Linen Care Guide
Does linen shrink? How to wash, dry and iron it?
Does linen shrink?
If you are washing any of our regular finishing non-washed fabrics, tablecloths, bed linen, kitchen linen, etc. remember that after first wash they will shrink a bit. Depending on the particular structure of the fabric, the product can shrink from 4% to 8%.
A large number of our fabrics and ready to use linen products have already been washed, this means that they will not shrink after washing again.
How to wash linen ?
Linen can be laundered with confidence. All “Linen Fashion” products have clear washing instructions.
- Our linen can be washed in a washing machine – plain white linen up to 90 degrees and coloured linen up to 60 degrees.
- Always look up on the product label and follow the instructions.
- Always wash different colours separately.
- We don’t recommend chlorine bleach, as it can damage any sort of fabric.
- It is also important to select the proper detergent. Many detergents today contain optical whitening agents that work well on white linen. These are not recommended for coloured linen, as it may result in discolouration and spots. When washing coloured linen, check that your detergent does not have any whitening agents, or choose soap powder. If you have hard water, we recommend softener, especially for darker colours.
Stain removal from linen
- Ink: Soak in milk or soap-and-ammonia mixture and rub the spot.
- Blood: Rinse immediately in cold water.
- Fruit, coffee, tea, chocolate: Rub with alcohol, white vinegar or ammonia.
- Candle wax: Scratch off the dried wax, absorb the residue with blotting paper and a warm iron.
- Greasy stains: Rub with ammonia.
- Red wine: Rub immediately with sparkling water or white wine.
We do not recommend tumble-drying in our washing instructions, as it decreases the life of any fabric. Despite that, if you are using it, don’t let linen to dry completely – linen is much easier to iron while damp. If you dried your linen completely, it may appear to have drastically shrunken. Don’t worry, the flax fibers have just been compacted together and will return to normal after a quick press with an iron (and a spray of water).
How to iron linen
Here are a few linen ironing tips:
- Always iron linen while still damp (it’s much easier to get rid of creases this way) – then fold and put in an airing cupboard or somewhere warm.
- Use a steam iron.
- Use starch on table linen and clothes for that crisp linen look. It will also slightly protect from stains.
- Ironing embroidered linen can be difficult as the iron can get caught in the stitching and cause damage. Just place a piece of plain fabric over the top and iron the two together.