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How to Launder and Care for Your Flax Sleep Linen

So you’re ready to take the plunge with linen, but where do you go from there? Taking proper care of your items (regardless of which room in the house they’re going to reside in) is critical to ensure that your Flax Sleep linen has a long and happy life. Read on for our care do’s and don’ts.


General Linen Care Do’s & Don’ts

Not all linen has the exact same needs, but all of our items have a similar set of laundering and care guidelines. Here's a short list of the essentials before we really get into the nitty gritty.

 

Do:

  • Spot test any stain treatment before applying to all of your bedding, towels or Cuisine items. We've had success with some 'unnatural' stain removers, however any textile that is chemically treated will have a shorter lifespan.

  • Read our Journal post on stain removal. There are some pretty excellent tips in there, if we do say so ourselves.

  • Feel free to use warm or hot water on occasion. Although we’re firm believers in the gentler nature of a cold wash, we understand that sometimes you just need a bit of a ‘deeper clean.’

  • Be aware of what your linen comes into contact with. Colour loss is a potential threat to any fabric and it can be caused by a number of items in your home. Allowing your linen to come into contact with bleach, household cleaners, skin care products and other acidic substances can cause irreversible damage. You can read a little more about discolouration from this great article we found.

  • Give your linen some time. It will get softer - we promise.
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    Don’t:

  • EVER use fabric softener. If your linen isn’t yet quite as soft as you’d like, avoid seeking a solution from a bottle. As fabric softener is full of enzymes that are designed to break down fibers (in turn, making them seem softer), it will cause the lifespan of your beautiful new linen items to shorten significantly. Let your linen do its thing and soften over time. 
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  • Be surprised at your lint trap. As linen is washed, it naturally sheds unnecessary fibers which result in increased softness over time. Lint is a side effect of this process and, though will decrease over time, it will always be a part of your relationship with linen. Let your lint trap do its job and be sure to empty it regularly. 
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  • Use acidic self care items before bed. Discolouration can come from multiple sources, but it is commonly a result of using acidic skin care and hair care products before bed - especially acne products with ingredients such as benzoyl peroxide. This can cause that pesky colour loss that we talked about earlier. 


  • Linen Bedding & Robes

    All of our bedding and robes are made from 100% European Linen. This means that all flax used in the spinning and weaving process of our fabric (that later becomes our cozy linen bedding) is grown in Europe. All bedding is stonewashed and preshrunk before it arrives at your doorstep, so there’s no need to worry about any comically devastating shrinkage. Please feel free to wash and dry your bedding as much and as often as you like.

    If this is your first time owning linen bedding and you decide to put it in the dryer, be prepared for lint. This characteristic of linen is often unnoticed when laundering linen clothing as it’s almost never preshrunk and, therefore, should never go in the dryer. Linen has very long staple fibers which shed when treated with the heat of a dryer. This speeds up the softening process, but does have the potential to fill your dryer’s lint trap for many washes. If you love linen but can’t handle the lint, then air-drying is the way to go. 

    We like to wash our bedding every two to three weeks in cold water with an all natural detergent. As much as you’re going to love snuggling up in your new linen bedding, we do suggest rotating between two to three sheet sets to prolong the life of your linen. 

     

    Waffled Linen Towels

    Flax Bathe 100% linen towels are made from European flax and are stonewashed and preshrunk prior to their arrival at your home. They should be washed alone to avoid lint transfer and potentially coming into close contact with anything that could snag on their soft loose weave.

    The loose weave of the Flax Bathe line isn’t just for looks - it creates a thicker feel to the towel and provides a softer touch. However, this also contributes to some additional lint carryover between washes. Because of this, we recommend washing and drying these towels separate from other items. Wash these bath time babes with a natural detergent, free of aggressive enzymes (these can help with tough stain removal, but can also break down the linen and contribute to speedy deterioration), and tumble dry on your machine’s lowest setting.

     

    The Cuisine Collection by APT

    Designed with everyday use in mind, your Cuisine items are meant to be enjoyed no matter how casual or formal the occasion. We recommend all items be gently washed on cold and left to air dry. Although we love a good linen wrinkle, these can be gently ironed if you’re after a more refined look. The only exception to this is The Market Bag, which holds up very well in the dryer and should not be ironed.


     

    Linen’s love language is simple - treat it right and it’ll return the favour. Follow these few simple care and laundering steps and you’re sure to have a fulfilling, loving and lasting relationship with your linen. Unsure of any of the tips or have another question on your mind? Reach out to us at hello@flaxsleep.com and ask away - we’re always up for a chat.



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