Your linen can last twice as long as cotton sheets if cared for correctly.
Investing in linen bedding is not something you should take lightly. Linen sheets can be pricy, but when you put them on your bed, you know they are worth it! Time and time again.
But how to keep them looking good and lasting longer than your other sheets can be a daunting idea. So let's talk about how to take care of your linen sheets.
What is so good about linen?
Linen in a natural fabric, made from the stems of the flax plant. As a natural fabric, each unique fibre has individual characteristics, making the weave more nonconforming and textured than some of its synthetic counterparts. This, in turn, makes linen a very forgiving and relaxed look.
Linen is a fabric that actually gets softer and more luminous the more it's washed. The thicker threads are quite durable, which also make them easier to care for.
Whilst linen is quite durable, it is a natural fabric. It deserves a little care when washing. The top tips when washing your linen bed sheets are;
- Linen can be machine washed in cold or warm water, using a mild detergent on a delicate cycle.
- Don't dry clean your linen as it may react with some chemicals used in the dry cleaning process and weaken the fibres.
- If hand washing, use natural soap and rinse completely. This will help to avoid the formation of 'age spots'.
- Don’t overload your washing machine, and preferably wash with like fabrics. Overloading the machine may cause the linen to be stressed if it wraps around other immovable (synthetic) materials.
- Be careful with your detergents. Some detergents have inbuilt bleaches in them, which can affect the colour of your sheets or the strength of the fibres. It is best to wash with a liquid detergent, rather than a tablet.
- Stains on linen are best tackled when fresh. Spot clean them with a gentle cleanser. You may need to rub gently the area to ensure the cleaning product gets into the whole of the porous fibre.
- You might also want to consider a linen spray for in-between washes.
Gone are the days where the dryer was used until the fabrics crackled hot and dry with electricity. Not only is overusing the dryer bad for the environment, it’s bad for your sheets.
Top points to consider when drying your Linen are;
- It is preferable to line dry than tumble dry. Drying linen on your bed gives the fabric some time to breathe.
- If tumble-drying, use low heat as overheating linen fibres can cause them to become brittle and break.
- If line drying the sun will help naturally kill bacteria, and will ‘bleach’ your whites.
- Avoid prolonged drying in the sun with darker fabrics.
Linen on show
Linen really comes into its own when styled in the bedroom. It is intended to have a relaxed and worn look, layered with other interesting textures or with beautiful muted colours from the range.
If you do want to iron, make sure it is ion a low heat. Alternatively, try placing the linen bed sheets on your bed just slightly damp, this will eliminate any larger wrinkle eyesores.
If you like linen but are unsure of how to style your linen bedding, read this blog.