How to Care for Linen Bedding
June 29, 2017
Care for Linen Bedding
Our Tips on how to Care, Wash and Clean Linen Bedding
Some people think that linen washing has very strict requirements. But nothing can be further from a truth, and in fact, it is very difficult to damage linen while washing it. There are just a few recommendations that you need to keep in mind.
Prepare properly – buttons all the buttons, close velcro straps if any.
Wash in the normal temperature water (up to 40o ), unless it is white linen bedding.
When using a washing machine, It is preferable to select the maximum level of water.
Choose normal washing cycle.
Make sure other items in the washing machine are similar to linen bedding in weight and color and that they don’t have metal zippers.
Linen becomes very heavy after absorbing water. So don’t overload the washing machine to avoid twisting and deforming.
Don’t use harsh detergents or bleaches, not even the so-called safe ones.
Don’t pour undiluted detergent directly on the fabric.
Don’t use fabric softeners, as it can damage the natural structure of linen.
When it comes to removing stains from linen material, the delicacy is one word that should be on your mind, otherwise it’s very straightforward.
Remove stains (you can use a delicate stain remover for this task) before putting sheets in the washer, otherwise, the spots will be almost unreal to get rid of.
Clean linen bedding stains when fresh.
Try using dish soap to remove stains – apply some water, then the soap, let it soak in for about half an hour and brush lightly with an old soft-type toothbrush.
If it doesn’t work, try applying a mix of water and baking soda instead, following the same instructions,
Don’t use harsh stain removers – opt for those meant for baby clothes, this will make the process a lot easier.
Natural linen can be easily dried in a very quick and convenient manner. The best way to dry flax-fiber garments is to flat-dry them, but since with bedding it’s not an option due to the great size of sheets, all we are left with is either tumble-drying or line drying, of which the latter is preferred.
Choose normal heat setting.
Remove the sheets quickly when dry or even better, remove them when still slightly damp. This way your linen sheets will gain a unique texture, that is very pleasant to your skin.
Don’t overdry or dry in extremely high temperatures.
When line drying, try not to use clothespins to avoid deformation.
Don’t use anti-static dryer sheets – they can cause abrasion and pilling of the fabric.
Len.Ok linen looks even better without ironing. But if you like to iron your bedding same as previous aspects of caring for linen, it is very simple. There are just a couple recommendations that we would like to give you.
Iron items when slightly damp.
Use a moderately hot setting and a water sprinkler.
Avoid moving the iron repeatedly over a single spot to avoid damaging the fibers.
Don’t choose extremely hot temperatures.
If you want to avoid creases just fold items right after removing them from clothes lines or ironing
Use linen, cotton or muslin pillowcases or tissue paper (acid-free of course) for long-term storing.
Don’t put unlaundered items away for storing, even if there are no visible stains on the fabric.
Avoid storing bedding in plastic containers or bags, cardboard boxes or cedar chests.Just let the fabric breathe freely and it will not go yellowing.
Well, by now you might be a bit overwhelmed by the many guidelines on how to wash linen sheets, but the general rule is the following – linen is a 100% organic fabric, which means it naturally favors mild temperatures, minimal exposure to chemicals and airing. Also, it creases easily, so over drying or leaving it unfolded is not an option.
We hope that you’ll find these tips on caring for linen bedding helpful. If you have any doubts about cleaning a specific linen bedding item, it’s best for you to follow the manufacturer’s instructions (to not hesitate to contact us and ask firstname.lastname@example.org)
And if you’re looking to buy another linen bedding set (or maybe your first one), take a look at what we’ve got to offer! Len.Ok is a Belarusian linen bedding brand that offers pillowcases, sheets, linen duvet covers and linen sheet sets made of 100% flax-fiber fabric. Flax used in manufacturing is grown by local organic farmers with care and love. The items offered by LenOk come in a wide range of natural colors, from the classic white to rose brown, and the stonewashed effect is achieved by using only natural dyes and pre-washing all items.