How to Care for linen

How to Care for linen

How do I wash linen?

It’s a great question and one that took some trial and error, to find out!

If you are anything like us, we prefer to toss all of our garments in one load of laundry and cross our fingers that they turn out okay on the other end! This method has worked for us for years and we don’t plan on changing our laundry habits anytime soon. Although we haven’t experimented with every type of stain, we have been able to get Bluebird products clean using these methods, and are happy to see them come out of the washer softer than they were before they entered.

We have learned a few tricks along the way and there are preferred methods of washing any linen product that we would like to share.

To begin, it is best to wash your Bluebird linens on a gentle wash cycle in lukewarm water with a mild detergent. Don’t overcrowd your washing machine as this decreases the efficiency and may be less effective in getting your garments clean and looking good.

Does linen shrink?

Typically linen does shrink after the first wash, especially if washed or dried in very high temperatures. Even stone-washed linen can shrink when washed incorrectly.

The drying method we are finding to be the most successful is to hang or lay the linen out flat when it comes out of the washing machine. This helps the straps of the aprons to keep their shape.

We personally love the natural creases of linen - it’s why we chose it for our Bluebird products! However, if you really need to iron your linen items, make sure they are slightly damp. Again, if you are anything like us - we sometimes don’t even know where the iron is !

How do I get stains out of linen?

We use aprons to protect our clothing so the chances are - your linen products may get stained! But that’s what the apron is there for, right?

Saturate set-in stains with vinegar, then blot the spot with a paste made from equal parts vinegar and baking soda. You can add a couple of tablespoons each of vinegar and laundry detergent to a bucket of water and soak the garment overnight if the stain persists. Then, rinse and wash. There are stain specifc products that can be used as well - follow the instructions provided by the manufacturer. Just remember - don't rub the stain! This will help set the stain more than it will help get it out!

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