Caring For Embroidered Items
Here are a few tips to keep in mind when laundering your embroidered apparel, household items or accessories:
First, pay attention to the manufacturer’s laundering directions and know the fabric content of your item.
I use a high-quality polyester machine embroidery thread in my work. It can stand up to most home or commercial cleaning methods.
Turn garments inside out to avoid unnecessary friction on the embroidered area. A quick soak is fine for stain removal but do not rub or scrub embroidery. Be careful if the item is red- the dye could bleed, discoloring white or light designs.
Remove wet laundry promptly, dry according to directions or air dry.
If your garment needs to be ironed, use a press cloth and iron on the back side with a dry, not steam, iron to prevent puckering.
For Linen- use it, don’t fear it! Linen will soften over time with proper laundering, so you might find it useful to wash pillowcases a few times prior to use.
Heirloom linens may require special attention depending on age and condition. Today’s linen or cotton/linen blends are really very easy to care for. Do follow manufacturer’s instructions.
If wax drips on your table linens, soak the drips in ice water to hasten hardening before attempting to remove the wax. Know that the dyes in colored candles can cause permanent stains.
Follow normal stain removal using a non-chlorine spray, then launder by machine or hand wash with a mild detergent. Don’t use fabric softener in the washer or dryer.
Tumble or air dry (especially if you are concerned about stains: If your linen hasn’t been treated with heat you’ll have an easier time re-treating stains.) BUT remove from dryer while items are still damp. Spread on a flat surface to prevent wrinkling and iron immediately. On embroidered areas or if you don’t trust your iron, press on the wrong side.
Store when dry; if you have the room, roll larger ironed items on a cardboard tube with acid-free tissue between the cardboard and cloth.
I'd be happy to try to answer any questions on the subject.