Ribbed Matelasse Bedding
How to handle washing/drying LE Matelasse
I have this bed cover (& shams) in 2 colors (blue & tan) along with the shams. Once upon a time, LE's Matelasse could be thrown in the dryer without concern. Those days are gone OR "that ship has sailed"... BUT... I still am hooked. I love LE's Matelasse. (I will not admit how many of these I own - but it could probably get me admitted to some crazy 12-step program!) I seem to have a different problem - too much lining compared to the cover itself. I like it well enough I'll put up with the mess. (the lining does not show when it is on the bed, so I'll get over it - right?)
Anyhow, for those who talk about drying it... here's how I handle it - your mileage may vary. I have an older frontloader (Frigidaire brand) which is NOT the "wash 17 towels" size, it's a lot smaller. It *is* big enough it can handle the queen size bedcover without problems. I wash it on cold. NOW... here's the trick... NOT having a back yard, or a clothesline... and it's a bit heavy (when wet) to hang over the shower rod... I fold it in half... and then place it over an ironing board. I have a regular ironing board... I make it as tall as possible. when folded in half, the spread does NOT touch the floor. If the day is humid, or I want to dry it a bit quickly, I'll put a fan near it, and it dries rather quickly. (Play around with the fan, aim it correctly and you can maximize the airflow... ;-) Please note, I do NOT live in an area with low humidity. If I smooth it out carefully, then it tends to have fewer wrinkles.
April 12, 2013
Beautiful but Difficult to Wash
I gave this coverlet four stars because I like it so much. but I dreaded the day when it would have to be washed. I have it in white and after a while the top edge turned gray from being handled. I do not have a commercial washer so I took it to the best dry cleaner in town. When it came back the grimy part was dark brown. I sent it back again and they had it for over a week. they had to hand wash and line dry it and there are still some marks on it. I wish for what I had paid that Lands End had stuck to their usual fine quality and made sure it was not so difficult to take care of. After all this trouble i would be better off buying a new one.
February 8, 2013
Easy fix: cut the liner out.
I've ordered a couple sets. As everyone has said, they shrink. For the price, no big deal. Cut the liner out. I did. Didn't hurt the coverlet and you can't tell it's gone.
December 23, 2012
Bedskirt is great
This review applies to the bedskirt only, as that is the only piece I ordered. Laundered well--I put it in the dryer on low, I do think there was some shrinkage, but not too much. And it didn't wrinkle too badly, either. I think some wrinkles are expected with this fabric. It does take quite a long time to dry, and consequently I don't think I would want this fabric for a comforter cover or other item that would need frequent laundering, but it is fantastic for a bedskirt. Adds some nice texture to the bed.
I tried several other bedskirts from a local chain store, and they were terrible--the drop was so short it didn't come anywhere near reaching the floor, and the fabric so thin you could see the frame legs through it, which sort of defeats the purpose of a bedskirt, doesn't it? I was so pleased to find this one. The skirt is very well made--even the fabric that goes under the mattress is a better quality than with other bedskirts I looked at. The pleats are very neat, and overall it just looks great. Another great LE bedding purchase!
July 18, 2012
I ordered 2 King-sized bed covers for 2 Queen-sized beds as I am aware that these covers always shrink. They smelled kind of musty and so I washed them both per the instructions. I washed them in cold water in a commericial washer and, despite the weight, I lined dried them. Needless to say, they took some time to dry, but I stuck with it. The lining shrunk so badly that the top layer puckered and they now do not lie flat...they look terrible, although when first taken out of the packaging they looked really pretty. I thought I had resolved the shrinking issue with these products by buying the larger size, but this product is lined and it never occurred to me that the lining would shrink a lot more then the top part. I would not recommend buying this product unless you never plan to wash it. It is also very "linty" and creates a lot of dusty lint particles...another reason to wash them/it. Before selling these products, Land's End should definitely wash them a few times. Very disappointing. They are big and heavy and it's quite a problem having to fold and take them back for reimbursement. A lot of extra work.
July 8, 2012
Beautiful but totally impractical.
I ordered a swatch - and then the bed cover plus two shams because the swatch looked great. The bed cover has a cotton backing....and the instructions are:"Use front load commercial washer & dryer. Machine wash cold normal. Line dry". Those directions are contradictory and who can line dry a 15 pound wet queen-size coverlet?!. Needless to say, I put it in my dryer on low - and it shrank and the backing is now overlapping the fabric on the front. The quality of the cotton and the manufacturing is wonderful - however, since this I my main bed 'dressing' - it has to withstand a weekly laundering. [The shams without the backing are fine.] I'm pretty sure the coverlet will eventually shrink into oblivion. I own Lands' End paisley matelasse in 2 colors -and they have performed beautifully for over 3 years. I will be returning this to my local Sears store - thankfully, Lands' End has a terrific return policy and I will always order bedding from them. Hopefully - they'll bring back the paisley!
May 22, 2011