Our Top Ten Tips on How to Best Care for Your Linen.
Linen is a grateful and easy natural fibre that ages more slowly than other textiles. It becomes more beautiful over time, if you care for it well. Here are our top tips on how to take care for and wash your linen. All our linen is marked with the Good Environmental Choice label (Bra Miljöval) because of its durability and environmentally friendly processing.
Soak the new linen in lukewarm water for about 20-30 minutes before washing it. This prevents breaks on the fibre and contributes to more water in the washing machine.
2. BE GENEROUS WITH THE WATER AMOUNT
All new linen release excess fibre in the beginning that needs to be flushed out in the wash. Set the machine on the program with the most generous amount of water, do not choose an eco-program. Add extra rinse if possible and wash at 60 degrees. Wash linen separately, do not mix with other materials as lint it can be released onto other items.
We recommend hand wash or wool program for our linen curtains. The curtains softens with time, but washing will speed up the process. For those who wish to maintain the stiffness of the curtain, we recommend airing.
4. STAIN TREATMENT
Treat spots as soon as possible. Bile soap or linseed oil soap works on most stains. Never use bleach on linen! Red wine stains are treated with boiling water. Pour the water through the stain with a bowl underneath.
5. SPIN & TUMBLE
Lower or remove the spin completely if possible. We do not recommend tumble drying as it shortens the life span of the linen but if you still want to do this to get a softer finish, don’t let it dry completely, a few minutes in the dryer before hanging it is usually enough.
6. IRON & MANGLING
Stretch the linen after wash and hang it to dry. Mangle or iron well dampened on high temperature. Our iron- and mangel-free collections Våga, Bubbel, Snäckskal and Storm looks best if they’re stretched out and then hung or dried flat.
7. CLEAN THE FILTER
Be sure to clean the filter of the washing machine from any lint after washing linen. Always read the operating instructions for your washing machine to find out where the filter is installed and how to clean it.
8. ONLY WASH WHEN IT’S DIRTY
Linen has a smooth surface that repels dirt and stays clean longer than other textiles. The fact that it dries quickly reduces the risk of bacterial growth, which keeps it fresh for longer. So don’t wash when it’s not necessary.
Do not wash fabric for upholstery. An unwashed fabric respells stains better and keep its shape longer.
10. LIVE WITH IT
Finally, we would like to quote our designer and linen expert Ingela Berntsson:
Live with linen; enjoy it! The more you use it; the lovelier it becomes!