Linen can be laundered with confidence. With a minimum amount of proper care, the natural beauty of linen is easily maintained. Linen increases in strength when wet, which is why it stands up to the rough and tumble of repeated laundering so well. Linen is a strong natural fiber. Irish linen wears extremely well and is able to maintain its special qualities throughout its long life through normal household use. The more linen is washed the softer and more luminous it becomes.
Avoid any detergents with optical brightening agents (whitening agents) as they may cause colors to alter and on damask patterns can detract from the appearance of the subtle white linen damask pattern. When washing colors, check that your detergent does not have whitening agents. Please avoid using bleach. Misuse can significantly degrade and weaken the fibers.
Washing Your Linens
Machine wash in warm (not hot) water on gentle cycle. You may use any mild detergent or soap. Use enzyme reactive stain removers only. Do not use chlorine, bleach, stain removers or detergents with lighteners. Never pour detergent or soap directly on your textiles. Do not use fabric softeners. These only coat the fibers and make them "appear" to be soft.
- Unfold your linens completely before washing.
- Wash dark colors separately from white colors.
- Do not overload the machine.
- Wash your linens at a maximum of 40°C or 104°F (Warm water generally between 110 and 90 degrees Fahrenheit (43.3-32.2 Celsius)).
- Linen where colors are fast at 40°C or 104°F.
- Fine hand-embroidered linen needs to be treated with care and should be hand washed or machine washed at 40°C or 104°F.
- Use a mild soap.
- Avoid chlorine bleach.
Drying Your Linens
Ironing Your Linens
Always iron linen when damp as this is the ideal time to press them, however, if not possible, let them air dry. If you smooth the wrinkles out at this point, the pressing becomes even easier. Press on the underside, using a well-padded ironing board and a clean iron. Iron with steam on slightly damp linen (best the inside of the fabric). There is no need to use starch except perhaps for the finest linens, for linen has built-in crispness. If the linen has already dried out before ironing, use a water spray to re-dampen it. A good steam iron will work best on linen.
Storing Your Linens
Use these wash and care instructions to enjoy your linens for a long time to come.