How to care for your Linen
Linen is a comfortable, breathable material to wear in any weather. Read on and we’ll show you how to keep your favourite linen garments in great condition with this care guide below.
Light and airy when its hot outside and cosy to wear when the weather is getting cooler, linen is a material that’s gorgeous to wear all year round. But just how exactly do you keep your linen clean and also minimise the risk of shrinkage and wrinkles? It’s really quite simple so just read on.
- One tip to reduce creases is by drying wet garments on clothes hangers - DO NOT DRY YOUR LINEN IN DIRECT SUNLIGHT as this will fade the colours.
- Another is to lightly mist your linen with a water spray bottle before putting on and your body heat will reduce the tough wrinkles and give you that lived-in look we love so much.
- The third most important tip we like to tell our customers is the best and most important; “Embrace the wrinkles, they look great on you”
- Wash our linen gauze garments in a lingerie bag.
- Our hand dyed garments are colour fast so please WASH SEPERATELY for the first wash as sometimes dye residue is still in the seams and this way you will avoid discolouring other garments.
- Wash our linen garments separately from your regular clothes, giving them lots of space to move around in the machine. If you cram in too many clothes at once you will increase the likelihood of creasing.
- Wash linen on a medium to cool water cycle. Check the care label of your linen garment to find out the maximum water temperature recommended.
- Use a good quality detergent for stain removal. Always check the safety and usage instructions on the label and test products on a discreet part of clothing before using on the entire garment.
- Choose a gentle cycle, such as one designed for wool. Gentle cycles usually include a soak at the beginning followed by a short wash to minimise agitation in the drum (which can lead to shrinkage).
- Hang to dry immediately. If linen is left to sit in the machine it’s more likely to get creased. Avoid using the dryer as this will set wrinkles in place and may even shrink the fabric.
Stain Removal from Linen
If your linen clothes become stained, try removing the spot with club soda. Some stains can be removed with common hairspray or rubbing alcohol, but it is best to test an inconspicuous spot for colorfastness. Never use bleach on linen garments. If you are unsure how to proceed, seek the advice of a professional. It's better to be safe than sorry when removing stains from linen clothes!
A good tip for ironing linen clothing involves moisture or steam. Set your iron on the linen setting and iron while the garment is still damp. The heat from the iron will dry the fabric and remove wrinkles more effectively.
If your garment is completely dry, spritz with water while ironing or use a steam iron.
Questions & Answers
Question: Can I wash a black linen blouse with white trim?
Answer: It's best for dry cleaning the linen blouse. That way washing the black won't bleed onto the white trim.
Question: Since dry cleaning is so expensive, I would like to launder a 100% linen dress at home even though the mfg. label says "dry clean only." What are the dangers?
Answer: If linen is laundered it can damage the fibres, shrink the fabric and can be difficult to remove wrinkles.
Question: Can you stretch linen after it goes through dryer?
Answer: It can only be stretched when the fabric is wet.
Question: How do I get sweat stains out of linen and how do I wash linen without other colours bleeding?
Answer: Test the stain removal on the inside of a seam or hem. A stain removal product could bleach or change its colour. Instead, pre-treat the sweat stain with an organic paste mixture of baking soda and warm water. Gently rub it in and allow it to dry before washing. Hand wash linen separately in cool water so you don't have to worry about other colours bleeding into the fabric.
- Leather is a natural substance and it does occasionally contain blemishes. Different parts of the hide used can appear slightly different between any 2 products produced. While we do our best to quality control leather pieces used and items produced this is not always avoidable.
- Do not machine wash or tumble dry. Do not iron.
- Spot Clean only - if necessary. Wipe over area with a soft, clean, damp cloth.
- Leather is a natural product and softens and stretches with heat/warmth. Sometimes even light rubbing over a marked area with clean fingertips is enough to remove a slight mark.
- Leather can be treated with leather care product for protection. Alternatively, dry clean.
- Whilst it is durable, leather is also delicate, please avoid contact with rough surfaces or textures near your leather piece.
- These products are made from natural fibres and as a result will age gradually. ‘Wear and tear’ is to be expected and adds to the character of the product.