Tumble Drying vs Air-Drying, Which Is Better for Linen?

Is one method actually better than the other?

| By Rachael Thompson | Linen

Tumble Drying vs Air-Drying, Which Is Better for Linen?

Is one method actually better than the other?

If you've spent your hard-earned cash on some luxurious linen bedding, chances are you'll want to know how you can get the most out of them and want to know how you can make them last well into the future. One fundamental parts of the linen care process is the drying stage and it's worth knowing if there's a prefered method to go with.

When it comes to drying, there are two main ways to ready your Threads for bed. Air drying and tumble drying will both do the job, but which is the best option? While both options leave you with dry bedding, there are a few things to consider before you do one or the other.

Below, we look at the positives and negatives of both air drying and tumble drying to determine which is the superior option for you and your Threads.

Tumble Drying

Linen is actually one of the strongest natural fibres and one of the most durable materials that requires minimal upkeep. If your linen garment is pre-washed during the production process, it is safe to dry it in a tumble dryer. All of Bed Threads' 100% French Flax linen is pre-washed for softness. The tumble drying method is great for those who prefer speed and convenience and those who live in smaller homes that lack space for hanging sheets.

That being said, if you are going to take this drying route you should limit set your machine to the lowest setting possible and avoid overloading the machine. This is because hot temperatures encourage the shrinkage process and can increase the friction, wear, and tear on the fabric.

Air Drying

Overall, air drying your linen will keep it in better condition for longer. This is because air-drying is a gentler option than a tumble drying and ultimately extends the lifetime of the fabric by reducing the wear and tear that dryers can sometimes cause. The process of drying your linen as naturally as possible is not only good for your bedding but the environment, too. It will reduce your carbon footprint and electricity usage which is great for the earth and your bank account.

However, you will need to hang your linen away from direct sunlight to avoid potential fading. Over-drying linen—especially in the sun—can cause the fabric to feel brittle. If you don't have a clothesline but you'd prefer to be safe and treat your linen with the utmost care, you may want to purchase an indoor clothes-drying rack.

Bottom Line

Both air drying and tumble drying on a low setting are perfectly acceptable when it comes to drying your linen. But, if you have the time and want to get the most longevity out of your linen, air drying is the safest way to go as it’s less damaging to the linen fibres. Air drying helps preserve fibres, colors, shape, and elasticity, so we encourage you to use this technique where possible. And if you've got more questions that need answering, head on over to our FAQ page.

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