Washing Table Linen

Darren Brown, Business Development Manager, gives some tips and tricks on how to effectively wash table linen.

When washing table linen, the process is dependent on the composition of the linen, whether its Polyester, cotton, or a mix of the two. Also if its signature or Visa, the wash temperature needs to be a consideration.

Before washing the linen, it needs to be sorted and shaken out properly, because if the linen has come from a party or private function, especially in the current climate, many use paper coloured napkins which get caught up in the linen. This can cause colour transfer from the paper napkins onto the linen making it hard to remove after washing.

Separate the colours from white linen, and wash separately.

When washing table linen and napkins, a prewash to remove any protein based stains is to be used before going into a higher wash temperature.

The use of our Cole & Wilson detergent, Caretex A, is especially effective in removing protein based soils, being an enzyme (biological) based product and is more effective at lower temperatures, especially the prewash.

Cole & Wilson's Caretex A






Cole & Wilson’s Caretex A Detergent

The higher temperature is then used for aiding the removal of oil based stains along with an alkali and Emulsifier (our Caretex E and D products) before doing a bleach wash using our Caretex C product on white linen to remove any residual staining.

When washing coloured linen, the use of Pro-Fit Crystal as a colour-safe stain remover is very effective in removing staining.


The use of Cole & Wilson’s Caretex range (Caretex A, D, E, C, and Pro-Fit Crystal) will effectively remove all stains and soiling, to ensure you achieve a high standard of wash.



Caretex ProductsPro-fit Crystal







Cole & Wilson’s Caretex A, D, E, C, and Pro-Fit Crystal products

When washing Polyester, signature and especially visa linen, temperatures above 60C should be avoided and if you have to use a higher temperature, a cooldown function is recommended to ensure the prevention of thermal shock on the linen which creates creasing on the linen that is hard to remove once caused.


Finishing table linen is as important as the wash, its all about the presentation. This is also all dependent on the customer requirements. The use of a quality starch (Caretex F) will enable you to give your customer that perfect finish, whether they want a rigid crisp table linen, or just enough stiffness to allow the linen to lay perfectly on the table.

Cole & Wilson's Caretex F






Cole & Wilson’s Caretex F Liquid Starch

Candle Wax Removal

If you are trying to effectively remove candle wax, it is recommended to use an old tea towel and iron straight onto the top of the tea towel with the table cloth underneath, this will allow the tea towel to absorb most of the wax, and allow an effective emulsifier (Caretex D) to remove the rest. Alternatively you could use one of the spotters in the Sultraspot Spotting Kit, but is more labour intensive.

Candle Wax





Mildew removal

Mildew removal is possible with the correct wash process for the type of linen and colour.

For more information on this topic, and all other queries in relation to washing table linen, please contact one of our Business Development Managers, Darren Brown or Hemant Zavery.