You might feel a bit uncomfortable putting your beloved Classic Dress to a washing machine, but linen fabric is very easy to take care of, so put the fear aside and follow our step by step guide to taking care of your linen dress.
Before rushing to your washing room, read carefully the label for care instructions, usually, the guidance is there, yet if you do not trust the label, basic knowledge will be of high value.
Please note, linen needs no complicated care, in fact, linen has been cultivated and used as a textile for thousands of years, long before the existence of dry cleaners or fancy detergents. In fact, it is such a natural, simple fabric that caring for it is simple too.
Before we begin, all our dresses are softened and pre-washed and ironed before they reach you. No chemicals are used in the production process, thus no harm can be made. We take beautiful care of all our dresses in our storage room, we pack them responsibly when shipping, thus we believe they are completely safe to wear them without washing. However, due to traveling, they might be wrinkled, thus we advise to sprinkle them with water and hang on a padded hanger or steam-iron before wearing to minimize the wrinkles!
High-quality linen can be both, hand washed and machine washed. In fact, you can even dry clean it. We’ve tried that with our dresses and they handled it very well. Though there is no special need for it. None of these methods will stretch or shrink your linens. If you do experience damage during wash, it may be related to the quality of the fabric or chemicals involved.
- Separate white, dark, and colored linens. For best results, wash separately from other fabrics. Do not mix it with heavy items like towels, denim to avoid any damage.
- Prepare the laundry by turning them inside out. Button up all the buttons and zip up the zippers.
- Make sure your laundry has enough space so it could rinse properly.
- Choose low temperatures and lukewarm waters (<40°C/104°F).
- Use the gentle machine cycle
- Use a mild detergent, meant for delicate fibers.
- Do not bleach. Bleach and detergents with optical brighteners tend to weaken the fibers and may cause discoloration.
- No need for the softener, since linen naturally gets softer with every wash, and stonewashed linen is already at its maximum softness, thus softener will only weaken the fibers reducing their absorbency and moisture-wicking properties.
- If you are scared to dye the white hems of your linen items, though this should not be the case since all our colors are fixed, however, using a dye trapping sheet while washing your dress might ease your discomfort!
- Even though tumble drying will make no harm to your linen items, it’s not worth it, since linen dries very quickly. Hang your linen dress on a patted hanger for drying to avoid wrinkles and even ironing! If you have no time for air drying, still, make sure you take your linen dress out still a bit damp for the final stage of drying on a hanger!
- Linen loves the iron, the question is for how long your dress will stay pressed, since linen, like any other natural fiber, has the tendency to wrinkle, crumple and crease! With linen, it’s easy, though, since the fact is universally accepted and carries no shame!
- If you really want an item pressed, give your linen item a good spritz with plain cool water or overlay it with a damp towel and let the moisture penetrate it. Set the medium-hot iron on the steam setting.
- White linen is better ironed on both sides, whilst dark linen should be pressed only on the reverse side.
Hand washing is recommended for clothes that are not heavily soiled, or for linen fabric with a loose weave. This might be more easily damaged during a machine wash. Fill a small container with lukewarm water and add about a teaspoon of mild detergent. Submerge the linen garment in lukewarm water and let it soak for about 10 minutes. Gently swish the item around, never wring, twist, or scrub as it can damage the fabric. Drain the soapy water and rinse repeatedly until the soapy is all gone. Do not wring linen to remove excess water. Carefully roll each item in a towel to remove moisture. Hang your linen dress on a patted hanger for drying to avoid wrinkles and even ironing!
We hope the fear of washing your linen dress is all gone! Feel the ease to select your favorite!