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Things to know about linen

 

  • Only fabrics with linen in the warp and in the weft can be labeld as 100 % linen or pure linen.
  • The name "halflinen" is only valid for fabrics which include a minimum amount of 40 % linen.
  • Linen is thermo-regulating, nonallergenic, antistatic and antibacterial. Because it can absorb up to 20 times its weight in moisture before it feels damp, linen fabric feels cool and dry to the touch. The durability and strength of the linen fabric when wet make it react well during the painting process. The fibers have a hollow core which wicks moisture away and helps to keep mold and fungus from growing between the layers of paint.
  • Linen has high air permeability and heat conductivity properties. Heat conductivity of linen is five times as high as that of wool and 19 times as that of silk.
  • Linen is helpful in the treatment of some neurological ailments. It is effective in dealing with inflammatory conditions, reducing fever and regulating air ventilation.
  • The natural fibre linen does not cause allergic reactions and is helpful in treating a number of allergic disorders.
  • Linen rejects dirt and does not get teaseled.
  • Linen is highly hygroscopic. It is capable of absorbing and yielding moisture. It has been established that before giving a feeling of being wet, linen cloth can absorb as much as 20% of its dry weight.
  • Flax has some inherent ecological characteristics: all parts of the plant are used (there is no waste) and are 100% biodegradable or recyclable. Flax has grown for thousands of years, and always with great respect for the environment. Few or no fertilizers and/or pesticides are being used compared to other crops. Flax does not require irrigation during the growing process. The flax plant is gentle on the land and is easy to incorporate into modern crop rotation cycles. The processing of flax needs very little energy and does not harm nature.

 

Wash and care

  • In any case, gentleness is the key word when washing linen. Linen needs a lot of water while washing because the fibre has to have the possibility to swell up and linen can absorb many times the amount of water of its own weight.
  • So it is necessary to fill up the washing mashine just with half volume. Fact is - the more linen is washed, the softer and smoother it becomes.
  • Water-saving programms should NOT be used for linen.  If you wash a big peace of linen and the volume needs more than the half of the washing mashine (for example big curtains, table-clothes,..) it is generally advised to soak in cold water a few hours and then wash it in the mashine.
  • Wash coordinated items together, preferably on the reverse side.  You always should wash the fabric flat (and not folded)!
  • Select a warm-water and a moderate spin-drying programme. If you use low spin-dry tours ironing will be much easier and furthermore the fibres will be protected.
  • Linen can be dried in various ways: line-dried, in the dryer (only if recommended) or wrapped in towels.
  • Products with fringes or very sensitive products please put them in a laundry bag or a pillow cover for washing.
  • Whether washed by hand or machine, always rinse linen well, to prevent oxidation stains.

Washing temperature for dyed linen
Wash dyed linen with maximum of 40 ° C.
If the fabric is vegetable dyed please use maximum 40 ° C. 

Washing temperature for natural and white linenWe recommend 60°C washing temperature.
If necessary the natural and white linen can be washed with 95 ° C.
Use a specific detergent for coloured items without bleachers. We recommend liquid detergent or neutral soaps.
Natural linen will get lighter while usage through sun light and from the bleachers in the detergent.

Ironing:
As a basic principle: Iron the linen with highest temperature while it is still damp. Together with steam ironing is easy and gives excellent results.
Dark coloured linen, linen with embroideries or with special processing - iron just on the reverse (left) side to avoid pressure marks and shiny patches. Be sure the soleplate of your iron is clean and smooth.

Tips for linen care –  Light Curtains:
If you wash it with 40 ° C the fabric will shrink about 4 % and the optic will change a bit - the fabric will get tighter. If you clean by dry-cleaning the optic remains unchanged.
OUR RECOMMENDATION IS: Wool scouring with 30 ° C and the shrinkage is only 0 - 2 % and the optic remains also unchanged! Linen is antistatic and rejects dirt.  So you have to wash the curtain not very often. Also shaking out and soft suction are reliable possibilities to clean it. Because of the light fabric structure the ironing is very easy.

What could happen if the dealing with linen is incorrect:
If you wash the linen with too less water it rubs itself. The development of peeling (knots) on the surface is the result. This is a mechanical damage which can NOT be well done any more and it will shorten the life. Dry cleaning is possible but it will also shorten the life of the fabric. High spin-dry tours benefit the development of peeling.