From mummies in ancient Egypt, to fashionable Italian women's wardrobes, to the infamous Irish linen used to wrap billiard tables, this high quality textile has made its appearance throughout history to your dining room table. However, linen's ever classic elegance has caused it to unfairly be given the reputation of high-maintainence. But they really can be simply thrown in the wash and treated just like any of your other cotton linens: Wash with like colors on warm or cool settings. Dry partially, or hang to dry. (Outside on a line is always pretty in summer) While linen is still very damp, iron with a hot iron. To prevent stains from setting, you'll need to launder right away. In case you don't have laundry in your building, or just don't feel like doing a load of wash, use this trick right after a dinner party in place of regular washing: throw all the napkins right in a pot of boiling water on the stove. Boil for at least 10 minutes; longer if necessary. I've removed even red wine stains this way if not left overnight!
After the stains are gone, iron your linens while they are still damp.