Once you have the linen dress of your dreams or other linen clothing, you may wonder how to take care of this precious purchase now and how to wash linen clothes so as not to damage them.
Linen is an ancient natural fabric that has been loved by many people around the world for thousands of years.
Even today, it is one of the most valuable textiles in the world because, apart from its inherent character, it is quite easy to care for.
So, let’s take a deep dive into our laundry guide.
How to wash linen clothes?
- You can wash linen clothes both in the machine and by hand.
- It is highly recommended to wash linen dresses in dark or bright colors in cold water to prevent discoloration or color fading.
- Whether hand or machine wash, always remember to turn linen dresses inside out and close all buttons and zippers.
- In the washing machine, do not mix linen clothing with heavy items such as towels, denim, to avoid any damage and stretching.
- Choose low temperatures (up to 40 degrees).
- Don’t bleach. Bleach and detergents with optical brighteners tend to weaken the fibers and can cause discoloration.
- There is no need for softener as linen fabric naturally softens with each wash, so softener will only weaken the fibers, reducing their absorbency and wicking properties.
- After washing, it is best to hang the damp dress, after shaking and straightening it a little, on a soft hanger to air dry. This will allow you to avoid severe wrinkling and even ironing.
- While tumble drying won’t damage linen, it’s not worth it as linen dries very quickly.
- Linen fabric loves the iron, and the ironing process will be easier and easier if you iron a slightly damp fabric or additionally use a damp gauze / towel.
- We recommend ironing from the reverse side to avoid shine.
- Use the steam function on the iron.
Does linen shrink in the wash?
Linen can shrink if not washed properly. Always choose a low wash temperature, which should be below 40 degrees Celsius/104 degrees Fahrenheit. Note that hot water and the heat of the dryer tend to «shrink» the linen fabric.
Items made of 100% linen fabric are subject to shrinkage. If cotton, elastane, lavsan, viscose is added to the material, it does not shrink.
Use a natural detergent meant for delicate fabrics and avoid using fabric softener. It is completely unnecessary as linen naturally softens with every wash.
What else do you need to know about washing linen clothes?
Linen is a natural and delicate fabric that is easy to care for. Just follow this guide to keep your favorite linen wearable for many wonderful years.
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