What are linens?
It is common for one to think of linens as our bed sheets. But they also include our kitchen and bath cloth items. So in addition to such things as sheets, bedspreads and blankets, you would also include pillows, towels, curtains, tablecloths, placemats and even rugs to name a few. So to simplify things, just consider linens to be all things fabric (other than your clothing). Linens are not cheap, so it is important to know how to care for them when moving or else storing them.
So now the question is: How to pack or store these linens? Most people don’t consider the safety of their linens, since they don’t break. In fact, many times linens are used to help pack your actual fragile items. This is not a bad idea, but what if you have linens that you want to preserve. Many people have very delicate lines or even handmade items, such as quilts or embroidered items they have made.
The idea of putting your linens in a plastic bag is good, in that it will keep them clean and dry, but also consider the fact that the bag itself is easily punctured, so it would be a good idea to then take the next step and place your items into a moving container, either pasteboard box or a plastic storage container. To do this, take these steps:
Fold your items neatly
Line the container with packing paper
Sort your items into boxes according to the area of the house they belong in, such as towels and washcloths or else bed clothing, etc.
Do not cram your items together, but allow them room to breathe.
After placing the fabric items in the box then place another layer of packing paper over them.
Close the box, seal and label.
GOOD IDEA HERE: Because these boxes of linens can be voluminous (with items such as pillows and comforters), it is best to keep the weight of them down to approximately 40 lbs.
That’s it! Easy Peasy!!
ADDITIONAL WORD ABOUT CURTAINS AND DRAPERIES
A great idea for your curtains and draperies is to hang them in wardrobe boxes. If a wardrobe box is not an option, simply iron and fold your items and proceed as you would with other linen items.
WHAT ABOUT RUGS?
When packing rugs, you should vacuum them to remove all debris, etc, since rugs, as are all linens, subject o mold and mildew. Also insects love to find their way into your linens. You should roll your rugs instead of folding them so as not to “break the backing” with a crease. After rolling the rug, then put “paper padding” on both ends, secured with packing tape. However, if you do not have the packing material, do not to worry. Simply, leave your larger rugs on the floor and the moving company will help to secure these items for you. Smaller rugs can actually be folded and put into a box, as long as you do not “cram” them.
ABOUT STORING LINENS
If you plan on storing your linens for any length of time, remember to store them in a bone-dry space with minimal light exposure. You should also avoid storing them in plastic, in addition to cedar or cardboard to prevent yellowing and to keep your whites looking snow-white. You should also limit the amount of items per container as well as place a sachet in the container. However, do not use a color cloth for your sachet bag, since it may bleed onto your whites.
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