Linen is relatively easy to take care of, since it resists dirt and stains, has no lint or pilling tendency. Linen textile is resistant to sunlight and practically does not fade. The absorbability in the event of high air humidity reaches up to 23%. Linen fabric absorbs moisture quickly and it also dries quickly due to its porosity. Linen fibers have poor elasticity and they do not stretch, explaining why linen fabrics wrinkles so easily. Nevertheless, the tendency to wrinkle is often considered part of linen’s particular “charm”, and many modern linen garments are designed to be air-dried on a good clothes hanger and worn without the necessity of ironing.
Linen is a very durable, strong fabric, and one of the few that are stronger wet than dry. However, because linen fibers have a very low elasticity, the fabric eventually breaks if it is folded and ironed at the same place repeatedly over time. Mildew, funguses, and perspiration can also damage the fabric, but it is resistant to moths. Linen fabric is biologically resistant to microbes.
Before sewing a product the linen cloth needs washing in order to avoid later shrinkage. Wash the linens in cool to 40 degree warm water. Higher temperatures can be used but the linen can shrink. We don’t recommend bleach or brighteners as they can damage any sort of fabric (bleaching weakens linen fibers and can degrade the colors of dyed linen). Pulling, wringing, twisting, and scrubbing will harm the linen fibers. Since harsh treatment can easily damage linen, the gentlest wash cycle available should always be selected. We do not recommend tumble drying. Always iron linen while still damp. While using a steam iron or ironing a damp cloth at high temperature the surface of the linen fabrics becomes smooth. Linen fabric dries quickly. When you leave linen products damp and unfolded, the moisture stains can occur. Acids, bases and brighteners damage linen. It is best to not fold linen garments when they are put away, since linen with folds, creases, or other marks is likely to wrinkle or deform and lose its shape.
Store your linens in a cool, dry place; avoid plastic bags, cardboard boxes and cedar chests.
Why choose linen products?
– Linen is hypoallergenic, anti-allergenic, anti-bacterial, and anti-stress. Linen has been known to be tolerable for those with allergies and to soothe skin conditions. Linen is not prone to static-electricity buildup.
– The thermal conductivity of flax fiber is twice as high as of wool and 20% higher than of cotton, furthermore the linen has a good moisture absorbency and it dries fast. Linen is a natural insulator. It is valued for its ability to keep cool in the summer months and trap warmth in colder weather. That’s why you feel comfortable and sweat less while wearing linen clothes in warm weather.
– Linen is known to be the world’s strongest natural fiber. It is thicker than cotton and linen fiber has variable lengths, most of which are very long. This contributes to strength, which contributes to longevity. Linen lasts a lifetime. Unlike other fabrics, linen actually becomes stronger with each wash. That means you can machine wash your linen sheets as often as you want without fear of the fabric wearing out. Linen is resistant to thermal treatment, it becomes less soiled and does not turn yellow in the course of time.
– Depending on the weather, the pectins in linen can retain water or repel it – up to 20% of their weight – without feeling damp to the touch. Linen is known to gain strength when wet. It has the natural ability to prevent bacterial growth. Linen towels can absorb water up to 200% of its weight and they are lint-free.
– Linen fabric is most natural material for the human body.
Benefits of linen
Linen is a very durable fibre and has many benefits over cotton.
- Linen is 30% stronger than cotton
- Has a high moisture absorbency
- Highly breathable
- Structurally sound fibre so products keep their shape
- Environmentally friendly – less water and chemicals to cultivate