How To Wash Linen Garments To Make Them Last
In this blog post we are talking about how to gently hand wash, machine wash and spot clean your linen garments to extend their life. By taking a little extra care with your specials it means they will have a longer life, keep their colors longer and never loose their shape.
Made from the fibres of the flax plant, linen has been cultivated and used as a textile for thousands of years. It is such a natural, simple fabric that caring for it is simple too.
If you choose to hand wash your linen garments, do so in cool or warm water, never hot or cold. Add detergent and soak the linen items in the water for 15-20 minutes, rinse in cool clean water.
Don’t scrunch or wring out the clothing because that could cause permanent wrinkling or stretching. Lay flat or hang to dry for the same reason.
Linen becomes softer and more absorbent after each wash, which is pretty neat. Wash linen on low temperatures on gentle cycle in lukewarm or cold, and preferably soft, water. Use the gentle machine cycle and a mild detergent to protect the fibres. Avoid using bleach since it weakens the fibres and may affect the color of dyed linens.
Wash linen articles separately from other materials, especially during the first wash, as natural fibres tend to lose lint (or ‘nap’), which you don’t want to end up on your other items.
We suggest hang or lay flat drying your linen garments instead of using a dryer. It is an environmentally friendly way to dry your clothes and it helps to prevent wrinkles. If you opt to use a dryer it should be done on a low setting.
Whether it’s a tablecloth, bed sheet or linen clothes, spot cleaning is the easiest way to keep these items clean and lasting a long time.
You don't have to wash your entire garment because of a single stain. Instead you can follow these easy steps to remove stains.
Sprinkle baking soda on the stain and add a few drops at a time of vinegar. Blot the stain with a paper towel to soak up the moisture. Lemon juice will help whiten any dingy materials. Squeeze some juice onto a stain or discolored linen item and let it sit until you see it begin to lighten, and then rinse it out.
You can also buy a stain treatment to apply to the stain, but natural products that you already have around your home generally work just as well.
Cover red wine stains with sugar or salt instantly to avoid permanent staining. Sugar and salt are well-known for absorbing the moisture. Just wipe the sugar off the tablecloth straight away and it should take the worst of the wine stain with it.
Linen fabric resists dirt more easily than other textiles, and if rinsed thoroughly it comes up just as new every time.
Lay flat/hang dry linen clothes to prevent wrinkles.
At least five or ten minutes before ironing linen clothes, give them a good spritz with plain cool water. Pay particular attention to shirt collars, cuffs, pocket flaps, and button plackets. Roll the garment loosely and let the moisture penetrate the linen fibers.
Set the steam iron on the cotton/linen setting or high heat. Press linen clothes on the wrong side or use a pressing cloth to prevent shiny spots. This is particularly important with darker colors.
When ironing is complete, hang the garment in an uncrowded space to dry completely. Wait at least ten to fifteen minutes before putting on the freshly ironed piece to allow the fibers to cool and relax.
Linen clothes are the most durable, long lasting and easy to wear. Shop our new linen arrivals here.