable source of Fine European Linens in the US. Our roots go
back to an Irish mill called The Ulster Weaving Co., Ltd. which was started over 150 years ago by John Sloan Larmor from a small
weaving division of the Ulster Spinning Co., Ltd. William Hogg Larmor, youngest son of John Sloan Larmor came to the United States
and started the present New York importing company in 1933, then also called the Ulster Weaving Co., Ltd. Both the Belfast and New
York companies recently changed their names to better reflect their corporate purpose and independence.
Our reputation for quick, courteous service and high quality products is well known. Ulster's longevity (oldest US Linen Company of
its kind, still active) is the result of placing the customer's needs first and carrying ample stock of basic linens for swift
delivery. Please review our product line and contact us when you need quality linen. You may select from linen by the yard or