caring for Linen

Linen is unique in that it is often passed on to future generations, this is due to its easy maintenance and that it retains its special qualities throughout its life. In fact, the more you wash pure linen the better it becomes, provided the following guidelines are applied.

  • Household soap powders and liquid detergents are safe to use, but always test for colour fastness.
  • Avoid detergents containing Optical Brightening Agents (O.B.A)
  • Avoid the use of Bleach. Bleach can greatly degrade and weaken the natural fibres.
  • Stains are easily removed from linen because of its smooth surface. However some stubborn stains may require additional help.
  • White linen articles without any special finishes can be washed at temperatures up to 95 degrees, although in normal circumstances a 50 degree wash will suffice.
  • Linen with no special finish where it is colourfast at 60 degrees should be washed at temperatures no higher than 60, again a 50 degree wash is usually all that is required.
  • Linen that is colourfast up to 40 degrees should not be placed in a wash any higher than 40 degrees.
  • Any embroidered linen article that should be treated with care and hand washed or machine washed at temperatures no higher than 40 degrees.
  • In general terms we recommend a conventional machine wash, fast spin, no tumble drying and iron whilst still damp.


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