How to keep linen from wrinkling?
More often than not there can be just a slight divide between those who appreciate a few wrinkles on their linen and those who simply can’t stand it. In our eyes, wrinkles suit linen pretty well as they add character and gorgeous texture to items such as linen bedding, linen throws and of course table linen.
Besides the bad rep that linen might sometimes receive it is very easy to care for once you learn the basics.
One thing we can tell you right away is that you do not need to fuss with running to the dry cleaners every time you wear linen clothes or have guest over for dinner. Linen doesn’t need to be dry cleaned it is durable enough to withstand your washing machine. This will not only save you time but also money over time. Just remember to wash your linen at 104F/40C and you shouldn't see any damage.
Before washing your linen there are a few steps to take to ensure as little wrinkling as possible.
- Make sure to untangle items such as linen sheets and duvet covers when you load them into your washing machine
- Ensure not to overload your machine in the first place. An overloaded drum leads to lots of wrinkled clothes and sheets.
- Once the wash is finished it is best not to keep your clean linen in there for too long and get it out asap to prevent wrinkles from setting
EXPERT TIP: use a mild detergent and never ever bleach your linen (even white linen sheets).
Once you’ve washed your linen sheets and linen clothing you will need to take care of how you dry them to ensure you prevent unnecessary wrinkles. Good news is that linen dries super fast!
- Dry your linen by laying it flat on a towel
- Avoid drying on a hanger as this will stretch your linen and likely leave unnecessary dents
DID YOU KNOW: during summer you can simply spritz your linen dress with lukewarm water, flatten it down and it will quickly get rid of the unwanted dent or wrinkle. This can come in handy if you are short on time.
Once you’ve done all of the above your linen will already be looking a lot smoother but you might still want your linen shirt or dress to feel extra crisp. If that is the look you are after then you will need to reach for your iron. Just ensure that:
- Your linen is still damp when you iron it if completely dry then gently spritz it with some water
- Your iron should be set to medium heat
- Turn your garments inside out especially if they are darker, this will ensure that the color doesn’t start to fade over time
- Lastly use some spray starch on key areas such as knees, elbows and crotch. Or for linen bedding, you can spray it all over. This is a trick that most hotels use to get their linen sheets feeling extra crisp.
So as you can see it is not all that difficult to achieve the wrinkle-free linen look. Most importantly linen will adapt to your lifestyle and look great no matter how you decide to wear it.
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