Linen Care Guide

Let’s just start by saying that caring for linen items is simple and rather straightforward. High quality linen fabric is sturdy and durable on its own so you won’t have to slave away tending to its whims. However, if you want to make the most of your linen items, here are some basic rules you should follow.


How to wash linen
Linen items can be both hand washed and machine washed - either of these methods are fine and won’t stretch or shrink your linens.


Machine wash
1. Separate white, dark, and colored linens. For best results, wash separately from other fabrics.
2. Wash in cool/lukewarm water. 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. Fill a small container (bucket or sink) with cool/lukewarm water and add about a teaspoon of mild detergent.
2. Submerge the linen garment in water and let it soak for about 10 minutes.
3. Gently swish the item around. Don’t wring, twist or scrub as it can stretch the fabric.
4. Drain the soapy water and rinse repeatedly until the soapy residue is all gone. Hang to dry.

Removing stains from linen
The main rule of getting stains out of linen is doing it as soon as they develop. If you let dirt, oil, grease, and other stains sit, they will absorb deep into the fiber making removal a difficult and annoying task. If you have a minor spot, try soaking it in a water-detergent solution or washing it with club soda. If that doesn’t help, you can put some dish soap and gently massage it until the dirt comes out, then wash it as you usually would. Some stains are trickier and might come off by sprinkling baking soda and a few drops of vinegar on the fabric, then blotting it with a paper towel to soak up the moisture.

Drying linen
Drying your linens is a method of your own choice, but let us run through the basics. Pre-washed linen items can be easily machine (tumble) dried on low heat. Remove from the dryer when they’re still slightly damp and hang or lie flat to finish the process. Air drying is another great option that saves on electricity and adds softness to the linen items. Line-dry your items or dry them flat on a white towel.

 

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.