Exactly How to Wash Your Linen Sheets So They Last
Just like your favourite pair of jeans, once you’ve invested in the perfect linen bedding set, you want to make sure it stands the test of time. Luckily, this is easy to achieve with linen. At Bed Threads our sheets are 100% French flax and, aside from making your bedroom look like its plucked from a high-end magazine shoot, linen is easy to keep looking (and feeling) beautiful.
Known for its durability, linen is extremely soft—becoming softer with time and use. So, there’s no need to worry about using your sheets too much, or washing them too often. Much like a fine wine, linen sheets get better with time, and by following just a few careful care instructions, you can ensure that linen will work hard for your money.
How to Wash Your Linen Sheets So They Last
Washing your linen
When you receive your linen set, it’s best to give it a wash before sleeping on it. While our linen is pre-washed for softness, for hygiene purposes, we suggest washing it as soon as it arrives at your doorstep in a cool, gentle cycle using liquid detergent only. It’s also important to always ensure that it is thoroughly rinsed in plenty of water to remove all traces of soap, detergent and residual soiling. This will prevent the formation of age spots which are caused by oxidation.
If you’re inclined to a sneaky glass of wine in bed (or two) and have accidentally stained your sheets, it’s best to try and remove these stains as soon as possible. You can do this by soaking your sheets or dabbing the stained area with cold water and baking soda.
The wonderful thing about linen is that it gets better with time, softening with every wash, becoming more comfortable as time goes on. So, enjoy.
Drying your linen
Save on your energy bills and dry your linen sheets on a clothing line. This allows the linen to breathe. While tumble-drying is not recommended, if you’re desperate, avoid using a hot setting and overloading the machine. We also suggest staying away from bleach and fabric softeners, as this can strip the linen's beautiful natural fibres.
Styling your linen
If you hate ironing (don’t we all?) linen is the perfect bedding for you. Linen is loved for its relaxed, creased texture, so there’s no ironing or steaming required. When it comes to styling your linen, layering is best. Add a few full-bodied pillows, a fitted sheet, and a duvet cover to complete the look.
At Bed Threads, you’re in charge, so you can customise your own bundle and create the bed (and sleep) of your dreams. There’s no need to tightly make the bed either, scatter your pillows, loosely throw your doona on, and you’re good to go. You can also follow these 8 simple steps to making your bed like an expert.