Caring for your linens

April 14 2018

15 April 2018. Now that Spring is on its way (fingers crossed!) we are putting away our wool sweaters and breaking out the linen we love wearing and using in warmer weather. 

We like starting fresh each season and thought we’d share our best tips on giving your linen clothing and housewares the attention they deserve when you put them back into rotation for the season.

Proper care of your linens will extend their life and allow you to enjoy them longer.  Linen can be hand-washed or machine washed.  If using a machine, it’s best to wash with like colors at temperatures no higher than 30 degrees C / 86 degrees F.  Drying on a line is always the best approach, but if you must use a drying machine, tumble dry on a low setting.  Never wash or dry linen with high heat. 

And while we like our linen casually rumpled, here are some pro tips on getting a smoother look.

Smoothing linen straight from the line or dryer with your hand will render its textures socially acceptable.  It’s really just a matter of what you are comfortable with.  If using and iron, a medium to medium-high setting will have you smooth in a jiffy. 

Here’s a link to what other fabric care experts have to say about spring cleaning.

And if you have access to a space to dry your linen outside, here’s a nice round-up of folding wooden drying racks:

Now here’s hoping for some sunshiney weather so you can don your newly refreshed linen scarf or blouse and pack up your linen tablecloth for a picnic in the nearest park.