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 linenLinen items can be both hand washed and machine washed – either of these methods are fine and won’t stretch or shrink your linens. If you do experience damage during wash, it may be related to the quality of the fabric or chemicals involved.
- Separate white, dark, and colored linens. For best results, wash separately from other fabrics.
- Wash in lukewarm water (<40°C/104°F). High temperatures may cause shrinkage of up to 10% and weaken the linen fiber.
- Use the gentle machine cycle and don’t overload your washing machine
- Use mild detergent formulated for delicate fabrics. Don’t bleach.
- Fill a small container (bucket or sink) with lukewarm water and add about a teaspoon of mild detergent.
- Submerge the linen garment in lukewarm water and let it soak for about 10 minutes.
- Gently swish the item around. Don’t wring, twist or scrub as it can stretch the fabric.
- Drain the soapy water and rinse repeatedly until the soapy residue is all gone. Hang to dry.