Caring for linen: How to keep your products looking beautiful
Linen is a natural fiber, like cotton, but it takes longer to harvest and make into fabric, as flax fibers can be difficult to weave. The fibers are extracted from the plant and stored for long periods of time to soften the fibers. Linen is a common material used for towels, tablecloths, napkins, and bedsheets. But, what is the best way to care for your own linen products to really get the most out of them?
It's a wonder why most of us don't know much about linen fabric as it's a common textile. It was once so popular that even now, well past the age of cotton and well into the era of artificial materials, all laundry is often referred to as linens.
It was once so precious that it was used for wrapping the bodies of mummies in Egypt, contributing to the preservation of these ancient treasures. Today, linen is used to make clothing, curtains, tablecloths, pillows, rugs, rope, and more. It's even blended with cotton to make the sturdy, paper-like substance that's used to create dollar bills.
Linen is notorious for becoming wrinkled. If you like the look and feel of linen clothing, you may want to have any iron handy to keep wrinkles at bay unless you want to embrace wrinkled material for a more casual look.
When ironing linen, use a high heat on your iron and a touch of spray starch. Laundry starch is a spray typically made from water and cornstarch. The product adds body and crispness to fabric, defends against stains and pilling, reduces static, and makes ironing easier. This will get you smooth and crisp results.
Even after irong, once you wear your linen garment, it's bound to get at least a little wrinkly. Be sure your linen clothing is completely dry before wearing, as wrinkles can be even more exaggerated when the material is damp, plus, it just won't feel as good!
If machine washing your towels, wheat bag cover or eye pillow cover, use a delicate or short cycle with lukewarm or cold water. You will extend the life of the fabric if you hand-wash your linen clothing in cold water. Steer clear of harsh laundry detergents when washing linen items; it is also better to use a mild detergent for delicate fabrics.
Avoid tumble drying your covers and towels; air drying is best for longevity. Use a hot iron on non-printed areas when dry.
If you are wanting to wash your wheat bag cover - remember not to wash the inner bag with wheat grain inside! These aren't washable and could seriously compromise the quality of your product.
Linen can get musty just sitting behind closed doors. Proper air circulation can help fight humidity and stagnation. Ventilated shelves can go a long way towards encouraging airflow.
To combat the linen-devouring insects, make sure everything you store in your closet has been laundered (moth larvae like to feast on keratin; a protein found in our hair, nails, and skin). And for extra protection, add cedar blocks or lavender sachets to your closet. Moths hate their scents, but humans tend to enjoy them.
We really hope that you enjoy your linen products from Blasta Henriet. We use linen for all our fabric products including our wheat bags, eye pillows, wash bags, towels and, soon to be released our eye masks.
If you have any more queries about how to look after your products or indeed about how to use them, we are always happy to talk and you can reach us through email, through our website or through Facebook and Instagram.
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