Linen Care Guide
Let’s just start by saying that caring for linen items is simple and rather straightforward — high-quality linen fabric is sturdy and durable on its own so you won’t have to slave away tending to its whims. However, if you want to make the most of your linen items, here are some basic rules you should follow.
Linen items can be both hand washed and machine washed — either of these methods are fine and won’t stretch or shrink your linens. If you do experience damage during wash, it may be related to the quality of the fabric or chemicals involved.
For machine washing linen:
For hand washing linen:
Drying your linens is a method of your own choice, but let us run through the basics.
Unless the label clearly states that an item should be dry-cleaned, you do not need to worry about bringing it to the dry cleaners. Dry cleaning is mostly required for more structured garments such as linen jackets, suits, and hemstitched items in order to preserve their shape.
Not the best idea. Bleach and detergents with optical brighteners tend to weaken the fibers and may cause discoloration. If you’re dealing with a stain, we recommend soaking it in a detergent and water solution and laundering as usual.
Linen naturally gets softer with every wash, and stone washed linen should already be at its maximum softness. Fabric softeners (liquid or dryer sheets) can weaken the fibers and coat them reducing their absorbency and moisture-wicking properties.
Natural fibers like linen will wrinkle, crumple and crease, you just have to accept it. However, if you really want an item pressed, use a medium-hot iron on the fabric while it’s still damp or overlay it with a damp towel.
Make sure your linens are completely dry to avoid mildew. Natural fibers like linen need to breathe, so it’s best to store them in cool, dry, well-ventilated areas and away from direct sunlight. Avoid storing linen is plastic bags — choose linen bags or reuse old pillowcases for that.
When it comes to bed linens, we recommend using three sets in rotation: one on the bed, one in the closet, and one in the wash. This will allow each set to rest from wash to wash and prolong the lifespan of your linens.