How to iron linen?
Linen: ironing tips
We all know well that ironing linen is not easy. Ever since childhood, you have probably heard from your parents that a linen item is a great responsibility, such item requires special care. This day in age, when the world at large is full of artificial materials and unusual chemical compounds, we try to find things natural, organic and ecologically pure. And often times, when it gets to clothes or home interior design, we consider purchasing articles made of linen. But we still are scared to think of caring for those items.
Well, how do we iron linen? It is true, natural linen wrinkles. That is why any aggressive or mechanical pressing can complicate the ironing process and linen care. Due to that, the first recommendation is to squeeze the water out gently, without twisting your linen item like we are used to with other materials. The best way is to squeeze the water out by hand, straitening and smoothing the item so it takes up its shape while still damp.
As far as clothing goes, it is better to dry it flat on a horizontal surface. And in this case never place your linen item under the direct sunlight. Quality linen is best dried in a well ventilated room.
For you to have an easier ironing process it is best not to overdry your linen item - it must still be damp when you are about to iron. If an item happens to be overdried or completely dry, you may have troubles getting you item ironed at all. In this case, it is best to use steam mode of your iron. If there is no such setting available, wet your item with water.
Natural linen fabric is recommended to be ironed at 200 Degrees Fahrenheit. If linen is too dense, iron your item on both sides. Using moisture is still necessary. As practice shows, over time, after a few washes and ironings, linen becomes softer, suppler and nicer to touch. And, most importantly, it becomes more malleable to ironing.