Linen care tips from LinenKids

Linen is a beautiful and durable fabric that is made from fibers of the flax plant. You probably have some fabrics made from linens at home such as clothing, bed and bath time linens or home textile. Hope you have find something special for your kids at LinenKids store as well.

For thousands of years – long before any dry cleaners – linens have been around and successfully cared for. Have you ever heard that linen fabrics are much stronger and smoother than cotton? While linen is 2 to 3 times stronger than regular cotton, LinenKids recommend you to take certain but simple measures to care for your linen fabrics to last a long time. The most important rule for linen care is to use the manufacturers care recommendations as linen fabrics have different dyes, textures and weaves. Therefore, you should always look on LinenKids items’ label, where you will find linen item care instructions indicated.

People are often intimidated by linen due to the misconceived notion that it is difficult to care for. We will reveal for you that linen does not have to be treated in any special way and ironing is not obligatory!

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Few tips for LinenKids fans how to care for Linens:

Linen will be even better after the wash and washing linen textiles is not difficult at all!

LinenKids uses and recommends washing rather than dry cleaning for linen clothes, bed and bath time linens. Dear Linens Fan, do not forget – washing is recommended because the more linen is washed, the softer, more absorbent and more luminous it becomes. For linens you can use either hand or machine washing, but observe the following tips:

  • Be gentle when laundering linen: use a gentle wash cycle or hand wash and use just a little gentle soap. Do you have delicate, embroidered or fringed linens? Put them in a lingerie bag or a pillow case before putting them into a washing machine and it will be safely washed. We recommend cool to warm, not hot, water. For colored linens cool water is recommended.

  • You should notice that it is important to wash in a machine that is not fully loaded (the more water the better).

  • If care instructions provide for both dry cleaning and washing the choice is entirely yours. If you prefer dry cleaning to laundering, turn to dry cleaners who work on the premises. It would be also a good idea to find out whether solvents are regularly changed.
  • LinenKids strongly recommend you to wash stains when fresh.
  • Never wash darker-colored pieces together with lighter-colored articles – if you do, you risk spoiling both.
  • Use oxygen bleaches (hydrogen peroxide) for white linen. LinenKids warns you – Chlorine bleaches can cause yellowing.
  • After washing, rinse very thoroughly. Removal of all soap will help prevent brown spots on linen, which are caused by oxidation of cellulose by residual soap.
  • LinenKids remember – do not soak, boil off, rub or wring out embroidered articles.
  • Some linen items need special treatment, for example these crocheted linen caps for kids: http://www.linenkids.com/accessories-linen-and-woollen-caps-c-31_43.html. They are machine washable, but to retain the shape of this crocheted linen cap, press it with a hot iron inside out while it is still damp, and tug on it gently into its previous form.
  • Please notice that 3-5% shrinkage may occur after the first wash for some linen items.
  • If you take your linens to an outside laundry, don’t forget to tell them that your articles are linen-made.

What about stains on Linen?

It would be ideal to soak your lovely linen item using a good detergent as soon as possible after something is split on it. Sometimes quick response can be impossible, so LinenKids reveals for you some tips for certain stains:

  • Ink stains – soak linen items in milk, or in soap-and-ammonia mixture, and rub the spot.

  • Blood stains – rinse your linens immediately in cold water.

  • Fruit, coffee, tea and chocolate stains – rub linen articles with alcohol, white vinegar and ammonia.

  • Candle wax – scratch off dried wax from linens, absorb residue with blotting paper and warm iron.

  • Greasy stains – rub the stains with ammonia.

  • Red wine stains – rub them immediately with sparkling water or white wine.

If stains do not disappear, LinenKids has tried the following:

  • Soaking the linen in a good washing detergent, or dissolving 3.5 oz. sodium borate in boiling water, then adding enough cold water to yield 1½ gallons, and letting soak for 1 hour.

  • One more time LinenKids remember you not to use chlorine bleach which may damage the fibers.

Hope this was useful and washing linens will not cause any problems. If you have any questions feel free to ask. LinenKids team will be glad to answer.

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