Luxury Linen Care

If you love luxury linen as much as we do, then you will want to take the best care possible of your fabrics. These care instructions go into detail so you know how and why to care for your linen.

If you just want to wash it, the simple instruction is to wash in cool water and hang dry. Linen should get softer and more absorbent with each wash no matter how you wash it. Now for the nitty-gritty details...

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Washing instructions for luxury linen

  • Hand or machine wash using cool water around 30ºC / 85ºF and under 40ºC / 104ºF.
  • While it is possible to wash linen with hotter water it will noticeably shorten the lifespan of the fabric and hot water uses more electricity.
  • When using a washing machine we recommend a front loading machine set to a gentle cycle.
  • As with any fabric do a load with similar colours to keep the linen vibrant.
  • Linen is naturally antimicrobial so there is no need to use heavily perfumed laundry detergent. We like to use a mild unscented detergent.
  • Linen will naturally become softer with use, there is no need for Fabric softener. Fabric softener will coat the fibres of the linen and prevent it from properly wicking moisture away.
  • When linen is new it may show a little bit of lint on the sheets. After the first 5 washes, the linen will be lint free.

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Drying

  • Our recommendation is to hang your linen to dry for the longest possible life and the softest feel.
  • Do not wring the linen out as it is damaging to the fibres.
  • If you are in a hurry and need to use a dryer make sure to tumble dry under 40ºC / 104ºF -- any higher can damage and shorten the lifespan of linen.
  • We recommend removing linen from the machine while still ever so slightly damp to air dry. This will prevent the fibres from over-drying and becoming stiff. 

Dry on low setting  Do not Wring

Stains

  • If you encounter a stain that you fear won't come off with a normal wash. immediately soak the linen in cold water.
  • The quicker you soak it the better your chances of removing the stain before it sets.
  • Soak the linen for 2 days (soaking longer won't make a difference) to loosen the stain. After this time you can try hand washing with mild detergent. If that still doesn't work use a modern enzyme stain treatment.
  • Do not use conventional bleach. In cases with particularly bad stains, a small amount of oxygen bleach can be used.
  • Be sure to separate white linens from dark or coloured linens to avoid any bleeding or fading.
  • Do not dry-clean, the harsh chemicals are designed for structured items like blazers and will damage linen.

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Ironing

  • If you dislike the more intense wrinkly look that linen can take on, lay the linen flat (or just make the bed) while it's still damp. The fibers will relax and the wrinkles will smooth out.
  • If you still feel the need to iron, use a linen specific or low setting. Our lighter colours like Off White are better ironed on both sides, while our darker linen should be pressed only on the back side.

Iron on low

Storage

  • Linens like to be stored in a cool, dry place.There is no need to pack them away in plastic bags, cardboard boxes or cedar chests.
  • By keeping them Linen more out it lets the fabric breathe.
  • Linen also benefits from being naturally insect-repellant so you can free your closet from mothballs.

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Don't worry we include a care cheat sheet with all the linen we sell. 

Wash well and sleep tight!

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