Tips on how to wash linens:
- Regular washing is actually good for pure linen, softening and beautifying it and giving it a lovely “lived-in” look. In fact, linen fabric resists dirt more easily than other textiles and if rinsed thoroughly it comes up just as new every time.
- White pure linen items without special finishes, such as a hemstitched borders, can be laundered at temperatures of up to 95 C. We normally recommend using a 60 C setting, as a higher temperatures tend to wear linen out faster.
- Before Washing always separate dark colored linens from white or off-white linens.
- You can use stain remover on stains before laundering, but avoid using bleach since it weakens the fibers and may effect the color of dyed linens. Also be careful when using conventional washing powders as they contain bleaching particles, the use of these powders can also make natural linen colors fade.
- Try to rinse or soak any stains immediately, when still fresh, and use natural stain soaps if needed. 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 garments, table linens and bed linens normally do not need pre-washing. However, if you are washing a linen item for the first time, it can be soaked briefly in lukewarm water before to avoid creasing.
- A conventional machine wash and fast spin is recommended. Use a hot iron while the linens are still damp if you want to press your linens.
- Linen has a distinctive crispness which you should be able to achieve with a hot iron – no need to starch. However if you want extra stiffness, table linens can be starched after a wash to achieve that extra crisp finish.
- Wash linen items separately from other materials, especially during the first wash, as natural fibers tend to lose lint, which you don’t want to end up on your linen items.
Does linen shrink?
- One of the benefits of linen products is how easy they are to care for. But like most fabrics, you should allow for a small amount of shrinkage after a first wash. As well as water temperature, major factor affecting shrinking is the way you dry your linen. Most linen products are machine washable, and because linen is so quick to dry, there is usually no need to tumble dry. Simply straighten out the item and hang outdoors or inside on a drying rack for soft, flexible linens. Some items can be tumble dried, we don’t recommend this as it leaves permanent creasing and will shorten the lifespan of your garment. It also increases shrinkage from around 4 to 5 percent if dried naturally to 10 to 15 percent if spun in a hot tumble dryer.
- Fine hand-hemstitched items require extra care. If washed in a washing machine, we recommend using a low temperature and low-spinning cycle. Never tremble dry fine hemstitched linens. Dry cleaning can be a good idea for delicate textiles.
- And last but not least, always follow the manufacturer’s care instructions on the label attached to the linen items. They are there for a reason!