Linen is a wonderful natural material with simple and straightforward care. You do not need to have some specific knowledge or tools to break through it. Linen possesses an interesting quality which is the less you take care of it, the better it becomes. However, if you want to make the most of your linen items, some basic rules you need to follow.
How to wash linen material
Linen material can be washed by hands and machines. Both methods are fine and they won’t cause any stretching or shrinking.
- Use a small container like a bucket or sink.
- Do not mix materials with different colors. Separate whites, blacks, and colors.
- Use lukewarm water (30°C) and approximately one teaspoon of mild detergent.
- Soak your linen for about 10-15 minutes.
- Gently wash with your hands. DO NOT twist the fabric or scrub it, as it can get damaged.
- Drain the soapy water and rinse. Repeat until all soapy water disappears.
- Hang to dry.
- Put your linen items separately – lights and darks in different batches.
- Load as a half load and use the gentle machine cycle.
- Wash in lukewarm water (30°C) to avoid shrinkage or weakness.
- Use a gentle detergent. (DON’T BLEACH)
- Hang out your linen to air-dry.
Can linen be bleached
We do not recommend it. Bleaching tends to weaken the linen fabric and reduces its longevity. Moreover, bleaching colored linen fabric cause optical brighteners. If you want to use bleach to remove stains please follow the top below “ how to remove stains from linen”.
How to remove stains from linen
The most important rule when removing stains from linen is acting quickly. Try to remove the stains as soon as you notice them. If you let it stay for a long time, it will get absorbed deeper in the fibers and will make stain removal more difficult.
Garments with minor spots need to be soaked in warm water using a small amount of detergent. Some marks and spots can be tricky and difficult to remove. In this case, we recommend using some dish soap, baking soda, and/or a few drops of vinegar.
How to dry linen
You can dry your linen by putting it in a dryer but this option is not recommended because it could shorten the lifespan of linen products. Also, linen tends to shrink when too much heat is applied. If you decide to dry your linen using a machine (tumble dry), make sure to set it up on low heat.
Of course, the other option is to just let it dry naturally by hanging the clothing outside, in front of the sun. If circumstances allow you to do so, then by all means do it. It's the most natural and best drying method that will save you cost, energy and will drastically increase the longevity of your linen garments.
How to iron linen
We encourage you to embrace linen’s natural wrinkles. We do not suggest that you iron your garment, but if this is your preference, we recommend ironing it inside-out on a medium-high setting. Garments may also be steamed in a moderate setting.
How to soften linen
Linen gets better and softer with age. All products are pre-washed and softened but if you want to soften it more, try washing it a few times. After washing, it should become softer and more comfortable to wear.