How to properly care for linen:
Linen can last for generations if cared for properly. In fact, what we love most about pure linen is that it actually becomes softer the more it is used and washed.
Selecting the appropriate washing agent is key to properly caring for linen. Many detergents today contain optical whitening agents, and while these can be used for white linens, they are not recommended for coloured linens as they are likely to result in discolouring and spotting.
Although linen has high abrasion resistance when wet it is still best to wash linen as gently as possible. Additionally, linen doesn't like to be twisted when wet so try to avoid wringing it out where possible. Linen can be tumble dried occasionally but in order to preserve its full beauty as well as the environment, it is always best to let it air dry naturally. A point of note is that while pure white linen can be dried in direct sunlight, this should be avoided for coloured linens in order to prevent colour fading. Read on for our recommended care instructions.
Caring for Linen:
- Unfold your linens completely before washing
- Wash with like colours especially when it comes to white linen.
- Avoid overloading the machine.
- Wash coloured linens at 30°C and white linens up to 60°C.
- Where possible, wash coloured linen on a gentle cycle.
- When washing coloured linens, check that your detergent does not have whitening agents or bleach as these will make the colours fade and or change.
- Pure soap or mild, biodegradable or natural detergents are best, especially in soft water. When linens are not heavily soiled, we suggest using only half of the recommended amount of detergent.
- Avoid using fabric softener, though this can be done if washing in hard water. Fabric softeners apply an artificial coat on the linen and prevent the fibres from breathing. Linen will feel stiff after it has first been washed, however, it will soften with every use.
- Never use chlorine bleaches as these will damage the fibre however you can use oxygen bleach or natural bleaching methods to keep white linen looking bright and white. Bleach should never be used on coloured linen as it will make the colour fade.
- If possible, line dry, it is best for the linen and the environment. However, tumble drying on a low temperature will result in softer linen and therefore can be used when extra softness is needed.
- If using a tumble dryer, dry on low heat and do not overload the dryer. To avoid creasing, remove the linen while it is still slightly damp. Do not over-dry as this will damage the fibres.
- White linen can be dried in direct sunlight but this should be avoided for coloured linen. Drying white linen in direct sunlight will also keep your linen naturally white and bright as the sun will naturally bleach stains.