Linen is a great fabric to wear, but if you want your new linen garment to last longer and in good condition, you should keep in mind the next how to care suggestions.
A little bit of knowledge can go a long way when it comes to keeping your linen clothes looking good and lasting longer. Here are some tips for cleaning and caring for your linen wardrobe:
Avoid washing too often.
The most important tip for keeping your linen clothes looking good is to avoid washing too often. The softer and more worn-in a garment looks, the longer it will last (and the more it will be worth). If you wear your linen items regularly, consider washing them after every 3-5 wears. This will keep them fresh and ready for their next outing.
If you haven't worn an item in a while, you don't need to wash it until you want to wear it again.
Wash in cold water.
Your linen clothes will last longer if you wash them in cold water.
Why? Well, there are a few reasons:
• Cold water helps preserve the colour of your linen clothes. This is because heat can fade colours over time, so washing in cold water lessens this risk and therefore increases the lifespan of your linens.
• Cold water preserves the texture of your linen clothes as well. Heat can cause shrinkage and damage to some materials, so using cold water instead avoids these problems altogether.
• Washing in cold water also helps preserve some natural oils found on linen fabrics that protect them from mold or mildew growth.
Try to avoid dry cleaning.
Dry-cleaning is bad for your clothes. When you send a piece of clothing to the dry cleaner, it's subjected to chemicals that can weaken the fibers and cause them to break down over time. Even if you're careful about choosing environmentally friendly options at your local cleaners, there are still risks involved in sending your clothes off for cleaning that can affect how long they last.
Instead of letting someone else handle your dirty laundry, try washing them yourself at home with cold water and gentle detergent (be sure not to use too much). If you need help getting stains out or want a more thorough clean than just hand washing can provide, but don't want to spend money on a machine, try using vinegar or baking soda instead of bleach when soaking stained items.
Not all detergents are created equal.
The first step in making your linen clothes last longer is to use the right detergent. Linen is a delicate fabric that needs to be treated gently and with care. You don't want it to get damaged by harsh chemicals or abrasive cleaners, so using a detergent that's specifically designed for linens will help protect your garments from damage while keeping them looking beautiful.
Detergents free of optical brighteners—chemicals used in laundry products that make whites appear whiter—are necessary because these products can fade darker colored fabrics over time. They also contain dyes, perfumes, enzymes and other harsh chemicals that may leave an undesirable scent on your clothing.
How to wash linen? Use a gentle cycle.
As a general rule, you should use the gentle cycle on your washing machine and turn items inside out. This will help prevent damage to the fibers that can come from abrasion while washing. (<40°C/104°F).
Linen should not be mixed with other fabrics in the same load as it does not play well with synthetic materials and may end up looking worn out over time if washed together regularly (or at all).
Skip the tumble dryer.
If you're looking to give your linen clothes a longer life, it's best to avoid the tumble dryer. Tumble drying can cause them to shrink and damage the fibers in your garment, causing them to fade faster than they would if you don't use it. If you must use one, go for a low heat setting and make sure that the garments are completely dry before storing them.
Store your linens in a cool, dry place
While linen clothes can be washed, dried, and ironed just like any other fabric, it's important to store them properly. Linen is a natural material that won't last as long if you don't take care of it. To make sure your linen clothes last as long as possible, follow these tips:
Store your linens in a cool, dry place. This will help extend the life of your beloved linens by keeping them away from heat and humidity, which can cause shrinkage and damage the fibers over time.
Use breathable bags for storage or hang your items on coathangers in an open closet or wardrobe space where they'll get plenty of air circulation around them. Avoid putting them in direct sunlight—not only because this makes them fade quickly but also because exposure to light causes wrinkles!
Iron your linen clothing carefully, if at all
The good news is that you don't have to iron your linen clothes. They'll look crisp and neat without it, so there's no need to stress about leaving the house with a wrinkly shirt or pants. If you do choose to iron them, however, be sure to use a low temperature setting on your iron and always steam your garment before ironing—this keeps down the risk of burning through delicate fibers.
These tips will help you care for the linen items in your wardrobe
To keep your linen looking its best, follow these steps:
• Use a gentle cycle. If you're washing a load that contains some of your linen items, we recommend using the delicate or hand wash cycle. You may want to try adding a small amount of distilled vinegar or baking soda to help soften the fibers.
• Use mild detergent. If you're using liquid detergent, always dilute it in cold water first before adding it to the machine's drum so that no suds form in there while they're spinning around at high speeds (and potentially causing damage). To give yourself an extra layer of protection against abrasion between washes and dryings, consider adding half a cup each of white vinegar and baking soda to every load of washable linens—this will aid in their fluffiness as well as their cleanliness!
• Wash on cold with no fabric softener/dryer sheets/bleach if possible since these things can cause wrinkles over time.