Spring Cleaning Tips

Expert ideas to keep homes tidy, linens white and towels fluffy

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Jane Robson, founder of The Fine Cotton Company and all-round expert in everything relating to home linens, offers top tips on how to clean bedding and towels to keep whites white and towels super fluffy – plus she has great laundry bags for making washing a pleasure not a chore.

Keep Whites White

Wash regularly at 60 degrees to limit the build-up of dirt and detergent that will dull whites over time. Be exact when measuring laundry cleaner, too much will cause a build-up of product and too little won’t clean the clothes thoroughly. A biological detergent should also help to banish the yellow or grey tinge and make whites brilliant again.

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To bring a new lease of life to whites that have lost their sparkle try including half a cup of white wine vinegar in with the wash.  It’s a wonderful cleaning agent as the high acidity levels are naturally anti-bacterial, this neutralises odours and dissolves residual product.

For crisp white bed linen, our Biarritz 320TC Cotton Percale Bed Linen Collection is a sophisticated choice. at www.thefinecottoncompany.com

Ensure Towels Stay Soft and Fluffy

A damp, used towel is full of dead skin cells and micro-organisms, so when left to dry in a moist, warm bathroom environment this makes a lovely home for bacteria to breed in.

As people tend to have different personal hygiene habits, rather than talking in weekly or daily terms, it’s generally it’s accepted that towels should be washed after they’ve been used three times – that’s providing they can be dried thoroughly in between washes.

Any odour at all indicates the presence of microbes so that’s also a very good sign that towels could do with a spruce.

Wash at a minimum of 60 degrees to kill bacteria and go easy on the detergent and softener – far from making towels soft and fluffy, it’s a build-up of these products that can make towels start to feel matted, stiff and scratchy.

Replacing softener with vinegar or baking soda will strip away odours and can help to restore the soft and fluffy feel of your towels, along with increasing their absorbency.

It also pays not to overload the washing machine and tumble drier as allowing space for air to circulate will ensure the fabric fibres don’t become squashed and matted.  That said, too much tumble drying can also take its toll, so it’s perhaps best to try and alternate between air drying and tumble drying.”

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Como Organic Cotton Towels

Investing in a quality products will ensure towels stay softer for longer. A collection of thick and super absorbent white towels such as these Como Organic Cotton Towels from The Fine Cotton Company are manufactured from fully combed 700 gram organic cotton will feel as good as new wash after wash.

Weekly Washing For Bed Sheets

Bed sheets should be washed on a weekly basis at a minimum temperature of 60 degrees Celsius in order to destroy micro-organisms and other nasties that may be living in our linens.  Fresh air and sunlight is also a very effective way of killing germs, although it’s not always possible given the UK’s unpredictable weather, so running a hot iron over sheets and pillow cases will ensure any leftover bacteria is destroyed.

Good quality natural materials won’t fade or wear with washing so they can be laundered weekly at high temperatures and it won’t stop them from looking their best. All of our bedding is washable at 60 degrees – the temperature that kills dust mites and bacteria.

And finally, make washing a pleasure not a chore

Personalised laundry bags will help all members of the family take charge of their laundry and hopefully limit the need to search under beds for stray socks and shirts.

Any of our laundry and shoe bags can be customised with up to 10 letters for a name or perhaps the uber-organised among us could label them with ‘darks’, ‘whites’ and ‘colours’ so the laundry is sorted before it gets to the washer.

These adorable owl storage hampers can be personalised to encourage little ones to tidy up after themselves.

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Chalet Chic

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There’s nothing like heading back to a cosy chalet after a day on the slopes to relax and enjoy a little apres-ski.  More and more skiers are pushing their budgets to enjoy luxurious five star chalet retreats with interiors that can outshine even the most expensive of hotels. And it’s inspiring a wave of homeowners, eager to recreate that luxe ‘log cabin’ environment in homes, especially as we head into winter.

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With some of the finest lodges in Europe, including Portetta, Courcheval (pictured above), amongst our clients, we’re enamoured with the ‘chalet chic’ style at The Fine Cotton Company. So we’ve put together our guide on how to achieve a cosy, multi-sensory room in your own home.

Use nature as your muse

Nature’s forms run through the DNA of a chalet chic interior. It’s a look ideally suited to cottages or barn conversions where exposed beams and stone floors make up the internal structure of the room, but can equally be achieved with accessories and simple touches that fully immerse homeowners in the high-end ski lodge experience.

Stack logs in a fireplace or a knitted log basket and pile up tactile fabrics like faux fur to introduce tonal variety and texture to the room.

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A palette of soft, neutral colours that take their inspiration straight from the slopes are pleasing to the eye and will create a cosy atmosphere.  Colour selections should have a warm undertone; team brown, cream and caramel with a warm blue such as the Dulux colour of the year, Denim Drift.

The stag has been a perennial mainstay in interiors for many years and it’s certainly the animal of choice within this scheme. Consider more unusual ways of introducing the deer motif with playful book ends, wall-mounted antlers or antler chandelier, or a hot water bottle to further add to that cosy feel.

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Stag Hot Water Bottle                          Book ends

Don’t neglect the sense of smell

Tease the senses with delicious winter scents of wood, smoke and pine forest. There are lots of diffusers and candles on the market, but for a more authentic, festive fragrance try adding alternative kindling such as cherry wood or cedar to a wood-burning stove.

Get the lighting and the heating right

Guests should feel warm and welcome immediately as they enter the chalet inspired living space. If a log burner or open fire is still on the wish list rather than a reality, candles will help to achieve the look. Banish the ‘big light’ and opt for atmospheric fairy lights, lamps and drop pendants. And don’t skimp on the heating – shivering in the cold is not an option.

Add a touch of alpine glamour

Chalet chic should never be dull. Elevate a scheme from ordinary to fabulous with the addition of a little unanticipated alpine glamour. Achieve that luxe feel with metallic scatter cushions nestled  amongst fur, add crystal touches or to make a real statement, an elaborate chandelier juxtaposed against natural forms and textures will make for a dazzling focal point and add atmosphere by reflecting light around the room.

Tongue-in-cheek ski chic

This look doesn’t need to take itself too seriously, in fact, adding some funky accessories will add to the endorphin-inducing experience.  Have some fun with a kitsch fondue set or traditional board games, casually strew some ski magazines across the coffee table or take the plunge into chalet lifestyle with a hot tub in the garden.

The Fine Cotton Company Launches New Website

The Fine Cotton Company new website at www.thefinecottoncompany.comAfter many months of planning, we are delighted to launch our new website at www.thefinecottoncompany.com

We have made the website easy to navigate with clear areas for Bedroom, Bathroom, Children and Babies, and Gifts and Accessories.

The Gift Registry is a brand new feature which enables customers to set up a Gift List for any Celebration, such as Engagements, Weddings, New baby or a House move. The Gift List makes it easy to let your friends and family know exactly what you would like!

To celebrate the new website we are offering £10 OFF all orders over £40 up to midnight on the 2nd November 2013.

Simply enter NEWFCC at the checkout.

We would love to hear your feedback about the new website. Please email feedback@thefinecottoncompany.com

 

Cashmere Baby Shawl – Perfect for the new arrival

With the Royal Baby due on the 13th July, there must be a frenzy of shopping to make sure everything is ready before the new Prince or Princess arrives.

Our cashmere baby shawl is the perfect treat to ensure baby is snug on the way home from hospital.

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New Owls Collection for Boys and Girls

The new Owl collection of luxury organic bedlinen has arrived.

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Perfect to add a Spring feel to any childs bedroom.

In luxury 200 threadcount organic cotton percale, the owls are embroidered all over the duvet covers.

The coordinating pillowcases have one owl motif in the corner.

Baby Towels and Blankets also available.

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Richmond Bed Linen features on Kirstie’s Vintage Home

Richmond pleated bed linen appeared on Kirstie’s Vintage Home on Channel 4 this evening.

We are really proud to support Kirstie and her team.

 

 

 

 

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Ten Tips for a Great Nights Sleep

10 Tips for a Better Sleep

  • Keep to a regular routine –  educate your body to sleep far better by  going to bed, sleeping and getting up at about the same time, every day – even weekends!
  • Exercise more – studies have shown that people who exercise regularly sleep better. Exercise can make a bigger improvement to sleep than any other natural treatment. It can help relieve the day’s stresses and strains.
  • Create a restful sleeping environment by keeping your bedroom for relaxation and sleep. Keep it at a comfortable temperature – not too hot or too cold. It helps for the bedroom to be as quiet and dark as possible.
  • Remove Technology – Don’t have computers and TV’s in your bedroom
  • Clear the clutter – have a tidy bedroom as clutter may disrupt sleep.
  • Relax before going to bed – maybe have a warm (no too hot) bath, listen to some quiet music or a relaxation tape or do some yoga. These can help to relax the mind and body.
  • Cut down on caffeine and try a milky drink or herbal tea instead – stimulants such as caffeine in tea or coffee may interfere with falling asleep and prevent deep sleep. Some herbal teas such as camomile tea have sleep-inducing properties. Milk is very soothing and if you add nutmeg this can help as a relaxant.
  • Have a comfortable bed – if your bed is too small, too soft, too hard, or too old it may difficult to get deep, restful sleep. It could be worth investing in a new bed.
  • Temperature – make sure you have the correct tog duvet for the time of year and natural cotton bed-linen. When you are too warm in bed it can lead to a disrupted night’s sleep. While you are asleep your body is working to regulate the temperature.  It helps to use naturally cool, breathable cottons.
  • Refresh your bed-linen – change your bedding at least once a week. Any excess dust can irritate the airways which may disrupt sleep. When did you last change your valance or bed skirt? These are known to harbour dust and are generally changed infrequently – who does like lifting the mattress off to remove the valance? Check out the ‘Tuck-Top’ Valance exclusively at The Fine Cotton Company. Change your valance in seconds with this back-friendly valance!

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