Careing Linen Shirts
Linen clothing is perfect for humid, hot weather. The natural flax fibers help to wick moisture away from the skin. Linen clothes can be made from light to heavyweight fabrics and will wear well if handled correctly. Most linen clothing will shrink slightly so consider that as you purchase garments.
After linen is washed, it should not be dried on high heat which causes fibers to shrink together and break.
Air dry or tumble briefly on low heat. Linen should be ironed with a good quality steam iron while it is damp, if you choose to iron at all. The more often linen is worn and washed, the softer and more supple it will become. However, if you are looking for a crisp appearance, ironing is a must.
Follow these tips for successful ironing:
- Always iron linen while it is still damp. When ironing is complete, hang the garment in an uncrowded space to dry completely. Wearing it while damp will cause more creases.
- Use a steam iron and sprinkle on additional water if necessary to get a smooth finish.
- Press clothing on the wrong side to prevent shiny spots. This is particularly important with darker colors.
- Use spray-on starch or fabric sizing for areas like collars and cuffs that you want particularly crisp. The starch also helps to protect the linen from stains.
Linen clothes are made from a natural fiber from the stem of the flax plant. Linen is sturdy and durable, moth and perspiration resistant. Unlike cotton, linen is weaker when wet and prone to abrasion and should be cleaned with care.
Linen fibers can be weakened by chlorine bleach. Undiluted bleach should never be applied directly to the fabric - even if it is white. Dilute bleach solutions can be used safely on linen or cellulosic fibers for stain removal and whitening.
However, even dilute solutions will weaken fibers causing them to rip and wear out if used too often.
Fibers in clothes each react differently when treated with stain removal products and during laundering. Always read hang tags and labels before attempting to remove a stain.
Linen garments should be turned inside out before laundering. Use warm or cold water for washing and always rinse in cold water. Linen garments should be air dried or dried on medium heat in the dryer and removed while still slightly damp to avoid set-in wrinkles. Hang clothes immediately.
It is easier to iron linen garments while they are slightly damp. Extremely high temperatures when ironing can scorch linen fibers. The scorching or yellowing occurs as the fibers begin to burn. Burned fibers cannot be revived. Always be sure to use the correct iron temperature setting when pressing linen.
Linen @ Laundry
Careing considerations while using Linen clothes with other fabrics at Laundry or in the washing machine/dryer
One of the first things that we learn (or should learn) in doing laundry is to separate clothes by color. Whites with whites, darks with darks. But for best results in preventing wrinkles, clothes should be separated not only by color, but also by fabric content and weight. For instance, washing lightweight dark cotton t-shirts with heavy denim jeans can cause the lighter items to be crushed by the weight of the jeans. Crushing means more wrinkles!
By having your laundry sorted correctly before washing, you will also reduce wrinkles in the dryer. Lightweight items dry much quicker than heavier fabrics like denim. The more time they spend in the dryer, the more likely they will bet overheated and wrinkles can become deeply set.
Heed Your Dryer Cycles
Dryers all work the same way, they use an energy source - gas or electric - to heat air, a dryer drum to tumble clothing through the warm air and an exhaust system to vent the moisture drawn from the fabric. But, there are differences in the heating and cool down cycles that can determine whether your clothes come out deep wrinkles or wrinkle free.
Unload Your Dryer Correctly
If you don't mind wrinkles, there is no particular skill-set to removing clothes from a dryer. Scoop them out and pile them in a basket and you're ready to go. However, if you would rather take a few minutes as the clothes come out of the dryer to fold them correctly; you'll save lots of time later when you don't have to iron. If you leave clothes in a basket or heap, the weight of the pile will only cause wrinkles to set in more deeply.
As soon as you remove a piece of clothing or linen from the dryer, give each item a strong snap to remove any clinging smaller items and start smoothing out wrinkles. Shirts and blouses should be hung on a proper hanger and the seams, collar, cuffs and button plackets should be pulled straight to smooth out the wrinkles. If the shirt has gotten too dry, a fine misty spray of clean water will help loosen the fibers. Clothes and linens that cannot be hung should also be snap-straightened and then hand pressed on a flat counter. Then, fold neatly while continuously pulling any seams or edges straight. A fine spray of water will help relax the fibers, but don't let the items get too wet. If you over spray, throw the items back in the dryer on high heat for a few minutes.
Dealing with Linen Wrinkles
Let Clothes Breathe Free
Even though you want to fold or hang clothes soon after washing and drying, never cram clothes into an overcrowded closet or drawer. While the fibers are still warm or damp, they are still prone to easy wrinkling. Give your clothes space for air to circulate.
Clothing should always be returned to the closet or drawer as neatly as possible after wear. In most cases, shirts, pants and skirts may be worn a few times between washes. After wearing, hang garments so air can circulate to help remove moisture, relax fibers and lessen wrinkles.
Last Minute Wrinkling Savers
If clothes are slightly wrinkled after storing them or removing from a suitcase, you can steam many wrinkles out by running a hot shower and letting the items steam for a while. You can also reduce wrinkles by wetting a white, woven cotton towel, wringing out excess water. Toss the towel and the wrinkled item in the dryer and tumble for about 5 minutes. After removing the garment, immediately hang it correctly. You may not need to grab that iron after all.
You can also use one of the many wrinkle removers on the market. Just a quick spray of Tide Swash Smooth It Out, Downy Wrinkle Releaser or Dryel 3-in-1 Touch Up Spray and you could be out the door! Again, allow the garment to dry after spraying before you put it on to wear. If the garment is damp and you sit down, you'll have permanent wrinkles.
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