How to Take Care of Linen

How to Take Care of Linen

Soft, durable, temperature regulating… these are all reasons to love linen. This unique fabric is woven into clothing, table runners, window treatments, home accessories, bedding, and so much more. Its elegant, yet effortless vibe and long list of benefits make it a coveted material.

While it might seem too good to be true, linen is actually very easy to care for. After all, it’s been used for thousands of years—long before the days of dry cleaning and modern-day washing machines and detergents. Linen is made to last, but there are several things you can do to extend its longevity even more. 

An Heirloom to Pass Down from Generation to Generation

At Linen Shoppe, we believe linen is more than just a fabric, it’s a powerful conduit that brings people together. When cared for properly, linen is an heirloom that preserves moments of connection and years of memories.

Below is a quick guide to preserving the beauty and comfort of your linens. The process is as simple as washing, drying, and proper storage—but there are a few important things to keep in mind at each step.

Keeping your linens fresh and clean is essential. Luckily, linen becomes softer and cozier with every wash. Here are some tips: 

Washing

  • To keep your linens in the best condition, wash every 1-2 weeks.
  • Machine wash on cold using the gentle cycle. For best results, ensure the water temperature is below 30°C/86°F.
  • Avoid washing your linens with other bulky items such as towels or denim.
  • Do not use chlorine bleach, as it weakens the fibers and will cause the fabric to discolor.
  • When washing duvet covers, ensure they’re buttoned up to prevent them from getting twisted in the wash. 
  • Linens can be dry cleaned if you prefer this over washing and drying at home.

For stains: Accidents happen! To remove stains from your linen, it’s best to take the natural approach. Here are a few options: 

  • Distilled white vinegar: Add one cup of distilled white vinegar to the final rinse of your linens. This is great for lifting stains or whitening and brightening the fabric when it needs a refresh.
  • Baking soda: This is a great option for removing stains and fighting odor. Mix 4 tablespoons of baking soda with ¼ cup of water, and apply the paste to any stained areas before washing.
  • Table salt: Plain table salt is a great option for lightly scrubbing stains to lift them from material. Simply sprinkle it on the area that’s stained, and gently brush it away before washing the item.

Drying 

The way you dry your linens is just as important as washing. Drying your linens correctly will help to ensure they stay fluffy and soft.

  • Our bedding is pre-washed, so it’s safe to put in the dryer and is less susceptible to shrinking. Just ensure to tumble dry on low heat.
  • To speed up drying time and keep your linens extra plush, dry with our 100% New Zealand Wool Dryer Balls.
  • If you prefer, linens can also be hung outside in the shade to dry. Linen is highly absorbent and moisture-wicking, so it will dry very quickly.

Note: Due to its unique texture, linen has some wrinkles when dry. These can be smoothed over in the dryer, but keep in mind wrinkling is natural. It’s part of the charm of linen, so it’s meant to be embraced!

Storage

Once your linens are clean, you’ll want to ensure they’re stored correctly.

  • Wait until items are fully dry before storing in order to avoid mildew.
  • Fold your linens and place them in a linen bag or pillowcase to keep them protected.
  • 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. This will help to preserve their quality.

Quick tip: To keep your linens smelling fresh, add a spritz or two of our Room & Linen Spray.

As you can see, caring for linen is quite a simple process. However, it’s crucial to follow these steps to keep your items in pristine condition. It makes the investment worthwhile! 

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