Did you know that linen fabrics are among the oldest fabrics in the world?

 The beloved linen fiber made from the stems of the flax plant comes from the very early days of civilization. The amount of work that went into producing linen cloths caused the fabric’s high prices back in the ancient and medieval times.

 Presently, linen continues to be popular with people from all lifestyles, who are a continuity of the fabric’s far-reaching roots. This natural textile has its own set of exclusive properties with added benefits that make the fabric naturally elegant and undyingly beautiful.


Moreover, linen fabric is breathable and helps to control your body temperature as well as to keep away moisture from your skin. If you are a fashion fad and like working with linen, you probably know that linen helps you to stay relaxed regardless of the season.

Does it matter how you wash your linen?

With a little TLC, your favorite piece of airy linen dress can last for many summers to come. So, would you like to know how to care for your linen suitably? 
  • Generally, linen clothes can be hand-washed or dry-cleaned on the delicate cycle with cold-water cleaning and rinsing. 
  • Still, it is advisable to check the cleaning instructions on the fabric’s tag before you wash your linen items. That is because linen can blend with other colored materials and fabrics but requires special care that will not weaken the clothing.
  • In addition, much like cotton cloths, linen fabrics tend to shrink when cleaned with hot water. Therefore, when it comes to the choice of water, you may want to use either warm or cold water.
  • Moreover, not all-linen material is meant to be put inside a washing machine. Other fabrics used for sewing or lining will do well with dry-cleaning.
Additionally, for your linen to have a better wash and to last longer, make sure that the fabric is fine and of top quality. Poor quality material will not wash as fine.

Cleaning linen fabrics

What are the steps?
  • Separate your linen from your regular fabrics - your linen will need a lot of space to move around freely in the machine, because too many clothes at once may lead to creasing.
  • Use a lukewarm to cool water cycle – the tag of your linen attire will have instructions on the maximum temperature to use for your clothing.
  • Choose good quality soap for removing stains - for instance, you may want to check the safety and practice directions on the label, and test the detergent on a small part of the garment before using the soap on the entire fabric.
  • Choose the appropriate cycle on your machine – a gentle cycle would be more fitting because it involves a soak at the start followed by a brief wash to avoid agitation that can cause your summer’s special to shrink.
  • When hand washing, avoid twisting, scrubbing and wringing your cloth, and practice doing a tender swishing motion instead.
As you rinse, make sure that no residue is left on your piece of linen clothing.

Drying linen clothes

When using the washing machine, it is safer to dry your garment in a tumble dryer, adjusted to minimal drying temperature. Then, you can remove your fabric when it is a bit damp to prevent it from getting wrinkles and creases.

Alternatively, you could sundry your linen clothes by laying them flat without using clothespins that can make your linen jumpsuits to have marks or cause it them lose their unique figure. 

What you need to know when ironing your linen

You do not have to iron your linen cloth because its natural creases are part of your cloth’s unique properties.

Nevertheless, if you really need to iron it depending on the type of cloth and how you intend to wear it; 
  • Make sure that your cloth is somewhat moist to avoid burns. 
  • Iron the cloth inside out to maintain the fabric’s feel while preventing the fabric from fading or from having shiny patches.
  • Place a piece of fabric between your cloth and the iron if your iron has a tendency to become too hot.
  • Apply spray starch if you are going for a crispier guise for the duration of the wear.

 

 
 
 

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