Caring for Your Linen Clothes

May 05, 2022

Are you wondering how to properly care for and clean any linen garments or items you own? If so, you’re in the right place! Check out the following tips for how to properly care for and clean your linen items to make sure they stay looking fresh.

How to Care for Linen Garments

Linen is known for its crisp, smooth finish and it is a popular spring and summer fabric. Unfortunately, with that crisp finish comes with the tendency to wrinkle easily, and manufacturers have responded by producing linen with blends of other fabrics to help make linens more wrinkle resistant. These blends offer two advantages over pure linen. The first is that they can retain crispness and the second is that they are softer and more comfortable to wear. Generally, blends are less expensive than pure linen.

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Linen blends often require special attention, based on the individual fabrics used in the blend. Be sure that you always check the care label carefully and care for the linen garment accordingly. Linen blended with polyester may respond very well to a washing procedure, while linen blended with silk usually requires dry cleaning.

One of the problems with linen is the removal of stains. For example, many napkins and tablecloths contain a high percentage of polyester, and these fibers attach themselves to oils and greases. If these stains are left on the fabric for some time before the article is washed, a yellow stain may appear.

In some cases, a linen article can be rejuvenated. Dry cleaning can be very effective in removing these stains. However, if the stain is left on the fabric for a long time, or subjected to previous washing and drying cycles, the stain may become permanent.

How to Clean Linen Clothing

In most cases, follow these tips when it’s time to clean your linen garments or items:

  • Linen can be washed, but it can shrink if it has not been pre-shrunk by the manufacturer. Always make sure to check the label before laundering.
  • If you decide to machine wash your linens, make sure that you use warm water and select a short, gentle cycle.
  • Always separate colors before washing because many linen items may bleed.
  • To dry your linen garments, place them on a clothing rack or hang them up using a hanger.
  • Have all pieces of your linen outfits dry-cleaned at the same time to avoid color discrepancies.
  • When pressing your linen garments, use a high temperature with a spray mist or damp cloth.
  • If your linen garments have already been treated with a wrinkle-resistant finish, make sure to use a lower setting when you are ironing the item.

If you have any questions, Utopia Cleaners is here to help! We happily serve customers in the Boston area, so be sure to bring your garments to us or schedule a dry-cleaning pickup and delivery today!