Pure linen is not difficult to look after and it is not compulsory to iron it! Here are some tips to get the best out of your linen which, with a reasonable amount of care, should last you a long time.

  • wash linen (linen is machine-washable) rather than dry cleaning it, as washing makes linen softer, more absorbent and stronger
  • wash before use
  • wash on 30ºC or 40ºC, with like colours, using a gentle detergent avoiding brightener and bleach
  • wash colours (including pale colours such as cream) using a colour-care detergent
  • use fabric conditioner
  • launder stains while still fresh
  • use a gentle spin cycle
  • hang dry (tumble drying is not recommended) and iron whilst damp with a clean iron
  • iron dark linens on the reverse side only and use a cloth when ironing over delicate/embroidered items
  • ensure your linen is clean before storing as soiled linen encourages mildew
  • store in a cool, dry, well-ventilated area
  • do not store linen in synthetics, plastic bags, cedar chests or cardboard boxes
  • when storing for a long time refold the linen occasionally