Proper care of linen is easier than many think. Your linen tablecloths, napkins and even clothes can be washed in a washing machine on the cool water setting. Do not use bleach or whitening agents unless you have a stubborn stain as bleach will weaken fabric over time. The more you wash your linen items, the softer they will become over time. I consider my tablecloths wash-and-wear and have even used them as a picnic blanket on our lakefront deck and grassy areas.