10 Common Linen Care Mistakes You're Probably Making
So, you’ve taken a big step and invested in high-quality linen bed sheets? Welcome to a new and improved you.
Not only will it give your entire bedroom a Pinterest-worthy uplift, but you’ll also see an improvement in your sleep patterns. In order to take advantage of these luxurious benefits, you need to take proper care of your new best friends so they last a lifetime. Here’s everything you should avoid when it comes to caring for your 100% Pure Flax Linen sheets.
10 biggest mistakes when it comes to caring for linen
1. Storing your Threads in plastic
Unless you want your sheets to take on a light brown hue, avoid storing them in plastic. Because linen is a natural fiber, it needs to breathe – and trapping it in plastic will only create a delightful environment for mildew to grow. Ew. Unfortunately, this also means you’ll need to ditch your Marie Kondo-inspired airtight containers.
But don’t stress, because you can still feel organized and adult-like without containers. Simply line your linen cupboard or storage space with acid-free tissue paper that can further assist in preventing your bedding from getting that yellow tinge. Or you can just store your sheets in the 100% flax linen bag your Bed Threads sheets originally came in. Genius.
2. Too much sun exposure
Like wine, linen is best kept in a cool, dry space. Keep your linen bedding somewhere with minimal light exposure to ensure the longevity of the fabric.
Try to keep your machine loaded at a comfortable level with just linen. That means no other towels or clothes with rough fibers that might aggravate your linen.
The perfect way to wash them is in cold or lukewarm water with a gentle detergent. Avoid hot water, bleach or harsh cleaning products that might damage the delicate linen fibers and ruin the soft feeling of your sheets.
4. Using ‘fabric softeners’
Along with hot water and bleach, you can also add fabric softeners to that list of no-nos. These guys can coat your natural fibers of your linen and disintegrate them over time.
5. Letting that stain sit
From fake tan to tea spots and maybe even melted chocolate, you’ll want to address any stains on your sheets immediately.
However, this doesn’t mean you need to wash your entire bedding every time you drop some late-night cake onto your sheets. To remove a stain, firstly sprinkle a little baking soda onto the mark, add a few drops of vinegar and blot gently with a paper towel to soak up any excess moisture. Voila!
6. Storing linen before it's completely dry
Guilty of pulling your sheets off the washing line before they're completely dry? That's fine if they're 90% dry and you're putting them straight onto your bed, but if you're going to store them, it’s best to wait until your bedding is dry as a bone.
The reason is because dressing your bed or storing your sheets whilst they’re damp can invite mold or mildew to grow on your sheets, which is quite unpleasant if you ask us.
7. Tumble-drying them
Three words: air dry only. Tumble drying is abrasive on the delicate linen fibers, and will ensure excessive shedding only continues. If you really want to tumble dry, try drying your sheets on a lower heat setting and for a short period of time, and complete the drying process by hanging up your linen on the line.
But really, the best thing to do is air dry from start to finish. This will prolong the lifetime of your linen sheets. Washing them on a cold machine wash and then hanging them out to dry will ensure that your sheets stay fresh and relatively shed-free over time.
8. Dry cleaning your sheets
You’ve probably got the gist that when it comes to cleaning your linens that simple truly is the best if you want buttery-soft sheets that’ll last years – and that includes skipping the dry cleaners. You can never really be certain of the chemicals they use.
9. Using the iron
One of the best ways you can prolong the life of your linen bedding is by not ironing it. We repeat: do NOT iron it. Great news for those who despise ironing, right?
Linen will naturally become softer and cozier with every wash so patience is key. There’s also no need to tightly make the bed, either; just scatter your pillows, loosely throw your doona on and you have yourself a bed that looks like it’s straight out of an interiors magazine.
In an interview with Tech Insider, microbiologist and pathologist at New York University School of Medicine Philip Tierno, said humans produce around 26 gallons of sweat in bed every year, creating a nice, humid environment that allows bacteria to thrive. Tierno recommended washing your sheets at least once a week on a cold temperature setting to ensure you’re saying a final adios to all your little bacteria friends.
If you need more incentive to wash your linens, (as mentioned above) 100% flax linen actually becomes softer and cozier with every wash - no fraying, either. It also has moisture-wicking properties, which means those gallons of sweat you produce every year aren’t going to linger in your sheets for long.