Caring for your linen
Caring for Your Linen
Whilst it’s definitely important to give your linen some regular TLC, many people are under the impression that it takes a fair bit of work to do well. Fear not, as it’s actually a lot simpler than you might think! To help you keep your gorgeous linen products looking and feeling wonderful for years to come, have a read of this super simple guide to properly caring for your linen.
Crafted from flax plant fibres, linen is one of the world’s oldest traditional textiles having been produced for thousands of years all around the world – so if they could maintain the quality back then, it should be a cinch for us, right? Right! As such as natural and elegant fabric, keeping your linen in that newly-purchased condition is incredibly easy when you’ve got the know-how and a little time up your sleeve.
Linen over cotton? It’s a no brainer!
There are so many reasons linen is better than cotton, the first of which being durability. While cotton deteriorates with repeated washes over time, linen actually gets better the more you wash it – meaning your gorgeous linen will last a lot longer than a similar product in cotton. Producing linen also requires less resources than cotton, making it a wonderfully eco-friendly and sustainable fabric option. If you’re about top quality, linen is definitely the best choice for you.
Should I dry clean my linen?
The good news is that no, you don’t need to dry-clean your linen. Moss Living linen has been manufactured and treated so you can clean it with a simple machine or hand wash. You can also tumble try if necessary, but make sure it’s at a low temperature.
When it comes to tailored linen clothing such as fitted pants or jackets, you’ll be better off dry-cleaning these to keep their shape - purely because of the way they are manufactured. Note: When it comes to linen, it’s always best to follow the care instructions provided and even conduct a cleaning test patch on a small area before getting stuck into the rest.
Washing your linen
Washing your linen is super simple. You can wash it in lukewarm - cold water on a gentle machine cycle using a detergent that is suitable for protecting linen fibres. Or, if you’ve got the time, hand washing is also a great way to keep your linen looking it’s best. The beauty of linen is that it gets softer the more you wash it, so deterioration shouldn’t put you off washing your lovely linen.
Drying your linen
If you’re running short of time, you can certainly tumble dry your linen so long as you use a low temperature setting. For the best post-wash results, pull them out of the dryer while still damp and either hang them out or lay them flat until completely dry.
Can I iron my linen?
One of the best things about linen is the natural crumples you get from living or sleeping in it. While you definitely don’t need to iron your linen (yay), if you feel they are becoming a little too creased or you just really love an afternoon ironing sesh, you can iron your linen on a medium steam setting while the fabric is still damp. Tip: for light and white linen, it’s best to iron both sides of the fabric. For darker linen, you’re better off doing only the inside.
Storing linen to make it last
Linen is best kept in a cool, dry place and is inherently resistant to insects, so you can rest easy that those little creatures won’t eat away at your fabric. Where possible, try to avoid bags, boxes and wooden cabinets. If you’ve had it locked away for a while and it’s a bit dusty or stiff, give it a good wash and dry to breathe life back into your linen.
And that’s it! Simple, huh?
✔️ Machine wash friendly ✔️ No need for ironing
✔️ Tumble dryer friendly ✔️ Looks + feels fabulous