How to care for your Linen
Linen is a comfortable, breathable material to wear in any weather. Read on and we’ll show you how to keep your favourite linen garments in great condition with this care guide below.
Light and airy when its hot outside and cosy to wear when the weather is getting cooler, linen is a material that’s gorgeous to wear all year round. But just how exactly do you keep your linen clean and also minimise the risk of shrinkage and wrinkles? It’s really quite simple so just read on.
- One tip to reduce creases is by drying wet garments on clothes hangers, and then folding or ironing them when still slightly damp - DO NOT DRY YOUR LINEN IN DIRECT SUNLIGHT as this will fade the colours.
- Another is to lightly mist your linen with a water spray bottle before putting on and your body heat will reduce the tough wrinkles and give you that lived in European look we love so much.
- The third most important tip we like to tell our customers is the best and most important; “Embrace the wrinkles, they look great on you”
We use the Washing Machine
Linen is a breathable fabric made from natural flax fibres… sometimes we combine it with cotton to produce our garments. The same care methods apply to both our 100% linen and our linen cotton combo’s.
Like any natural fabric, linen has the potential to get damaged in your washing machine, to avoid shrinking and creating wrinkles, you should;
- Wash our linen gauze garments in a lingerie bag.
- Our hand dyed garments are colour fast but please for the first wash, wash separately as sometimes dye residue is still in the seams and this way you will avoid discolouring other garments.
- Wash our linen garments separately from your regular clothes, giving them lots of space to move around in the machine. If you cram in too many clothes at once you will increase the likelihood of creasing.
- Wash linen on a medium to cool water cycle. Check the care label of your linen garment to find out the maximum water temperature recommended.
- Use a good quality detergent for stain removal. Always check the safety and usage instructions on the label and test products on a discreet part of clothing before using on the entire garment.
- Choose a gentle cycle, such as one designed for wool. Gentle cycles usually include a soak at the beginning followed by a short wash to minimise agitation in the drum (which can lead to shrinkage).
- Hang to dry immediately. If linen is left to sit in the machine it’s more likely to get creased. Avoid using the dryer as this will set wrinkles in place and may even shrink the fabric.