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How to Take Care of Linen And Do It Right?

How to take care of linen and do it right?

How to take care of linen and do it right?  I love its natural strength, its temperature regulating properties, its resilience and beauty, and the fact that it’s anti-bacterial and moth resistant.  

More qualities of linen:

  • Beautiful sheen especially when crisp and ironed.
  • Linen is soil resistant and wicks moisture away.
  • Linen bleaches and disinfects in sunshine.
  • Linen is long-wearing and
  • Beautiful and sensual, linen is non-irritating non-allergenic and
    generally chemical-free

How to take care of linen and do it right? Keep reading.

How to get rid of wrinkles in linen?

Set your washer on cool so your linen does not shrink. Take your linen out of the washer machine as soon as it is done and give it a good shake. Only put it in the dryer for five minutes. Equally important, always iron linen when it is damp and use a good amount of steam. Iron with a steam iron on the hottest setting  On the other hand, buy linen with a pattern because it will show less wrinkles.

Finally, embrace the wrinkle!

Does linen need to be dry cleaned?

The easy answer to this is, no. Linen that has been correctly manufactured can be machine or hand washed. I would try not to use the dryer. Line drying helps preserve fibers, colors, shape, and elasticity. Remember, it’s easier to avoid wrinkles than to remove them.

How to take care of linen and do it right? The only garments that are better being dry cleaned are more structured, tailored items such as linen jackets or suits, due to the way they are constructed need dry cleaning. Always follow the care instructions on your item, and test any cleaning method on a small, hidden area before washing the whole thing.

 Taking care of linen and doing it right is easy peasy!

How to get sweat stains out of linen fabric?

How to take care of linen and do it right?

One of the biggest challenges with linen is getting rid of sweat stains. The best way to remove a sweat stain is to pre-treat it with a stain remover. My go to stain remover  is always hydrogen peroxide. Some people say it will lighten any fabric but that has not been the case with me. I have not tried it on dark colors. Pour or spray the hydrogen peroxide onto the stain and allow it to soak in. If the color or the armpits look yellow let it sit for 10 minutes before washing.

To spot treat, I also like stain bars. Fels Naptha bar is so cheap and effective I cannot believe it.

How to Use Purex Fels-Naptha Laundry Bar as a Stain Remover

  1. Wet the Laundry Bar. Dampen the laundry bar and rub it directly onto the stained area of the clothing. 
  2. Wash as Usual. Wash the garment as usual by hand or in the washer with a gentle detergent.

After soaking for 10 minutes if it still looks yellow you will need to bring out the diluted bleach. 


What is better linen or cotton?

Linen is just as easy to look after as cotton, but it is more durable and gets better with each wash, unlike cotton which can become threadbare as the fibres are weakened. Linen uses less resources in its production, so it is also a more eco-friendly, sustainable fabric.

If you want a fabric that is a bit easier to care for and warmer, softer, and more affordable, then cotton is the better choice. 
If you want a more breathable, lightweight, and moisture-wicking fabric, then linen is the better choice, although it is more expensive and harder to care for.
Linen is a stronger fabric, it will last longer. While cotton bedding and pillows feel smooth when new, they can lose their softness and begin to disintegrate with repeated use and washing. Linen, however, actually gets softer over time and improves as it ages.

What is so special about antique linen?

You could see how to take care of linen and do it right is simple

Modern linens can’t come close to matching the quality and longevity of vintage linens.If you are blessed with heritage linens from your grandmother or mother, use them. Modern linens can’t come close to matching the quality and longevity of vintage linens. And be delighted that your thoughtful relatives kept them for you. You can’t get linen-like old linen anymore. Older antique linen tablecloths and napkins are unlike any other household linen. They get better and softer with repeated washings. They continue to iron up crisply with a sheen that only linen displays. 

What is damask linen?

Higher-priced napkins will be linen Damask. You will notice an exquisite weave that has a design in satin weave offset by a matt surface. The design will repeat on the back of the napkin, but what was shiny on the top surface will be matt on the back and vice versa. In double damask, both designs will be shiny. Expect to pay more for heavy damask linens. Damask is woven with the highest quality of linen threads and by expert weavers. They are beautiful and feel wonderful. They were very popular as wedding gifts 100 years ago. You  might be able to find damask linen  in thrift shops as the younger generation discard their ancestors’ heirloom linen. If you find some you will think you scored a treasure.

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How to take care of linen and do it right.

Linen becomes softer and more absorbent after each wash, which is pretty neat.  You might like my article on Why Every Closet Needs a Clothes Brush?

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