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Linen care tips

Linen is a beautiful and durable fabric that is made from fibers of the flax plant. You probably have some fabrics made from linens at home such as clothing, bed and bath time linens or home textile. Hope you have find something special for your kids at LinenKids store as well.

For thousands of years - long before any dry cleaners - linens have been around and successfully cared for. Have you ever heard that linen fabrics are much stronger and smoother than cotton? While linen is 2 to 3 times stronger than regular cotton, LinenKids recommend you to take certain but simple measures to care for your linen fabrics to last a long time. The most important rule for linen care is to use the manufacturers care recommendations as linen fabrics have different dyes, textures and weaves. Therefore, you should always look on LinenKids items' label, where you will find linen item care instructions indicated.

People are often intimidated by linen due to the misconceived notion that it is difficult to care for. We will reveal for you that linen does not have to be treated in any special way and ironing is not obligatory!

Few tips for LinenKids fans how to care for Linens:

Linen will be even better after the wash and washing linen textiles is not difficult at all!

LinenKids uses and recommends washing rather than dry cleaning for linen clothes, bed and bath time linens. Dear Linens Fan, do not forget - washing is recommended because the more linen is washed, the softer, more absorbent and more luminous it becomes. For linens you can use either hand or machine washing, but observe the following tips:

  • Be gentle when laundering linen: use a gentle wash cycle or hand wash and use just a little gentle soap. Do you have delicate, embroidered or fringed linens? Put them in a lingerie bag or a pillow case before putting them into a washing machine and it will be safely washed. We recommend cool to warm, not hot, water. For colored linens cool water is recommended.
  • You should notice that it is important to wash in a machine that is not fully loaded (the more water the better).
  • If care instructions provide for both dry cleaning and washing the choice is entirely yours. If you prefer dry cleaning to laundering, turn to dry cleaners who work on the premises. It would be also a good idea to find out whether solvents are regularly changed.
  • LinenKids strongly recommend you to wash stains when fresh.
  • Never wash darker-colored pieces together with lighter-colored articles - if you do, you risk spoiling both.
  • Use oxygen bleaches (hydrogen peroxide) for white linen. LinenKids warns you - Chlorine bleaches can cause yellowing.
  • After washing, rinse very thoroughly. Removal of all soap will help prevent brown spots on linen, which are caused by oxidation of cellulose by residual soap.
  • LinenKids remember - do not soak, boil off, rub or wring out embroidered articles.
  • Some linen items need special treatment, for example these crocheted linen caps for kids: http://www.linenkids.com/accessories-linen-and-woollen-caps-c-31_43.html. They are machine washable, but to retain the shape of this crocheted linen cap, press it with a hot iron inside out while it is still damp, and tug on it gently into its previous form.
  • Please notice that 3-5% shrinkage may occur after the first wash for some linen items.
  • If you take your linens to an outside laundry, don't forget to tell them that your articles are linen-made.

What about stains on Linen?

It would be ideal to soak your lovely linen item using a good detergent as soon as possible after something is split on it. Sometimes quick response can be impossible, so LinenKids reveals for you some tips for certain stains:

  • Ink stains - soak linen items in milk, or in soap-and-ammonia mixture, and rub the spot.
  • Blood stains – rinse your linens immediately in cold water.
  • Fruit, coffee, tea and chocolate stains - rub linen articles with alcohol, white vinegar and ammonia.
  • Candle wax - scratch off dried wax from linens, absorb residue with blotting paper and warm iron.
  • Greasy stains - rub the stains with ammonia.
  • Red wine stains – rub them immediately with sparkling water or white wine.

If stains do not disappear, LinenKids has tried the following:

  • Soaking the linen in a good washing detergent, or dissolving 3.5 oz. sodium borate in boiling water, then adding enough cold water to yield 1½ gallons, and letting soak for 1 hour.
  • One more time LinenKids remember you not to use chlorine bleach which may damage the fibers.

So many ways to dry Linen

As we mentioned before, ironing is not obligatory for linens, but once you decided to do so, LinenKids will tell you all ways to dry linen and here they are:

  • Line drying,
  • Machine drying ,
  • Rolling in terry towels,
  • Drying on the lawn!

Whatever method you use, bring the linen in while it is still damp. We do not suggest you to wring wet or damp linen before drying, it breaks the fibers.

You should not let linen dry completely. If you are going to iron – linen is much easier to iron while damp. If you dry linen completely in the tumble dryer it may appear to have drastically shrunk. The fibers have just been compacted together and will return to normal after a quick press with an iron (and a spray of water).

You can dry linen items in a dryer on medium heat. Notice, that hot cycles will shrink linen, so clothesline is recommended by LinenKids.

There is one more way of drying linen - stretch your items on the grass to dry them (hope you will be certain the grass is clean and the dog is tied).

LinenKids has tried Line drying as well, but this may leave dimples where the clothes pins were. The sunlight helps bleach white linens, helps kill bacteria and leaves them with a great, fresh smell.

Ironing Linen can be easy!

Ironing linen is not so difficult as many people think, especially now, when most of LinenKids items are made of softened linen. According to that ironing is often optional when dried flat or tumbled at low heat. When you decide to iron, take a note, that ironing is easier if you do it when the linen is damp.

LinenKids has noticed ironing dry linen is more difficult and requires more effort. There is one trick which you can use if you can't get your linens while they are still damp, put them in a plastic bag in the refrigerator before ironing. This will make them easier to iron and will prevent mildew.

It is also recommended to use spray starch and iron with lots of steam. We suggest to iron at a medium-to-hot setting.

Linens should be ironed on the wrong side first, after that on the right side. Do not iron dark linens on the right side. For heavier fabrics we are using slightly higher temperature setting. Even if pure linen can withstand the highest temperature setting on your iron, it is better to test an inconspicuous corner first.

LinenKids never iron linen until it is dry, usually we iron until smooth, then hang the linen item and let it dry.

LinenKids has plenty of embroidered linen items, and here are some tips for embroidered linen ironing: keep the embroidery stitches rounded and dimensional by pressing item on the wrong side atop a soft towel. Use a press cloth to safeguard delicate lace and cut work. A press cloth also helps to avoid press marks over seams, hems and pockets.

Linen clothes are so comfortable during your holidays. In case it wrinkles when traveling, do not try to steam out wrinkles, it should be pressed out with an iron, do not forget to dampen linen first for easy ironing.

Tips for storing Linen

Never be afraid to take linen clothes when traveling, LinenKids believe linen items will be your favorite! Here are some tips for storing linen. You should always clean linen items before storing, good ventilation is also very important to avoid mildew. Hope you will never discover mildew, but in case you will, brush the mold off outdoors to avoid scattering spores in your house. Then soak the linen item in a weak solution of hydrogen peroxide and water before laundering. Wash as we recommended before and dry in the sun, finally store in a cool, dry, well-ventilated area and you will forget mildew.

If you decide to wrap your linen items, use bags of cotton, muslin or even better – bags of linen. Have you noticed that all LinenKids items are packed into beautiful LinenKids linen bags? Yes they are!!! So no more worries about linen packing with LinenKids!

When you are moving from one place to another, pack linens using a box that isn't too large or too small to hold your linen items. LinenKids don't recommend you to crowd your linens. To start with packing into a box, lay a sheet of clean tissue paper on the bottom of the box. Follow that with a single layer of linens. Continue alternating tissue paper and linens until the box is full. It is important to fill any gaps on the sides of the box with tissue paper to help hold the linens in place while you move.