Linen, with its natural and noble qualities, is quite easy to care for. In fact, washing it can actually improve its texture by softening the fibers. Regularly washed linen becomes smoother over time. So, how can you properly clean and care for linen? Here are some tips for stain removal, washing, drying, and ironing.
1. Remove any stainsIn case of a stain, it is always advisable to wash your linen promptly. Before putting it in the washing machine, gently rub the stained area with a cloth soaked in Marseille soap or warm vinegar. Lemon can also be used to remove stains, such as those from red fruits. However, avoid using bleach as it can damage the fibers and cause discoloration.
Keep in mind that a stain is never irreversible on linen garments, but it is important to treat it before washing.
- Red wine: rub with sparkling water or white wine
- Fat: lather with dishwashing liquid and leave overnight
- Blood: rinse thoroughly with cold water
- Grass: for white laundry, rub with a cloth soaked in lemon juice
2. Washing linen in the washing machine
High-quality linen fabric can be washed in the washing machine at up to 60°C. Linenshed's 100% pure linen products can be safely washed at this temperature. Lower quality linen fabrics should not be washed at more than 40°C.
When selecting laundry products, avoid chlorine-based detergents and opt for natural or mild laundry soaps. Always separate light and dark colors, and avoid mixing pure linen with polyester fabrics, as the lint from polyester can cling to the natural fibers, affecting the color and softness of the linen.
3. Machine or air drying
Tumble drying is suitable for linen, as it leaves the fabric softer. Alternatively, linen can also be air-dried, as it dries quickly compared to other natural materials.
4. Ironing Linen Fabrics: Tips and Tricks
One of the great advantages of linen is that it doesn't require ironing! Its characteristic slight wrinkles are part of its charm. Ironing washed linen would be counterproductive, especially if it has been treated to achieve that expertly crumpled texture. If you must iron your linen, always do so on the wrong side of the fabric and ensure it is slightly damp.
- Use a hot iron (200°C)
- Never iron dry: the garment should be slightly damp
- Iron linen on the reverse side to avoid creases
- Use starch to aid in ironing