How To Take Care Of Your Linen?
Do you find it difficult to take care of linen? Or do you think it is too stiff to wear or maybe needs a lot of ironing because it gets creases easily?
There is always a misconception about how difficult it is to take care of linen, but it is actually a very simple and natural fabric, and so is the wash care.
Linen is made from the natural flax fibres that are woven together to make a fabric that is soft, natural, lightweight, durable, and a perfect fabric for all seasons. Strong and resistant to abrasion, linen fibres have low elasticity. It is a unique material that is stronger wet than dry. Linen has the ability to absorb and lose water rapidly. It helps to regulate body temperature and absorbs the moisture from the skin. This fabric is also stronger than cotton and has an inbuilt insect repellent property.
It is a fabric that is timeless, elegant, and classy.
Follow some simple steps to take care of your linen and maintain cool and airy characteristics for years to come.
Linen fabric gets softer with every wash!
- For the first wash - Soak the shirt in lukewarm water to avoid creasing.
- You can hand wash or give a gentle machine wash with mild detergent and a short spin.
- Tumble dry it at a low temperature (remove from the dryer while they are slightly damp before they become stiff)
- Separate light and dark colours
- Wash in lukewarm or cold water at 40 Degree Celsius or 104 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Avoid bleaching as it weakens the fibres and may affect the colour of the dyed linens.
It is not necessary to starch the linen fabric unless you want it to be super crisp. Although, we would advise you to avoid starching so that your shirt is soft and comfortable to give you the pure feeling of Linen.
In case you do want to starch your shirt, follow the steps mentioned below:
- Mix the solution well (1 cup in 1 litre of water) to avoid starch lumps
- Immerse linen in the solution for sometime
- Then gently squeeze the linen to remove excess water and dry.
- Linen can crease very easily, and hence after washing, you can dry it flat rather than wring drying it on a hanger.
- Tumble dry at a low-temperature setting.
- Do not dry it in direct sunlight as dyed linen shirts could fade the colour.
- Do not twist or scrub as these are 100% pure linen fibres, and the abrasion would cause it to damage the fibres making the fabric weak.
Linen is a fabric that is known for its beautiful and fine texture that makes it look more raw, soft, and natural, and hence it is not necessary to iron it and instead wear it as it is.
However, if it is really crushed and you want your shirt to look crisp, then
- Iron it while it is damp at 150-degree Celsius
- For white and light-coloured linen shirts, you can iron it on both sides
- For darker shades - turn the garment inside out to avoid fading of the colour
- In the case of dry linen - spray a little water and then proceed with the ironing.