Linen Care Guide | LinenSpells.com

Linen care guide

Linen products are easy to wash. They dry quickly, are strong, wear well and protect against UV rays. Depending on the composition of the raw material of the fabric, the structure of the yarn used, the product shrinks from 5% to 10% after washing, warp and weft.

Machine wash:

  1. Separate white, dark, and colored linens. For best results, wash separately from other fabrics.
  2. Wash in lukewarm water (<40°C/104°F). High temperatures may cause shrinkage of up to 10% and weaken the linen fiber.
  3. Use the gentle machine cycle and don’t overload your washing machine.
  4. Use mild detergent formulated for delicate fabrics. Don’t bleach.

Hand Wash:

  1. If you choose to hand wash your linens, combine lukewarm water and approximately one teaspoon of mild detergent in a sink (or other container large enough to hold your fabric).
  2. Soak your linen for about 10 minutes. Afterward, use your hands to gently move the fabric around in the container. Important note:DO NOT twist the fabric or scrub it, since this can damage the fibers in the fabric.
  3. Allow the water to drain and refill the sink. Continue this step until all of the detergent is removed.
  4. As mentioned above, do not use a water temperature any hotter than lukewarm, as this can damage the fibers.

Drying linen

Do not wring out linen before drying. Whatever drying method you choose – line drying, tumbler drying or lying out on a terry towel – make sure your linen articles are slightly damp before ironing. Overdrying is the most harmful process for fabrics as it weakens the fibers causing shrinkage and pilling. Over-dried items restore their natural moisture content after re-absorbing moisture from the air.

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, please refer to the steps mentioned above.

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) 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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