How To Wash Linen Sheets

  • Linen is a sturdy, durable and health-friendly organic material that is used to create various products, as well as bedding sets.
  • Linen sheets are considered high-quality and comfortable because they are breathable and very comfortable.
  • For a full advantage and longevity of the linen sheets, it is important to know the basic principles on how to wash, dry and store them. Spoiler alert: it’s super easy!

Congratulations if you’ve finally made a smart decision and purchased the linen bedding! Linen is an organic and extremely durable material that contains natural fibers. Also, linen sheets, duvet covers, and pillowcases are exceptionally breathable – they absorb moisture perfectly and are very comfortable.

However, in order to take all the advantage of your linen bedding, there are some very important things you should know about washing the linen in general. Don’t worry – they are pretty straightforward!   

WASHING LINEN

Linen sheets can be hand-washed, washed in the washing machine or dry cleaned.

  • The best cleaning solutions for the linen are mild detergent or soap and a great amount of warm or cold water.
  • Whitening detergent could be used only for white linen.
  • First time washing linen in the washing machine? Put it separately from any other laundry, set the temperature of 30°C and make sure not to use any bleaching solutions. (I hope you remember to not to mix the dark and light clothes together?)
  • Water temperature for white linen fabrics can be up to 95°C, and for colored ones – up to 60°C (you don’t have to learn this by heart, simply follow the washing instructions of the items you wash).

TIP: When washing linen in the washing machine, do not overload it and make sure there is enough space for the linen sheets to move freely. Otherwise, it may become stripped.

Stains from the linen fabrics are easy to remove if they are noticed instantly. If not – take it easy, we’ve got you covered almost in any possible situation. Let’s get going:

Sugary drink. First, hand-wash the linen sheet with the cold water. After that, simply put in the washing machine as usual.

Chocolate. First, pre-wash the sheets with the warm water and the stain remover only. Then, wash it under regular washing cycle.

Candle wax. First of all, remove the wax from the sheet as much as possible. Then, cover the remaining stains with a napkin and iron it until the stains disappear (just a piece of tiny advice – do not light the candles in bed. It would be a shame if your fancy linen bedding set would go on fire).

Blood. Soak the linen sheets in the cold water for a while. Then – simply wash it in the washing machine.

Grass. Well, in this case, you will not get away without bleach. Bleach and washing machine should do a trick (for white linen fabrics only!)

Makeup. Rub the stains with a piece of soap or apply some stain remover. Let it sit for a couple of minutes and then put everything in the washing machine.

Mud. First, pre-wash the dirty sheets only with the warm water and the stain remover. Afterward – run the regular washing cycle!

Grease. Apply the stain with a stain remover generously. Then – move it to the washing machine!

TIP: In case the water you use for washing is limed, it is highly recommended to add some fabric softener, especially for the darker fabrics. 

DRYING LINEN

Linen sheets can be dried mechanically in the dryer or air-dried naturally. 

If you choose to air-dry your sheets, keep in mind a few things:

  • Linen dries very fast, therefore make sure they are still at least slightly damp when you hang them. If the sheets dry out completely before they are hanged, it can be very difficult to iron them later.
  • Do not spin the laundry in the washing machine before drying them to prevent creasing.
  • Direct sunlight is not recommended to dry linen sheets.

If you choose to simply drop the linen sheets in the dryer, make sure to set the right temperature. It is always better to choose medium or low heat when drying linen as it dries super fast!

IRONING LINEN

Although linen fabrics tend to crease quickly, they are pretty easy to iron (of course, if you know some life-hack tips):

  • Linen sheets are best to iron when they are still slightly damp. 
  • If the sheets are already dry – simply dampen them with some clean water before ironing. 
  • After the ironing process, leave the linen sheets slightly damp and hang them in a cool, dry and well-ventilated area so that they could air-dry themselves completely. 
  • The maximum ironing temperature is 200°C.

TIP: Iron the linen sheets on the inner side of the fabric to prevent the linen surface from becoming smooth, glossy, and discolored.

STORING LINEN

Linen sheets should be stored in a dry, well-ventilated area. It is not recommended to store them in plastic bags or carton boxes – try to look for the special clothes bags instead. 

All in all, linen bed covers are indeed one of the greatest investments in the quality of your sleep. Now that you also found out that linen is also easy to wash, dry, iron and store – you are left with no other choice but to get yourself a nice and comfy linen bedding set!

Frequently Asked Questions

Sure thing! However, keep in mind that water temperature for white linen fabrics can be up to 95°C, and for colored ones – up to 60°C only. In short – simply follow the washing instructions of the clothes carefully!

No. The linen tends to shrink, therefore clothes should be washed only in warm or cold water.

Make sure to wash it separately from any other laundry, set the temperature of 30°C and do not use any bleaching solutions.

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