Caring for Linen

  1. Washing:

    • Machine wash linen items in cold or lukewarm water. Avoid hot water, as it can cause shrinkage and weaken the fabric.
    • Use a gentle cycle to minimize agitation and preserve the fabric's texture.
    • Wash similar colors together to prevent color bleeding or fading.
    • Use a mild detergent specifically designed for delicate fabrics or one suitable for linen.
    • If there are stains, treat them promptly using a stain remover or by pre-soaking the affected area before washing.
  2. Drying:

    • After washing, shake out linen items to remove wrinkles and lay them flat or hang them to air dry.
    • For a natural look and feel, hang the linen item to dry until it is almost dry, then throw it in the dryer with no heat for the final dry. 
    • If you prefer tumble drying, use a low heat setting and remove the items while they are still slightly damp to minimize wrinkles.
    • Avoid over-drying linen, as it can make the fabric stiff and more prone to wrinkles.
    • If necessary, lightly iron linen while it is still slightly damp or use a steam iron. Ironing when the fabric is completely dry may require a bit of moisture spritzing.
  3. Ironing:

    • Linen has a charming natural texture, and some people prefer the slightly wrinkled look. However, if you want a crisper appearance, ironing is recommended.
    • Set the iron to the linen setting or a medium-high heat level.
    • Iron linen items when they are still slightly damp or use a steam iron to ease out wrinkles effectively.
    • Iron on the reverse side of the fabric or use a pressing cloth to protect the linen fibers from direct heat.
  4. Storing:

    • Ensure your linen items are completely dry before storing to prevent mildew or musty odors.
    • Fold linen sheets, napkins, and garments neatly to minimize wrinkles and creases.
    • Store them in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight to prevent color fading.
    • Avoid storing linen items in plastic bags or airtight containers, as they need proper air circulation to maintain freshness.
  5. Additional Tips:

    • Linen becomes softer and more absorbent with each wash. 
    • Avoid using bleach or harsh chemicals on linen items, as they can weaken the fibers and cause discoloration.
    • Check for any special care instructions for delicate trims, embroidery, or linen blends, and follow them accordingly.
    • If unsure about a specific item, it's always best to seek professional advice.