Simple Tips to Take Care of Your Linen Garments
Head of the Department
Department of Fashion Design
KCC Women’s College (Affiliated by Khulna University)
Linen fabric is made from the cellulose fibers that grow inside of the stalks of the flax plant; it is the most popular and oldest natural fabric for human being. Linen fabric breathes well; it is stronger than cotton fabric, and more difficult to weave.
We all love linen garments, because it is the most comfortable fabrics from all. Taking care of linen is easy.
How to take care of Linen Garments:
Now I will give the simple tips to maintenance or take care of your linen garments.
1. Washing Tips:
- At first check the washing instructions on the label of your linen clothing.
- Use pure soap or gentle detergent when laundering linens.
- Use only bleach free mild detergent.
- Do not twist the garment while washing.
- Use lukewarm or cool water only, never in cold or hot.
- For machine washing, use the ‘Gentle’ mode temperature only.
- Do not over load the machine.
- If you hand wash linen clothes, only use a gentle swishing motion – never wring, twist or scrub the fabric.
2. Drying Tips:
- While drying the clothes in a machine dryer, do not over dry them. Take them out while they are still a little damp and iron them.
- The best way to dry linen garments is to lay them on a flat surface and smoothened out.
- To keep white linens more white, try drying them in the sun.
- Never apply tumble-dry because it can over-dry the fibers and makes ironing more difficult.
3. Ironing Tips:
- If there is a need for ironing, iron your linen clothes while slightly damp.
- Iron on the wrong side first, then on the right side.
- While white linen is best ironed on both sides, it is best to iron dark linen on the wrong side only.
- After ironing or pressing, either hang it on a hanger or lay it on a flat surface until it is completely dry.
- For extra crispness, you may spray some starch on the garment before ironing it.
4. Storage Tips:
- Always launder or dry clean linen garments before storing.
- Avoid folding, and always try to hang them on hangers.
- Store in a cool, dry, well-ventilated area.
- If the stain is water based, try to blot the stain using a damp white napkin or cloth and then wash it gently using a mild detergent.
- If the stain is oil based, seek professional help. Never rub the area too hard as it will tend to destroy the fabric.
I am sure if you follow this easy guideline, you will be able to enjoy wearing your favorite linen garments much longer.
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