Linen is our wardrobe’s best kept secret for all year around.
It’s a misconception to think linen is difficult care for...
Here some advice we would like to give you.
First and foremost it's important that, as with all your garments, you check the care instructions label before cleaning.
First tip when it comes to washing : wash less! Wash only when needed! Remove stains manually if you can. Washing less will reduce the environmental footprint of your garment significantly, considering the large amounts of water and detergent you will save.
If you find that your garment smells a bit after wearing it, but is not dirty, we recommend simply hanging out your garment for a few days in the fresh air. Airing out clothes is both effective, easy, and reduces washing.
If you wash your linen garments by hand:
- wash linen on low temperatures, in lukewarm or cold. Be careful not to wring the fabric or it will stretch!
If you wash by machine:
- make sure the machine is not overfilled, so your garment can move freely! Wash your garments at 30° (if coloured) or maximum 40° (if not coloured) on a gentle wash cycle (400-600 RPM).
- use a soft detergent no containing bleach and solvent that can damage and degrade the fibres of the cloth.
Always: think low temperatures (check the care label), use a mild detergent and don’t overfill the washing machine.
Linen ages gracefully, getting softer and more absorbent with regular washing.
Lay your linens flat as they dry, which will also reduce the chances of wrinkles.
Avoid tumble drying, and privilege air drying.
If you ever come to dry it on a tumble, don't fill to capacity and add a tennis ball to avoid creases and breaks .
Linen is a natural material that does not need to be ironed. This is what makes its unique charm: the natural wrinkles!
If you wish to iron the linen, do it while the fabric is still damp and with the wrong side turned out.
Store your linen garments and accessories in a cool, dry place. Avoid wrapping it in plastic, cardboard boxes and cedar chests. Linen has inbuilt insect-repellant properties so you should have nothing to fear from moths.
When you take linen out of storage, give it a good airing and wash if it needs a bit of a refresh.
Try to store your favourite linen pieces as flat as possible to avoid wrinkling and creasing.
Treat your linen clothes and accessories well and they will keep on looking amazing for long time.