Wednesday, January 2, 2013

The Interiors Insider - Winter Whites Edition

Happy 2013, everyone!
I couldn't think of a better idea than to start off the year with a new series for our blog.
The Interiors Insider will be your chance to learn great interior design tips, from a certified interior designer, for free! Our very own Lori Madrid, owner of Lavender Fields, will be offering her wonderful expertise to you, so your home can be even more charming and beautiful.
This week Lori is sharing great information about the mystery behind keeping your whites, well... white! Pull out your notebook, grab a pen, and take notes - this information will have all of your guests wondering how you get your whites looking brand new.

But before we equip you with this new advice, I had to share a bundle of my favorite white products from the store. There are plenty more on our website but here's just a few of my favorites from our bedding selection. Hope you enjoy!

1. Abigail Cream Sham | 2. Louisa White Duvet | 3. Belgian Linen Sheet Set | 4. Louisa White Bedding Set 5. Balmoral Sheet Set | 6. Ruched Platinum Duvet Cover | 7. Bella Notte Linen Duvet | 8. Linen Voile Bedskirt  9. Bella Notte Crochet Lace Duvet | 10. Elisa White Duvet | 11. Juliet White Duvet Cover | 12. Curtain Panel with Ruffle | 13. Crib Dust Ruffle| 14. Hampton Duvet | 15. Petite Ruffle White Pillowcases

Interiors Insider - Winter Whites
How to Keep Whites White:
"I love my white bedding and linens and work hard on keeping them white. These tips will help you keep your whites white.
Wash whites separately. The best way to launder white items is together and in the hottest water the fabric will tolerate (water that is at least 120 degrees is most effective at removing soil). Choose detergent with a bleach alternative and/or enzymes, using the maximum amount recommended.
You can increase the cleaning power of a detergent by adding a booster, such as borax, oxygen bleach, or washing soda to help maintain whiteness. Before washing, soak heavily soiled items using an enzyme detergent or oxygen bleach, and launder them separately.
To remove perspiration and other greasy stains, pre-treat with liquid detergent, dish-washing liquid, or colorless shampoo . Gently rub the liquid into the fabric using a clean toothbrush.
Tackle colored stains. Address food spills, such as coffee or juice, and underarm yellowing, which is residue from antiperspirant or deodorant, by applying undiluted liquid oxygen bleach directly to the fabric immediately before laundering.
Use a color remover. Once a month or when your whites become dull, wash them with a color remover. Alternatively, soak items in boiling water and oxygen bleach in a basin (this is suitable only for fabrics that won't shrink). You may have to experiment to determine which technique whitens best."

Call me crazy, but now I'm excited to do laundry - how about you? :) I've always struggled with stubborn whites that lose their sparkle. I'm eager to try these out for myself. Thanks so much for sharing your tips with us, Lori!

That's all for today, friends! I'm off to wash my bedding, so it's as white as the beautiful snow outside. We hope you enjoyed this new series; keep your eyes peeled for a new edition. You never know what kind of interior design tip Lori may share. As always, thank you for reading!

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