Caring for your linens

A common misconception about linen is that it needs extra TLC, but this is not really the case. Here are some useful and easy tips to care for linen and how to keep it looking beautiful for years to come.

Machine Wash

Separate your white, dark, and colored linens. Wash in lukewarm water (<40 C) using a mild detergent then, put your machine in a gentle cycle. Make sure your water is not too hot as it can cause shrinkage up to 10% and weaken the linen fiber.

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Hand Wash

Fill a sink or basin with lukewarm water and add a teaspoon of mild detergent. Submerge and soak the linen for about 10 minutes before you swish the item around. Remember not to wring or twist as it can stretch the fabric. Drain the soapy water and rinse repeatedly until the suds are gone. After that, you may simply hang them to dry.

Ironing Linen

Natural fibers like linen will inevitably wrinkle and crease. It is the effortless look we usually gravitate towards to and it speaks quality. However, if you really want a clean and crisp pressed look, use a medium-hot iron on the fabric while it is damp or steam it.

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Softening Linen

We love linen because it naturally gets softer every wash and stone-washed linen should already be at its maximum softness. Fabric softeners weaken and coat the fibers, reducing their absorbency so it is not recommended.

Storing Linens

Make sure your linens are completely dry before hiding them in the closet to avoid mildew. Natural fibers like linen need to breathe so store them in cool, dry, well-ventilated areas and away from direct sunlight.

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