Linen care. How to soften this fabric.

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Linen fabric has been used for table coverings, bed coverings and clothing for centuries. Is is much stronger and smoother than cotton and there are only few things to know in order for your linen textile or clothes to last a long time. We have already written a post about why linen is eco-friendly, so you can read that as well.

Linen decorative pillow cases from TikTakTimeLINEN
So what about linen care? Linen has a tendency to wrinkle easily, especially when it's new. We recommend to iron it on full heat when it's still damp, or use a lot of steam while ironing.
Long sleeves linen dress by  SondeflorShop
Slightly used linen feels soft and supple, while brand new linen may feel stiff and harsh if it is not special treated during the production process. A lot of sellers use softened linen fabrics for their production.
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Actually, with each washing, linen becomes softer and more absorbent. This fabric is washable up to 90°C, but we recommend up to 60°C. It may seem like it would be scratchy, sometimes, because of the texture, but unlike wool it doesn’t give you the itches. The results of softening depend on how the linen fabric was originally manufactured. Weight can be a factor of how firm the fabric is, but you can speed up the softening process without damaging the fabric.
Perfect mug coasters for your table by Linentextile.
Before washing your linen, always check the manufacturer's suggestions for care. Most linen is best washed in cool or warm water in the gentle cycle and dried on low heat. If your linen has been pre-washed and preshrunk, you may be able to dry it on a higher heat setting. Feel free to machine dry your linen clothes or textile if you have one – just be sure to use cool temperatures and remove when still slightly damp, because over drying can make linen stiff and crackly. When removed from the dryer linen items can be hanged on a hanger or lied flat to fully dry.
Bedroom linen by CasaDeLinos
Traditional fabric softeners may not work well on linen fabric; plus, they may add a chemical residue or a scent that you don't want. An option for a natural fabric softening method is adding a solution of 1/2 cup of baking soda or 1 cup of vinegar to the wash. You can soak the linen overnight in a stronger solution of 1 cup of vinegar to 1 gallon of water before washing. Use dryer balls during the drying cycle, because once again, you're trying to increase friction.
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4 komentarai (-ų)

  1. It is so nice feeling to touch linen...

    AtsakytiPanaikinti
    Atsakymai
    1. That's true :) The best natural material I can say.

      Panaikinti
  2. Thank you so much for feature!
    very useful information!

    AtsakytiPanaikinti
    Atsakymai
    1. Thank you Kate. It's nice to hear that it's useful ;)

      Panaikinti

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