Table linens and napkins are easily to get dirty on the dining table. Laundering perhaps the better idea, but you can see some guide below on what will be the best way to clean the table lines and napkins.

Colored and delicate white lines also needs some attention. Here are some guides on to wash the colored lines and how to iron the lines and tablecloths in a perfect way.

TABLE LINENS. Easy-care table mats of plastics and bamboo and fresh paper napkins have edged linen off most family dinner tables, but it still presides on important occasions. Although adapted to weaves of exquisite fineness, linen is a very tough durable fabric that lasts for years. It launders easily to a snowy whiteness and has a stiffness all its own. It accepts dyes graciously and may be bought in a lovely array of colors. There is nothing complicated about its care.

LAUNDERING. White table linens should be soaked for about twenty minutes in plain cool to lukewarm water before being laundered. Then wash all but the most delicate pieces in hot water, using an all-purpose laundry soap or heavy duty detergent. In machine washing give them eight to twenty minutes, depending upon the amount of soil.

FOR BADLY STAINED CLOTHS AND NAPKINS use household bleach in the wash water (read the label for the proper amount) then rinse thoroughly. Most stains are removed by bleaching, but there are a few stains that should be treated before linen is put to soak: candlewax drippings, wine, fruit, tea, and coffee. Instructions are given in the chapter on stain removal. Lipstick and grease stains usually wash out, but it is a good idea to pretreat them with a liquid detergent or soap. This pretreatment is especially good for grease stains on colored linens, notably dark-colored ones that tend to hide grease spots until the material is ironed.

BLUING CAN BE USED FOR WHITE LINENS, if desired, but it is not necessary because, properly laundered, they emerge dazzling white.

STARCHING IS NOT NECESSARY unless an unusual amount of stiffening is desired. Women who are really fussy about the appearance of their table linens wash them separately from cottons. This is because damasks, especially, tend to pick up cotton lint that makes them look fuzzy.

FOR COLORED AND DELICATE WHITE LINENS use warm water and a mild soap or detergent. Dry white linens in the sun, if possible, and colored ones in the shade. Hang them neatly folded over the line with their hems smoothed straight for easier ironing later never pin them by a corner.

IF LINENS ARE AUTOMATICALLY DRIED the temperature should not be too hot. Make it room temperature if you can.