Caring for Blankets, Throws & Linen Bedding
Blankets & Throws
Love and relish your Tolly McRae blanket. Should it need a freshen up, wait for a blustery day and peg it out on the line. Give it a good beating and let the wind do the rest. If it needs a little more help, give it a squirt of something sumptuous. When your Tolly McRae blanket or throw becomes very grubby, pop it to the dry cleaners and ask them to give it a good seeing too. It shall be as good as new in no time.
If you spill anything on your blanket try to lift the stain immediately. Do not rub; rather dab with a clean absorbent cloth or kitchen towel. If this alone does not lift the stain, run the affected area under a cold tap and gently squeeze the spill. Smooth out and leave to dry flat. Do not wring. Rubbing will cause the pile to nap and bobble so avoid where possible. Please note, Tolly McRae can not be held responsible for items damaged through spillages and staining.
Wool & Pilling
All our blankets are 100% wool. Wool is a natural fibre and will always pill with usage; pilling is the technical term for the little bobbles that appear on the surface of the fabric. We recommend using a wool comb or fabric shaver to remove any pilling. This Philips Fabric Shaver from John Lewis comes highly recommended, but there are other brands and retailers that sell similar.
Hammam Beach and Bath Towels & Kitchen Towels
Tolly McRae towels are 100% cotton and should be washed in a machine at 40C. Dry your flat weave Turkish towels on the line or until damp in the tumble dryer. The Hammam beach bath towels will not need ironing if folded straight from the dryer. The hand towels / kitchen towels benefit from a quick iron.
Hammam beach and bath towels and Hammam style hand towels will get better and more absorbent with every wash and feel softer the more they are used. We recommend washing once before the first use.
Laundering Your Linen Bedding
Tolly McRae linen is pre-washed so shouldn’t shrink a great deal, but our technical guys tell us that slight shrinkage post wash is normal. Wash on a standard warm setting. Keep at 40C or below for colours. Do not boil wash. Use a gentle detergent. No bleach. No chlorine. No other harsh chemicals. Adding a drop of white vinegar (yes vinegar) to the wash helps with linen softness by preventing detergent and lime build up. Linen needs lots of space to thrash around in the machine so do not overload. Washing in an overloaded machine can also cause the fabric colour to become streaked and there’s only one thing we like streaky in the morning and it’s not our bed linen (...the bacon!!!). If you tumble your linen bedding, do so on a low heat and remove when damp. Do not allow your linen to become over dry. This makes it brittle and hard to iron. Reshape and smooth while damp. We think the laidback linen is fabulous, giving you an air of ‘I’ve-got-much-better-things-to-do-than-slave-over-a-hot-iron chic’ – but if rumples aren’t for you, iron while slightly damp on the reverse side. Do not iron when very damp or wet, as this will cause scorching.