This is tightly woven linen that is part rayon.
Part of the attraction of linen is it’s earthy character which comes from the variation of fibers and its accompanying slubs and knots. Think of them her beauty marks.
If your linen goody is a Christmas tree skirt, Christmas stocking or bag with chalk cloth label, do NOT subject her to a full immersion bath, but spot cleaning with a mild detergent if needed is fine. If yours is a linen table runner, yes, machine washing is encouraged. Any water temp is fine, but use gentle cycle. She will quickly soften and pull along the edges as shown in the last two photos when you ordered her. We’re calling it planned “Aged Edging”.
And she loves a hot steam and pressing if you desire!
Chalk Cloth Care & Instructions
Chalk cloth, just like chalk boards and chalkboard paint, requires “seasoning” prior to use. Your initial seasoning has been done. However, to minimize any shadowing that could be left behind by chalk or Chalk Markers, you may want to season again prior to use and certainly between uses. Also, wipe the chalk cloth clean when not in use. The longer the message sits on the chalk cloth, the greater the chance of a stubborn ghost image. Use a soft, damp cloth to wipe away your message.
To season chalk cloth, simply lay a piece of chalk on it side and rub in all directions, wipe clean and you are ready to go.
Please be aware that the scrapbooking industry has recently introduced a number of products with chalk in the title. They are NOT chalk, just made to look like chalk, and often times permanent. Check the labels carefully.
Do NOT let a hot iron touch the chalk cloth. If needed, a burst of steam on the backside from a bit of distance followed by a heavy book can be used.