How to take care of linen

Tips for washing and drying your linen so it looks amazing.

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When taking care of linen there is just a few things to keep in mind.

Linen looks stunning, it’s also machine washable, tumble dryable and doesn’t require any ironing if hanged or laid flat when still damp. Easy! I am a believer of brushing your clothes every time you wear them. With fine fabrics like linen, brush it to get the street dirt off and spray with water to freshen up and you could get another wearing without washing.


It is a common misconception that linen needs specialist care. This couldn’t be further from the truth, and we want to help you see just how easy it is to care for linen and to keep it looking beautiful for years to come. Made from the fibres of the flax plant, linen has been cultivated and used as a textile for thousands of years, long before the existence of dry cleaners or fancy detergents. In fact, it is such a natural, simple fabric that caring for it is simple too.


Does Linen always need to be dry cleaned ?


The easy answer to this is, no. Linen that has been correctly manufactured and treated can be machine or hand washed. It can even be tumble dried on low temperatures. 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. Always follow the care instructions on your item, and test any cleaning method on a small, hidden area before washing the whole thing.


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.

How do I wash and dry linen ?


Linen becomes softer and more absorbent after each wash, which is pretty neat. Wash linen on low temperatures in lukewarm or cold, and preferably soft, water. Feel free to machine (tumble) dry your linen clothes or textile, as long as you stick to low temperatures. Remove from the dryer when still slightly damp to avoid the linen becoming stiff, and hang or lie flat to finish off the drying process.

Great video to watch: Linen care made easy! Tricia shows you how to care for your linen



Do you have to iron linen ?


No! Yay! There really is no need to iron linen garments, unless they have become really crushed. In fact, we love the inherent natural creases and crumples – they are what give linen its drapey, relaxed, soft feel. But if you love ironing, or have an item that really needs pressing, iron while the fabric is still damp. Use a medium-hot iron on the steam setting. White linen is better ironed on both sides, whilst dark linen should be pressed only on the reverse side.