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PAGE No. 26D.Irish Linen Plain Huck Towel. Ref. 162. Irish Linen Damask Huck Towel. Design Rose. Ref. 165 (as below).E.Irish Linen Damask Huck Towel. Design Rose. Ref. 165. Can be monogrammed to order.F.Irish Linen Laundry Bag. Ref. 8/8. All of above available inWhite or Natural.DEF

The sails of the clipper ships were made from flax. Linen is the strongest natural fibreknown to man, and of all textile fibres, is the one which washes best. Irish Linen oftenbecomes a family heirloom as it wears extremely well and is able to maintain its specialqualities throughout its long life. Linen will remain in pristine condition for years, withnormal household use, provided a few simple rules are followed. Linen increases in strength when wet, which is why it stands up to the rough and tumbleof repeated laundering so well. Commercial soap powders and liquid detergents can besafely used but as with all other textiles, always test for colour fastness. Avoid detergentswhich contain Optical Brightening Agents (O.B.A.) as they may cause colours to alterslightly and will detract from the appearance of the subtle white linen damask pattern.O.B.A. is particularly deleterious to natural unbleached linens. Bleach is the worst enemy of any natural fibre and must not be used as a cleansing agentas misuse can significantly degrade and weaken the fibres. Be careful in choosing yourlaundry, as poor laundries may cut corners by using bleach in too high a concentrationto help whiten the laundry. Due to its sheen and smooth surface, linen releases stains easily, although it is advisableto work on very stubborn stains before washing. The following washing cycles can be used:1.White linen articles without special finishes may be washed at 2.Linen without special finishes, where colours are fast at 60°C, at (For 1 and 2 above wash is generally sufficient). 3.Linen where colours are fast at 40°C but not at 60°C should be washed at 4.Fine hand-embroidered linen needs to be treated with care and should be hand washed or machine washed at Never tumble-dry linen as this can over-dry the fibres and make ironing more difficult.Linen naturally dries quickly anyway. Always iron linen when damp, first on the wrong side to eliminate creases and then onthe right side if you wish to enhance the fabric's natural sheen. There is no need to usestarch except perhaps for the finest linens, for linen has built-in crispness. If the linen hasalready dried out before ironing, use a water spray to re-dampen it. A good steam ironwill work best on linen.Remember you do not have to save Thomas Ferguson Irish Linen for 'Best'. ThomasFerguson Irish Linen articles can take any amount of washing and keep coming up formore. They thrive on regular use and regular laundering.STORINGThomas Ferguson Irish Linen is naturally mothproof safely stored under normalconditions. Slatted shelves will allow air to circulate. Avoid cupboards with heating pipesrunning through them or cedar linen chests, as these can discolour linen. If by mischanceit does become discoloured, wash as soon as possible and dry in the sun to whiten again.CARING AND STORINGPAGE No. 27