Linen Care Guide

Linen Care Guide

With summer fast approaching, linen is the the best fabric to add to your wardrobe, from everyday staples to tailored blazers. Effortless and easy to wear, this lightweight fabric is made from the fibres of the flax plant and is known for its durability and timeless sensibility. Discover our top tips for taking care of your linen

Rule one

Washing

First and foremost it’s important that, as with all your garments, you check the care instructions label before cleaning. If your item is washable, there are two options for laundering your linen at home: by hand or by machine. With every wash, linen becomes softer and its natural beauty and lustrous quality are enhanced. Linen is highly absorbent and benefits from being washed separately from other fabrics, so don’t be tempted to pack in the rest of your laundry basket. Wash in lukewarm or cold water and if possible, use mild soap or a non-biological detergent to maintain its colour. Remember, never bleach linen as the harsh chemicals damage and degrade the fibres of the cloth.

Rule two

Drying

Be speedy and remove your linen as soon as possible after washing from the basin or washing machine to avoid wrinkles. Linen benefits from drying naturally so reshape whilst damp and lay your linens flat as they dry, which will also reduce the chances of wrinkles.

Rule three

Ironing

If there’s more than a hint of creasing in your linen, don’t panic. For the best results, run your iron across the front and reverse whilst the linen is still a little bit damp so as to avoid burning the fabric. Extra wrinkles? Lay a damp, light-coloured cotton T-shirt over your linen before running a warm iron on steam setting across it.

Rule four

Storing

When stowing away clean and dry linen at the end of the summer, store in a cool, dry place. Avoid wrapping it in plastic. Slatted wooden shelves will allow the air to circulate and keep your linen fresh. Try to store your favourite linen pieces as flat as possible to avoid wrinkling and creasing.