Linen blends often require special attention, based on the individual fabrics used in the blend. Be sure to check the care label carefully and care for accordingly. Linen blended with polyester may respond very well to a washing procedure, while linen blended with silk usually requires drycleaning.
One of the problems with linen is the removal of stains. In some cases, the problem is caused by misuse by the consumer, especially in cases where commercial linen, such as tablecloths and napkins, is involved. Many napkins and tablecloths contain a high percentage of polyester, and these fibers attach themselves to oils and greases. If these stains are left on the fabric for some time, before the article is washed, a yellow stain may appear.
In some cases, the linen article can be rejuvenated by sending it to a professional cleaner. Drycleaning solvents and other similar solvents, available only to the cleaner, can be very effective in removing these stains. However, if the stain is left on the fabric for a long time, or subjected to previous washing and drying cycles, the stain may be permanent.
(courtesy of DLI)