How To Care And Maintain Linen Clothes?

How To Care And Maintain Linen Clothes?

Imagine wearing a garment that feels like a gentle wind on your skin. That is the beauty of linen fabric: it is lightweight and airy. However, maintaining its ethereal grace needs more attention than other fabrics. 

Linen demands special care and maintenance since you may face challenges like:

  • It wrinkles easily
  • It shrinks when laundered or dried in high temperatures
  • Colors may fade, especially when exposed to sunlight

Maintaining linen's fantastic look and feel needs attention, expertise, and the right information.

In this guide, we will discuss effective linen maintenance and care techniques that will make your task easier and less time-consuming.

Washing and Cleaning Linen Clothes

With a little extra care, you can increase the lifespan of your linen clothes. Good-quality linen clothes last a long time if you pay attention to the washing instructions and do not overwash them.

Ready to step up your linen care? Let's learn how to hand wash and machine wash your linen clothes.

Washing Instructions: 

Machine Wash

  • Sort your linen. Do not wash dark and light colors together.
  • Read the label for care instructions and follow them.
  • Flip your linens inside out before washing.
  • Keep heavy fabrics away from your linen clothes when washing.
  • Do not overload the washing machine.
  • Choose a gentle cycle and the right water temperature (60 °C) for your wash.
  • Wash your clothes in lukewarm water. Avoid hot water to prevent the fabric from shrinking and weakening.
  • Give your fabrics a rinse in cold water.
  • Take out the fabric from the dryer when it's still damp.
  • Finish by letting the linen air dry.

Hand Wash:

Washing your linen clothes by hand is a good idea, as it safely and easily removes dirt. Below is the step-by-step process for hand washing your linen.

  • Take a container and fill it with lukewarm water, as hot water can lead to shrinkage.
  • Pour a teaspoon of detergent into the water.
  • Dip the linen clothes completely into the water.
  • Whirl the clothes in water so the fabric soaks up the detergent, and let them remain there for 10-15 minutes.
  • Pour out the detergent water and fill it with clean water.
  • Rinse the linen clothes to get rid of the detergent.
  • Gently squeeze your linen items to get rid of extra water.
  • Don't twist them too hard because it might harm the fabric.
  • Dry the clothes away from the sunlight to help them retain their color for a long time.

Drying Methods: 

Linen is a natural fabric that requires delicate handling, particularly while drying. You must be extremely cautious because they get damaged easily.

Air Drying:

There are many ways to dry linen clothes, but the best is to let them dry in the air on their own!

If you don't have outdoor space, you can put it in a well-ventilated area indoors, which will work well too! 

You might be surprised at how quickly linen dries! It's made from natural fibers and has great moisture-absorbing abilities, which makes it one of the fastest natural fabrics to dry.

However, remember to hang your linen clothes away from sunlight to prevent color fading and damage.

Never store linen clothes until they have totally dried. Keeping them damp may trap moisture and harm the cloth.

Always wait for your linen dress to be completely dry before folding or hanging it in your closet. Hanging it while still wet can damage it, especially on the shoulders, unless you use a padded hanger to support its weight.

Machine Drying

Yes, you can place linen in the dryer to dry it. However, you should use the dryer only if you have no other options.

If you wish to tumble dry it, set your machine to the lowest temperature. Avoid drying it at temperatures above 90°F (30°C) as it would be too hot and harm the fabric or cause shrinkage.

After setting your dryer to the lowest temperature and drying, remove your linen clothing while they're still somewhat moist. This prevents over-drying, which can cause shrinkage.

Then, allow your clothes to air dry outside or in a room with sufficient ventilation. This will make it easier to iron them afterward because any wrinkles from machine drying will not set in the fabric.

However, you may notice that the care labels on your linen garments advise against tumble drying. It can be rough on this fabric and may damage the clothes if not done correctly or carefully.

Stain Removal: 

You can say goodbye to tough stains on your linen clothes. How? Let's find out.

  • For delicate linen clothes, start by removing stains from the inside. This protects the outside of the garment.
  • Remove stains immediately so they do not sink deeply into the fabric, making it difficult to remove later.
  • Rinse the stained area with cool water, and if there is a wine spillage, opt for sparkling water.
  • For stubborn stains, gently rub dish detergent on the spot. Remember to rinse it with water afterward.
  • Mix baking soda with a few drops of white vinegar for very stubborn dry patches. Then, blot with a paper towel to absorb any excess moisture.
  • Before treating stains, always check a hidden area to avoid unexpected reactions. Use diluted bleach to remove stains and brighten clothes.
  • Avoid using undiluted bleach on linen clothing, especially if it is a white shirt. It can weaken the fabric. If you have to use bleach, dilute it with at least two parts water to one part bleach.

Ironing and Pressing Linen Clothes

After washing, the next step is to remove the wrinkles from the clothes, giving them an elegant look every time you wear them.

Ironing Tips

Ironing linen clothes is essential for keeping them looking good and lasting longer.

Technique to iron Linen clothes

Following the proper technique to iron your linen clothes gives you extraordinary results.

  • Prepare the ironing area: Make sure your ironing board is clean and has padding. If you use a steam iron, fill it with water.
  • For delicate linen clothes: Cover delicate or embroidered linen clothes with a clean pressing cloth to shield them from direct heat.
  • Iron sections one by one: Begin with the back, then progress to the sleeves, front, and collar.
  • Concentrate on collars, cuffs, and seams: Iron them carefully to ensure they are straight and smooth. Glide down the seams for a crisp finish.
  • For a smooth, wrinkle-free look: Hang or fold your ironed linen clothes immediately after ironing.

Appropriate temperature for ironing linen

When ironing linen, it is critical to select the appropriate iron temperature. Consider the following suggestions.

Linen can withstand high temperatures, but too much can scorch or turn it yellow.

For most linen textiles, use the iron's medium to high heat setting (230 °C / 445 °F).

When ironing, thicker linen requires more heat than lighter materials. Test on a small area first to avoid damage.

Steam vs. Dry Ironing

Iron your linen while it is somewhat moist. Using a steam iron rather than a dry one is preferable because steaming offers numerous advantages.

Removes Creases: Steaming makes your garments smooth by relaxing the fabric and removing wrinkles with minimal effort. It helps your garments return to their original shape, allowing you to style them effortlessly.

Fresh Texture: Steaming your linen at home saves money on maintenance while keeping your items fresh between washes and wearing.

Convenience: Steaming is faster and easier than dry ironing because it requires no additional equipment or temperature adjustments. Hang up the linen garments and let the steam do its work.

Storage and Care Tips

Clothes will enhance your good looks only when you take care of them and their storage place. Not just washing and ironing but properly storing linen dresses is also very important.

Folding vs. Hanging

Hang your linen garments neatly to ensure they look fantastic when worn to gatherings. The ideal way to hang them is with padded hangers. This helps prevent creases and reduces any stretching of the fabric.

Here is how you can fold linen clothing. First, fold each in half lengthwise. Then, tuck the sleeves in so they are flat against the sides. Finally, fold the garment in half again to make it roughly half its original size.

However, it is always better to hang your linen clothes if you desire perfectly smooth, wrinkle-free clothes.

Moth Protection

Did you know some bugs eat and chew through fabric? Moths are one such example; they can destroy your clothes. Let's find out how to protect your garments from harmful moths. 

  • Use a vacuum cleaner to keep your closet clean.
  • Wash or dry clean your garments more frequently.
  • Wash your seasonal garments before storing them.
  • Hang small sachets containing herbs like thyme, lavender, rosemary, and bay leaves to keep moths away.
  • Use cedar products like sachets, wood, and hangers to remove moth larvae and infestations.
  • Place moth traps on the back of shelves and the top of your wardrobe to catch moths. 

Related Article: Why Linen Clothing Is Great for Summer Days


If you prefer your linen clothes to be elegant and neat, maintain them well, and they will continue to look great for years to come, making them a timeless addition to your dress collection.

Treat your linen clothes carefully, and they'll last a long time!

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