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How To Take Care Of Linen in Winter

How To Take Care Of Linen in Winter

Winter is here bringing with itself the aroma of the holiday season. It’s the season where homes smell freshly brewed coffee and delicious meals along with the joyful sound of unadulterated laughter. It is the season of showering some extra bit of love and affection to your loved ones. Now, while you are at it, why not extend that extra bit of care to another beloved member of your family too-your linens. Linen as a fabric embodies the elements of sophistication and finesse. Even while being used as a daily wear item it exudes a certain level of charm that is usually unmatched by other fabrics. Linen is almost like a gift that never stops giving. Despite its aura of refinement and elegance, it is one of the most “low maintenance” fabrics that are out there.

Caring for linen is not half as cumbersome as one would expect it to be. Its resilience is one of the reasons why the fabric has stood the test of time. From being donned by the Egyptian royalty to bringing the designer’s favourite in 2021, linen is a legacy in itself.
So let us help you to take care of this prized fabric

Washing and Drying Linen

Taking care of linens in winter isn’t a herculean task, even when it comes to washing and drying them. So, let us address the elephant in the room first. Do you need to dry clean your linen? Well given the exquisite finish of linen, it is easy to assume that they need to be tended by specialists and hence ought to be sent to dry cleaning. But let us break this myth for you. You don’t have to dry clean your linen wear. Yep, you heard it right. Contrary to the popular belief, linen is not high-maintenance at all. You can easily wash your linens at your home. 

Despite being low -maintenance, it is important to give linen the care and attention that it deserves. Make sure to go through the disclaimers and warnings on the label before washing the piece of fabric.
In general, linen can be both hands washed and machine washed. When opting to wash linen in a washing machine, make sure to separate the whites and also if possible separate the light coloured items from the dark hues. Opt for lukewarm water and a mild detergent.

For handwashing too, the mantra remains pretty much the same. Separate the hues and wash them gently in lukewarm water with a mild detergent. Avoid wringing or twisting as it can be detrimental to the linen fibre.

Talking about drying our linen pieces-for machine drying it is best to opt for a comparatively lower temperature. Air drying in fact is a better way to dry your linen apparel. Make sure to dry it in ample space to prevent any extra creases. 

Storing linen

Caring for linen doesn’t just stop at washing and drying them. Although linen is a quite resilient fabric, how you take care of it goes a long way in determining its longevity. While much is talked about how to wash and dry linen, comparatively less is discussed how it should be stored. Stuffing linen into a dark cupboard is probably the worst torture you can mete out to the fabric which craves a breathable environment. Store your linens in a cool, dry and breathable environment. Its inherent antibacterial qualities mean that you won’t have to obsess over moths and other insects ruining your favourite linen dress. 

While folding linen, it would be wise to be a tad bit mindful of the fold creases. Though we love the natural crimpling nature of linen, an obvious crease might steal away some of the charms of the fabric. So while folding them, it is a good idea to fold them across different lines so as to prevent the formation of deep creases.

So there you go your quick guide to taking care of linens in winter. Shower linen with the care and attention that it deserves and it will continue to make you look splendid and sublime for years to come


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