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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.

Washing

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:

• Separate white, dark, and colored linens. For best results, wash linen separately from other fabrics.
• Wash in lukewarm water (<40°C/104°F). Linen can be washed at high temperatures, but it may cause shrinkage of up to 10% and weaken the fibers.
• Use the gentle machine cycle.
• Use mild detergent formulated for delicate fabrics. Don't use bleach or detergent with optical brighteners.
• Do not overload your washing machine.
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For hand washing linen:

• Fill a small tub, sink or bucket with lukewarm water and add about a teaspoon of mild detergent.
• Submerge the linen garment in the water and let it soak for about 10 minutes.
• Gently swish the item around. Don’t wring, twist or scrub as it can stretch the fabric.
• Drain the soapy water, rinse the sink and refill it with cool water.
• Rinse the garments repeatedly until the soapy residue is all gone.
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Drying

Drying your linens is a method of your own choice, but let us run through the basics.

• Pre-washed linen items can be easily machine (tumble) dried on low heat. Remove from the dryer when they’re still slightly damp and hang or lie flat to finish the process.
• Air drying is another great option that saves on electricity and adds softness to the linen items. Line-dry your items or dry them flat on a white towel.

 

Related questions

Dry-cleaning linen

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.

Bleaching linen

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.

Softening linen

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.

Ironing linen

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.

Storing linen

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.

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