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Linen is a gorgeous natural fabric. It is cool and breathable when it’s warm and insulating when it is cold. The fabric gets better as time goes by; it becomes softer, smoother and more lustrous the more it is washed. Additionally, linen is extremely durable and exceptionally long-lasting - can last decades if cared for correctly. Clink on this link to see linen examples and this one to read on the history of linen garments.
Washing Linen Sheets
Before washing linen sheets, separate dark or colored ones from the white ones to avoid color transfer. If you are washing the sheets for the first time, wash them separately from other garments as they can cause lint. Also, avoid using bleach on your linen sheets. This is because bleach weakens the fibers and may affect the color of dyed linen sheets.
When machine washing the sheets, use cool or lukewarm water. Wash on a gentle and low-temperature cycle to protect the linen fibers. And if possible, select a program that has a long soak, short wash, and short spin. It is also advisable that you use soft water and a mild detergent to wash the sheets. When the wash cycle is complete, take the sheets out of the washing machine immediately to avoid any creasing.
If you prefer handwashing your linen sheets, use lukewarm water and mild detergent. If you are washing the sheets for the first time, soak them for about two hours so that the fibers can become saturated. When washing the sheets, use gentle agitation then rinse them until the water is soap free. Once you are done, squeeze the excess water out of the sheets.
Drying Linen Sheets
Linen sheets can be line dried or tumble-dried. If you choose to tumble-dry, use medium heat - over drying or overheating can cause the linen’s fibers to break down more rapidly. Take the linen sheets out of the dryer while slightly damp and allow them to dry naturally in a cool and dry place.
If you choose to line dry, hang or lay the sheets flat. Hangers can cause marks on the sheets or even damage them. Remove the sheets from the line while still slightly damp then spread them on the bed or hang them over the shower curtain rod to finish the drying process.
Ironing is not necessary. People love the inherent natural creases and folds – they are what give the fabric its relaxed and worn look. However, if you choose to iron, do so while the fabric is still damp. Additionally, use the correct iron temperature setting (medium-hot iron on the steam setting) when pressing the fabric.
If the fabric is completely dry, spritz with water as you iron. To keep your sheets looking crisp and neat, spray the fabric with sizing while ironing.
Storing Linen Sheets
Store the sheets in a cool, dry place, away from direct sunlight. Never store your linen sheets in cedar chests, plastic containers, and cardboard boxes. Also, avoid starching linen sheets before storage as it can cause yellowing on the beddings.
If you follow our advice, you can enjoy using your comfortable linen sheets for many years to come.