Linen clothing is light and comfortable, but cleaning this material can be tricky. You want to be careful not to pull the item out of shape or damage the fabric. Cleaning linen clothing can be accomplished in a few easy steps, leaving you with beautiful looking clothing that can be worn and washed again and again.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
Things you need
- Stain remover
- Gentle liquid detergent
- Distilled water
- Padded hanger
Examine the garment for stains. Spot treat any stains with a gentle stain remover. Test the stain remover on an inconspicuous area of the garment before using it in a more obvious spot. Citrus oil and lemon juice often work well as natural stain removers.
Fill a tub or sink with a mixture of water and a gentle liquid detergent. Submerse the linen garment in the solution, and gently agitate. Avoid rubbing or scrubbing in a rough manner. If you prefer to use a washing machine, wash on the gentle cycle with like items. Keep the machine fairly empty so the clothing has room to move around.
Rinse the item in cool distilled water until all the soap has been removed. For machine washing, set the machine for a cold rinse.
Lay the linen garment out to dry in the sun if possible. Hang on a clothesline or lay on a flat surface. If you must dry the linen in a dryer, dry it only partially and remove it while still slightly damp.
Iron the garment while still damp with a quick sweep of a clean, hot iron. Avoid folding linen clothing for storage, and instead hang on a padded hanger.
Cleaning Linen Clothing
Tips and warnings
- With any antique linen piece, consider taking it to a professional conservator to avoid damaging a precious item.
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