More and more often, our inbox and our social media profiles are filled with questions related to the proper care of linen fabrics. Next to them, the most frequent issue is the right frequency of changing bed sheets and towels. We admit that this particular topic is shrouded in myths and we have already encountered many (extreme) theories. That is why we have gathered our tricks in one place, thus making it easier for you to wash, iron and keep linen products. This is extremely important if we want to preserve the most valuable properties of the fabric – from its durability to delicacy, long-lasting freshness and antibacterial properties, which are so appreciated by allergy sufferers.
HOW TO CARE FOR LINEN?
However, let’s start with a handful of the most important tips that will tell you how to properly care for linen fabrics – regardless of whether we are talking about linen tablecloths, linen sheer curtains or linen napkins.
Linen is an extremely grateful material – if properly cared for, it reciprocates its durability, thanks to which the product will stay with us for many years. All this goes hand in hand with ecological production and biodegradability resulting from the natural origin of the fabric. Knowing these most important values, we must remember to wash linen products separately, taking care not to accidentally put a colored sock or your favorite sweatshirt into the washing drum, which may discolor the natural or white shade of linen. When washing bedding, it is also recommended to turn it inside out, and then select a gentle cycle (recommended washing temperature is 30, max 40 ° C).
We also advise you to give up bleach or invasive products, replacing them with soap, natural liquids or classic powder. We should set aside softening liquids, which are dedicated to synthetic fabrics and can be too invasive in the case of natural fabrics.
An alternative to this method can be a tumble dryer, which is best for products made of stonewashed linen. However, it is worth remembering that this option is a last resort, because an improperly selected drying program may cause the fabric to shrink, thus shortening the life of the linen fibers.
While we are personally enthusiasts of the slightly creased effect that accompanies linen fabrics, we know that many of you prefer the effect of an elegant and ironed form. It is therefore a good idea to iron products while they are still slightly damp, by setting the iron to a high temperature. Keep the ironed and folded, for example, linen sheets or linen towels in the wardrobe, ensuring constant air circulation.
HOW OFTEN SHOULD YOU CHANGE THE BED SHEETS AND TOWELS?
There are currently different theories about the appropriateness and frequency of changing pillowcases and towels. Most often it is recommended to change bedding at least 1-2 times a month, depending on the needs of our skin. If we share a bed with a furry friend or suffer from a chronic skin disease, this frequency should be increased, even 1-2 times a week. Remember that changing bedding is of great importance for our health, because an inappropriate environment is conducive to the multiplication of mites.
Linen bedding has the advantage of bactericidal properties, which reduces the risk of microbial formation. Towels – due to the humid environment – should be changed at least once a week.