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Looking after Your Linen Bedding

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Linen bedding is a luxury bedding choice that is increasingly popular. It looks wonderful whether freshly ironed and crisp, or rumpled and relaxed – pure linen bedding always looks sophisticated. We have a wide range of options available in various sizes, styles and colours. If you want a complete set, with the option to purchase pillowcases, flat sheets, fitted sheets and duvet covers – take a look at our Linen Bedding range available in white, dove grey, duck-egg or charcoal. If you are looking for just a duvet cover and pillowcases then we have even more options available including linen bedding in chartreuse, ecru, pale silver grey, mid grey, dark slate grey, coral or cornflower blue.

Linen fibres are both hypoallergenic and anti-bacterial – perfect for bedding. Linen bedding also has natural heat-regulating qualities which make it feel pleasantly cool on a hot day and warm in cooler weather. Quality linen bedding will soften with use and last for years as long as it is cared for – so in this blog we will take a look at the best way to care for your linen bedding.

Washing

Select a gentle wash at 40°C, (white linen can be washed at 60°C).
Do not overload the machine as linen items have to be thoroughly rinsed in plenty of water to remove all soap, detergent and residual soil and prevent the formation of the so-called age spots due to the oxidation effect of products.

Washing Detergents

It is important to select the proper washing agent. Many detergents today contain optical whitening agents that work well on white linens. However these are not recommended for coloured linens  as discoloring and spotting may result from it. When washing colours, check that your detergent does not have whitening agents, or choose a soap powder.
If you have hard water, with a high lime content, we recommend a softening agent, especially for darker colors.

Dealing with Stains

Try the following:

For ink stains: Soak in milk, or in soap-and-ammonia mixture, and rub the spot.
Blood stains: Rinse immediately in cold water.
Fruit, coffee, tea and chocolate stains: Rub with alcohol, white vinegar and ammonia.
Candle wax marks: Scratch off dried wax, absorb residue using blotting paper and a warm iron.
For grease spots: Rub with ammonia.
Red wine stains: Rub immediately with sparkling water or white wine.

If stains do not disappear, you can try 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 let soak for 1 hour.

NB: Never use chlorine bleach which may damage the fibers.

Ironing

Pure linen doesn’t have to be ironed but if you enjoy a crisp linen finish, try ironing whilst it’s still damp. First iron on the wrong side first, then on the right side to bring out the natural linen sheen. Iron dark linens on the wrong side only. If your linen has already dried out before ironing, lightly spray with water or Linen Water.

Drying

Air drying your linen is always recommended and better for the environment. However, if necessary, you can lightly tumble dry on a low heat then remove whilst slightly damp.

Shrinkage

One of the joys of pre-washed linens is that you won’t experience any first wash shrinkage. If you choose a linen that hasn’t been pre-washed, allow for 3-5%.

We also have a range of linen lounge-wear, nightwear and robes available to order online. Take a look at our Pinterest Board – Linen Bedding Etc – for more inspiring images of beautiful linen products.