Secrets in Caring for Linens
We know linen.
And, quite frankly, it’s incredibly easy to care for. One step further…you can change up the look just based on how you care for it.
Here’s the “secret sauce” in getting the best out of your linens.
A few quick facts to get a little baseline data. First, like a cotton, it can shrink. We prewash our linens to mitigate that, and you can also take a few steps to help your linens out.
Linen is pretty durable. Flax is more of a northern climate plant vs. cotton which is more of a warmer climate plant. It will do just great in your regular laundry.
Also, its quick drying. (key point)
And…a great choice for travel or warm weather. The fibers in linen have a “wicking” element which pulls moisture from your body. Given how quickly it can dry, plus that tendency to shrink, air drying is best bet. (but I still just toss it in the dryer on low or no heat and am fine)
Here’s our approach:
- Avoid hot water. Go for either warm or cold water (best)
- If a darker color, stick with cold to avoid fading
- Actually, let’s make this simple…stick with cold for linen
- Gentle cycle and wash linen alongside similar lightweight or delicate fabrics, which means…
- Avoid mixing heavy items like jeans, hoodies or towels in a load with linen clothes. (it’s like a classic wine, don’t toss some Sprite in there and mess it up)
- Use a mild detergent, the detergents for baby clothes do well
- Avoid the use of fabric softener, and
- Never use bleach, even if it's white.
Quick note…If you do need to brighten up white or light-colored linen clothes, use an oxygenated bleach. If it has yellowed from age or old stains, try Restoration Fabric Restorer. Pretty good bet it will safely and effectively bring the garment back to its original state.
Now for the most vexing question…iron it or “go natural”. This one is all about you. If you’re rolling to something a little more formal, like a beach wedding or something dressier, then hit it with an iron to “crisp” it up a bit. Or, pass on the ironing and let it be a little “rugged”. Same shirt, different look.
One exception to the above are linen suits and blazers. They have a bit more structure to them and benefit from the classic dry cleaning.
Feb 18, 2020
The Leap Year 29 Favorites about Key West.
Feb 13, 2020
The Key West President
Nov 04, 2019
Oct 29, 2019
Mile 0 Fest
Oct 20, 2019
Team: Lure for a Cure
Sep 04, 2019
Our Top 7 Spots to Enjoy a Cold Beer
Aug 09, 2019
Five Steps to Building the Perfect Rum Bar
Jul 21, 2019
Jun 30, 2019
And the Oscar Goes to….
Jun 19, 2019
"A Sunny Place for Shady People"
Jun 10, 2019
The Old Man and a Sea
Jun 07, 2019
Blame it on the “Amazon20” Discount Code…
Feb 16, 2019
Best Mojito in Key West…Seriously.
Feb 01, 2019
The Key West Songwriters Festival
Nov 22, 2018
Come on down!
Sep 26, 2018
…the rest of the story.
Sep 03, 2018
A jeep, a beach, a pooch and…
Jul 30, 2018
Apr 20, 2018
Conch Republic Independence...Backstory
Apr 13, 2018
The Key West Songwriters Festival
Mar 26, 2018
...better than no breath at all.
Mar 16, 2018
Toasts for St. Paddy’s Day…
Feb 19, 2018
Whew…this didn’t end well.
Dec 31, 2017
Numbers & Your Super Power
Dec 23, 2017
Dec 12, 2017
Let’s put the Rum in Pa-Rum Pum Pum Pum
Nov 22, 2017
Key West Get-A-Way
Nov 17, 2017
Put a Key West twist on your Thanksgiving Stuffing!
Nov 08, 2017
The 11th hour, of the 11th day of the 11th month…
Oct 23, 2017
Celebrate National American Beer Day, The Best Way
Oct 06, 2017
The Last Slice of Old Key West
Sep 14, 2017
Florida Keys-Verified Relief Organizations to Support
Sep 10, 2017
Irma, Harvey…and “One Human Family”
Aug 23, 2017
...found a new dive bar
Aug 03, 2017
The Zen of Surf Fishing
Jun 30, 2017
Why let summer end?
Jun 14, 2017
The Perfect Gift, For Even the Most Particular Dad
May 24, 2017
Our Favorite Schooner…
May 16, 2017
…our pup is off to school.
Mar 18, 2017
Mar 03, 2017
Nov 05, 2016
A Lesson in Valor…Thank You Ron.
Oct 05, 2016
It’s a tremendous team…
Sep 23, 2016
Our man behind the curtain...
Sep 15, 2016
Presidents Day Jump to Key West
Aug 18, 2016
… a “Band of Brothers” (and a few sisters)
Jul 11, 2016
... the three-legged wonder dog
Jul 01, 2016
It’s Gonna Get Rough
May 31, 2016
…found your sailboat, and a few “cudas”.