Scientists and doctors suggest to change bed linen every or every other week. With atopic dermatitis or serious allergies, this frequency should be increased even twice.
Why is it so important? Bedding is a habitat of mites, our epidermis, as well as the hair of pets who sneak stealthily under the duvet or on a pillow. In addition to that, new fresh and fragrant bedding is an extremely pleasant companion for falling asleep, and the smell of lavender oils makes us sleep and soothes the senses.
You have repeatedly asked us on Instagram about how to wash linen bedding. We have decided to create a comprehensive guide in which we will answer the most common questions.
A FEW WORDS ABOUT LINEN BEDDING
As a reminder and to summarize the entry that appeared not so long ago on our blog – we have prepared for you a collection of the most important features of linen bedding. Thanks to them, it will be easier for you to understand the requirements of the fabric. Moreover, we are convinced that over time you will know the rules of caring for linen by heart, and many of the following steps you will do instinctively.
- linen bedding is durable and resistant to all the steps of linen care. So when you buy a linen tablecloth, linen curtains or linen pillowcase, you get a fabric that will serve you for years,
- this natural fabric has anti-bacterial and anti-allergic properties,
- linen bed linen has a so-called ability to thermoregulate, thanks to which our body does not overheat in summer and does not cool in winter,
- linen fibers make the fabric delicate, subtle and the more often you use it. . . it becomes more pleasant for your body.
HOW TO WASH LINEN BEDDING?
Whether it‘s a sheet, duvet cover or pillowcase – linen washing does not cause damage to the fiber or weave. Moreover, for the correct washing of the fabric we do not need a specialized, expensive laundry machine – all the care activities you can do in the comfort of your own home.
So if you plan to do your first linen laundry, read the 5 tips below that are based on your questions, which are often asked on our instagram.
Tip I: Avoid mechanical washing. If you have the option to wash linen fabrics by hand – choose this option. However, when you decide to machine wash, choose the most delicate program.
Tip II: Wash linen in cool water – maximum of 30°C or 40°C. Higer temperature may cause the fabric to shrink slightly (up to 10%), which is especially significant in the case of linen curtains or bedsheets.
Tip III: Avoid strong, chemical detergents. Firstly, their use is extremely harmful to our planet, and regular use of such invasive products negatively affects the state of Polish waters. Secondly – some chemicals can cause discoloration of the fabric.
Also, remember that fabric softeners are dedicated for synthetic materials – do not use them when you are washing linen products!
Tip IV: Avoid the tumble dryer – using it too often, can cause the fabric to shrink. Air drying will work much better – e. g. on a string suspended on a balcony or terrace. Fresh air will not only add a pleasant smell that will wrap us up to sleep, but will also loosen the texture of the material. Remember that linen does not like to be over – dried – as a result of such action, the fabric becomes more brittle and less durable.
Tip V: You know that we love this natural crease effect, so we always recommend you to avoid classic ironing. Crease is one of the most unique and expressive features of linen – so it is so often used in rustic arrangements. However, if you prefer a smooth and elegant effect – iron linen bedding only when it is damp.