Linen clothes are completely versatile, stylish, and always fashionable. From your favourite linen shirt and trousers, looking after and knowing how to wash linen clothes is an invaluable lesson to learn.
Most linens can be machine washed unless stated otherwise on the care label. When washing your linen in the machine, it is recommended to put it on a gentle cycle and at a temperature of 40 degrees or lower to minimise any possible damage to the fibres. Linen is known to shrink if the proper care isn’t used so always read the care label.
Keep reading to learn how to wash and care for linen clothes, they'll thank you for it.
HOW TO HAND WASH LINEN
Fill a sink or basin with cool water. Linen is prone to shrinking so it's best to never wash it in cold or hot water.
Add 1-2 capfuls (10-20ml) of delicates detergent to the water and swirl.
Add your linen items to the soapy water and work the detergent gently into the fabric with your hands, paying special attention to any close contact areas.
Once washed, rinse your items with clean water until it runs clear of soap and squeeze out the excess water. TIP: Don’t wring your items as this will stretch the fabric and cause your items to lose shape.
To dry your linen items, lay them flat on a surface to air dry. Be aware that hangers and clothes pegs can leave marks on the fabric and cause them to lose their original shape.
HOW TO MACHINE WASH LINEN CLOTHES:
When machine washing linens, it’s best to wash them at a half load as the fabric absorbs a lot of water – meaning they need space in the drum to move around. TIP: Delicate linens are better hand washed.
Add 1-2 capfuls (10-20ml) of delicates detergent to the washing machine drawer or put straight into the drum.
Read the garment care label and set the washing machine to a low temperature and a gentle cycle.
When the cycle is finished, remove the items from the machine immediately to avoid any extra creasing from resting in a damp drum.
We recommend laying your items flat to air dry on a towel or resting them on a clean surface. Be aware that clothing pegs can leave marks on the fabric.
HOW TO WASH LINEN SHEETS:
Wash linen sheets and pillowcases only with similar materials and colours.
Load your sheets into the washing machine and pour 1-2 capfuls (10-20ml) of delicates detergent into the drawer.
Set the machine to a low temperature and gentle cycle. Too much heat can cause your linen bed sheets to shrink and decompose too early.
Once the cycle is finished, dry your linen sheets on a washing line in a nicely lit space away from direct sunlight. Ensure your linen is completely dry before storing.
LINEN CARE GUIDE 101: PRO TIPS
Before washing your linen clothes, pre-treat any visible stains on your garment with a stain remover spray. Spray the affected area and gently dab the solution into the stain before putting the garment through the washing process.
ADVICE: We always recommend that you read the care label on your linen garments before you wash them to avoid shrinking and damage.