How To: Take Care of Linen

Taking care of your linen is far easier than you think. There has been is a misconception that linen is hard to take care of but nothing could be further from the truth, which is why we wanted to demystify this a little for you.

Linen is a gorgeous natural fabric. It is super comfortable to wear during warm weather months. The fibre’s have properties that wick moisture away from your body, which gives the fabric its characteristically cool, airy feeling. This is one fabric that actually looks better as it ages and softens to that perfect 'lived in' relaxed and sophisticated look that we love so much.

  • Linen does not like to be dry-cleaned. Dry cleaning chemicals are too harsh on the natural fibres and can tend to weaken the fibres. White linen tends to also yellow off if it is dry cleaned.
  • Linen can be hand washed or put into the delicate cycle of your machine. We prefer hand washing ourselves.
  • Use cold or lukewarm water. Never use hot water as linen, being a natural fibre does tend to shrink.
  • If dealing with stains be very careful and spot test fabric before using any commercial stain removal product as it may discolour the fabric. We trust and use simple Sard Wonder soap to remove even the most stubborn stains. (Use a dabbing motion as opposed to a rubbing motion when approaching the stain.)
  • We like to use a liquid washing soap and recommend Kindness Wool wash or Martha Gardener wool wash. Both these detergents are very delicate and PH balanced so they work really well with linen and other delicates. They are easily available at your local supermarket.
  • Always wash linen inside out.
  • Never tumble dry linen.
  • To dry linen press excess water out using two towels and then dry flat. If hanging always hang inside out. Avoid hanging or drying in direct sunlight as this can bleach the colour
  • The choice of whether to iron your linen clothes is exactly that — a choice. Making that choice or not really depends on the individual garment and how you plan to wear it. You probably won't want to iron a slouchy linen top, but perhaps you'll want a crisper look when it comes to a more tailored linen shirt that you plan to wear to the office, or a linen dress worn at a wedding or other dressy occasion. We love the inherent natural creases and crumples – they are what give linen its drapey, relaxed, soft feel. But if you love ironing, or have an item that really needs pressing, iron while the fabric is still damp. Use a medium-hot iron on the steam setting. White linen is better ironed on both sides, whilst dark linen should be pressed only on the reverse side to avoid bruising.



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