How to take care of linen bedding?

Appealing, durable, and nice to the touch – linen bedding has always been considered one of the best; that is why it has always been quite expensive. However, it is not only a price tag of a linen set that scares many hostesses but also the intricate process of taking care of it. They often think about how hard it is to iron linen fabric and keep its initial luster. In fact, it is enough to know the basic rules of maintaining this wonderful fabric and your linen bedding will never give you too much trouble.


Washing Linen


• Linen bedding can be washed with washing machine or hand. Don’t forget to button all pieces of the bedding.
• Avoid contact of laundry powder with fabric – laundry powder should be pre-dissolved in water.
• Your wash, rinsing, and spinning will be successful and safe for the bedding if you fill the drum of your washing machine not more than half.
• Color bedding should be washed separately from the white one and at no more than 40°С. Special laundry powders for colored things will help keep your fabrics bright. White bedding can be washed at the temperature of up to  60 °С; it is not recommended to use chlorine. Enzyme or  bio-supplemented bleachers as the chlorine damages flax fibers and your item will wear out too quickly.
• Linen fabric wringing should be done at a speed of no more than 600 rotations per minute, otherwise, the fabric will have wrinkles that will be hard to iron even with wet pressing.


Drying Linen


• Do not wring your bedding manually by twisting it. The best option possible is to let water drop off naturally.
• Linen bedding should be fully smoothed out and dried suspended.
• Air drying is the perfect option, plus your bedding will get a fresh scent.
• If you use drying function in your washing machine or a drier then it is important to choose the best regime – neither too hot nor too cool and without heating. The final cooling cycle will help most wrinkles disappear.
• Stain removers can damage linen fabric, so before using the remover on the fabric itself, you should try it first on the wrong side of the item.


Ironing Linen


• Linen fabric irons well only in wet condition. The degree of wetness depends on the thickness of the fabric.
• Maximum temperature of the iron is 150°С.
• If the fabric lost its luster because its fibers became fluffy you should iron the bedding from the front – the initial luster should come back.
• You do not have to iron linen items until they are fully dry. Leave it a bit wet and hang it smoothed out to dry completely.


Storing Linen


• Before storing, linen bedding should be ironed well – otherwise, the wrinkles that will appear with time will be hard to iron.
• In order to keep your items from changing their color, you should keep them away from the sunrays. The best way to do that is to put them into fabric bags or wrapping paper.
• Do not store bright colored items together with white ones – the dye can pass from one item to another at the points of contact.
• Lint can appear on fabric with added synthetic fibers; to avoid that, you should choose 100% linen products.