Linen basically is a strong and durable fabric which has an inherent luster. However, it has poor elasticity and wrinkles easily. Though with its flaws, those did not discouraged people from using linen in a variety of ways. Linen is a preferred textile for table cloths, napkins, bed sheets and curtains. With its natural luster and stylish flow it has became a popular choice for clothing. Linen clothes can be worn in any kind of weather.
Caring for Linen
Prior to washing linen made items or clothing, be sure to check the label first. Washing linen apparel or household linen often can make them more soft and shiny. However, dry cleaning may be advised for draperies and other decorative linens. When machine or hand washing, use a mild detergent and avoid using chlorine bleach. Machine wash in a gentle cycle and do not wring or twist the linen fabric when hand washing. Be sure not to over dry a linen apparel, as it can cause the linen to wrinkle easily and make the fabric brittle. Just remove the item from the dryer before it dries completely and iron it while it is still damp. It is easier to iron linen when it is slightly damp. You can also use starch while ironing to produce more crisp looking clothing. Once done with ironing, do not fold the clothing; just let it hung in a clothes hanger.