Today, most manufacturers of linen garments and other linen items, especially interior furnishings,
recommend dry cleaning. Why, if linen is a natural-fiber fabric and can be washed? Through the ages
people have washed linen in streams and boiled linen in pots to get it clean. To dry it, they simply spread
the linen out to dry in the sun.
The underlying reason is not the linen, rather the dyes, finishes, interfacing, lining, buttons, trim and
even the thread that may be used in construction, of garments especially. Undyed sanitorized linen
launders beautifully, but few things are fashioned out of undyed linen. The added treatments and
additions to the fabric complicate the cleaning process. If dry cleaning is the method of cleaning used, it
is important to point out spots so the dry cleaner can pretreat the stain correctly.
If dry cleaning is recommended, choose a dry cleaner who does work on the premises. Ask whether
solvents are regularly changed. If white linens turn gray or yellow, it may be an indication that the solvents
need to be replaced.
Probably the most quoted reason for choosing dry cleaning over laundering is that it is easier, and
less time-consuming. The decision rests with the consumer if the manufacturer's care label offers the
choice of laundering or dry cleaning.
About Ulster Linen Co., Inc.
The Ulster Linen Co., Inc. of New York is noted for being the most reliable source of Fine European Linens in the US. Our roots go
back to an Irish mill called The Ulster Weaving Co., Ltd. which was started over 150 years ago by John Sloan Larmor from a small
weaving division of the Ulster Spinning Co., Ltd. William Hogg Larmor, youngest son of John Sloan Larmor came to the United States
and started the present New York importing company in 1933, then also called the Ulster Weaving Co., Ltd. Both the Belfast and New
York companies recently changed their names to better reflect their corporate purpose and independence.
Our reputation for quick, courteous service and high quality products is well known. Ulster's longevity (oldest US Linen Company of
its kind, still active) is the result of placing the customer's needs first and carrying ample stock of basic linens for swift
delivery. Please review our product line and contact us when you need quality linen. You may select from linen by the yard or