People have appreciated linen clothes for many thousands of years. Made from the fibres of the flax plant, linen is a natural fabric with its own set of unique properties.
- Absorbency. Linen can absorb up to 20% of its weight in moisture. It draws heat away from the body, keeping you cooler in the warmer months and gives warmth during the cold months of the year. It has great thermoregulation.
- Strength. It is the second strongest fabric after the silk. Linen is about 30% stronger than cotton, making linen fabrics durable for several decades
- Thermoregulation – It draws heat away from the body, keeping you cooler in the warmer months and gives warmth during the cold months of the year. it has great heat conductivity. This makes linens highly desirable for sheets, clothing, and drapery in warm climates.
- Comfort. Being a natural fibre it is really cosy and comfy to wear.
- Great abrasion resistant. As linen is good in strength, it also has good abrasion resistance.
- Antiallergic – because of the natural flax, there are no allergic reactions using linen and hence it is helpful in treating a number of allergic disorders.
- Not electrifying. Since line is made of flax, even a small addition of flax fibres to a cloth is sufficient to reduce or eliminate the static electricity effect.
WASHING YOUR LINEN CLOTHING
- Since harsh treatment can easily damage linen Always wash your linen on the gentlest wash cycle available or preferably by hand.
- Use a gentle, non-astringent detergent. Avoid the use of fabric softener.
- Even if the fabric is stained, bleach should not be used since bleach weakens linen fibres and can degrade the colours of dyed linen.
- Coloured linen and white linen must never be washed together, and linen should not be cleaned with other fabrics.
- To prevent linen items from getting tangled and stretched or pulled, washing machines should be only partially filled, leaving enough room for the fabrics to move freely.
- The more water the better. As linen is highly absorbent, it soaks up more water during the wash cycle than most other fibres and therefore washes better when the washing machine is not too full.
- Fir the same reason , if you hand wash, avoid wringing the fabric, which will twist the fibres.
- Never dry clean or tumble dry your linen clothing
DRYING YOUR LINEN CLOTHING
- Linen dries really quickly. Is important to dry your clothes on the shade to avoid fibre damages as fade.
- Placing linen to dry on a flat surface is preferable, as it lowers the chance a crease will form in the fabric.
- Linen does not require ironing but if you do decide to iron it 100% use the highest temperature with a hot steam iron when it is still slightly damp.