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Keep Your Napkins Party-Ready

Weekend means entertaining and that translates into bringing out the pretty china, smart tableware, and gorgeous linens. Normally used to going casual, it’s a task to maintain fancy items like cloth napkins.

But that’s no excuse to ditch them for paper napkins.


We tell you how to keep your cloth napkins in mint condition!

If you’re bringing out your napkins from cold storage, be sure to prep them for the party. Wash and iron before use. You don’t want your guests feeding off the smell of dust and mothballs.

White or Maroon? Ivory or Navy? Have light-coloured napkins, but own a dark set too. They’re lighter on maintenance, and especially useful for use with curries and other stain-heavy food.

Select stores (groceries and chemist shops) stock a product called Stainoff. Stock up on it. It opens out into a wet wipe and is great for wiping away almost all kind of stains in a jiffy. A friend indeed!

After the party’s over, attend to your napkins as soon as you can. Soak them in a bucket of detergent solution. Remember that the longer a stain sits, the harder it is to remove.

Soak heavily soiled linen with an enzyme detergent (available in the laundry aisle of many supermarkets) or oxygen bleach, and wash them separately.

Add half a cup of baking soda with your detergent at the beginning of the wash cycle. Before beginning the rinse cycle, pour in half a cup of white vinegar. These natural cleansers work wonders.

After four to six uses, white napkins start looking yellow. Use a colour remover regularly to lose the “dinginess”.

Add a little starch to the last rinse. This helps napkins retain crease lines, and is recommended especially if you’re going to store your napkins for a long while between special occasions.

Iron your napkins after every wash. Handing out crushed napkins doesn’t do much for your reputation as hostess with the mostest. And do you really want to haul out the iron when you plan to host your next party? You already have so much to do, remember!

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Akash ShahDo you guys offer custom-made products too?