Pure Linen Care Guide
For longest term use we recommend you follow our linen care guide which has been reccomended to us by our maker, who specialises in the manufacture of premium stonewashed linens. As the fabric has been stonewashed you should pay special attention to the care guide. And, most of all, enjoy your beautiful linen.
Pure linen bedding. 100% genuine French flax, woven under specific instruction in China.
- Gentle cycle cold or warm wash your fabrics (but see other suggestions below for fitted sheets)
- Gentle warm tumble dry is ok, but we do suggest line drying if you can
- Do not bleach and do not dry clean
- Use a gentle liquid detergent and powder will tend to coat the fabric
- For longest term use (years), please rotate your sheets, particularly the fitted sheet with 2 to 3 other fitted sheets (so you will have 3 to 4 fitted sheets in total in your linen closet - these don't have to be linen either). This fitted sheet will undergo the most wear and tear from your body as it moves as you sleep, and will naturally wear down over time. This is experienced in all stonewashed linen bedding because the flax fibres have been heavily softened in order to be slept on immediately. If you choose to rotate less than we suggest, keep in mind that it is to be expected that the fabric will show signs of wear earlier, because it is a delicate fabric.
- We also reccomend you hand wash or soak your linen fitted sheets to minimise friction and prolong the lifespan of the fabric. This bedding fabric is all stonewashed, and is more delicate than untreated flax and hand washing is a more gentle method.
We understand that your linen sheets may soon become your 'favourite' set because frankly they're just beautiful, but please refrain from overuse, or simply add more fitted sheets to your collection. Many of our lovely customers always buy an extra fitted sheet when they purchase a sheet set, and this is also a tip we have seen suggested by other linen purveyors in order to maintain the integrity of your fabric.
Our Flax linen is sourced from France. At 170 GSM this fabric sits at the premium end, and is at the ideal weight for sleeping on immediately.
We have appointed a manufactuer based in Shenzen, China to finish off the linen goods and they currently produce for premium brands in Australia, New Zealand, the USA and Europe. If cared for correctly you will enjoy your beautiful bedding for years to come.
The flax plant is what gives linen bedding that textural hand feel, but by modern standards we ensure that the final item is lovely and soft to be slept on immediately. If left untreated, it will retain a coarser possibly scratchier feel.
To follow the artisnal ways, the fabric we use is genuinely stone washed using pumice stones (instead of a cheaper chemical enyme wash), so that it is soft and ready to be enjoyed but naturally puts it at a more advanced stage of its lifecycle as opposed to non stonewashed fabrics. Previously in times gone by, linen was not stone washed leaving a thick and coarse feeling to the fabric, so modern day bedding you will find in store or online is generally all stonewashed (or ‘vintage’ washed, or pre washed etc - it's a standard production practice). We also opt for stonewashing because we want all customers to be able to sink into lovely soft sheets from the first time they place them on the bed, with no awkward time spent lying on them to soften them up.
A fitted sheet experiences the most strain and friction from our bodies as we move in our sleep, unlike the top sheet and quilt cover that lays on top of us with minimal friction. Further strain is added to the fitted sheet fabric if it’s machine washed and tumble dried. Due to this stress, they may begin to show signs of wear earlier than your flat sheet, quilt cover or pillow cases (which given they undergo less stress can be enjoyed for many years). This is not a flaw in the fabric, but a result of having undergone more pressure and wear than the other components in a bedding set and having been stonewashed for your immediate comfort. Linen fitted sheets are still a relatively new product to the market, as traditionally a flat sheet may have been used instead of sewing in elastic into the fabric.
What shoud I expect from stonewashed linen?
There is understandably a lot of confusion surrounding linen and its duration, and how it compares with other fabrics. You may have read statements elsewhere that linen lasts for decades. This may be true of raw, scratchy and untreated linen but is not the case for soft, stonewashed linen bedding, so you must always keep in mind that stonewashed linen fabric is softer and therefore more delicate than non stonewashed washed linen fabric. That is why the care guide should always be followed when it comes to rotation and washing advice.
You may wonder why linen is more expensive than other fabrics, and this is simply because the flax that is grown to make your bedding is in smaller quantities and the harversting and weaving processes are more niche, adding to the overall cost of the final product. This higher price tag however does not make linen bedding immune to overuse and friction as it is a natural fibre so always keep this in mind and make your purhase supported by high rotation on your fitted sheet.
Comparing your linen bedding to other types of sheets (cotton, bamboo, polyeter etc) you may have previously used is also not useful given that the fabric structures and care requirements are different. Ensure you understand how to best care for the stonewashed fabric so you can enjoy it for years to come.
Wear and tear in stonewashed linen is a similar concept to wearing an item of clothing frequently. If it's not rotated with 2 to 3 other items of clothing and instead was perhaps worn every other week for one week at a time you can start to see signs of wear and tear faster.
When choosing your linen bedding and doing your research online and in store, we suggest asking if it has been stonewashed or not. This will be a good way to understand if it will be immediately soft to sleep on and how the fabric will interact over time. If you cannot find information about rotation and care make sure to ask so you have a good understanding on how the stonewashed fabric will behave. If you read statements about the extended longevity of stonewashed linen, we suggest asking for the production testing that has been carried out on that fabric.
A note on linen colours and sizes and shedding
With each shipment there may be colour variation and slight sizing variation in the textiles. This is because the raw flax may be slightly different season to season and will react to the dyes differently, the variation is about 6%, and whilst the makers ensure accuracy as much as possible please feel free to ask us for more information if you are buying fabrics that you intend to match to one another. Also please keep in mind that each batch is not dyed with toxic chemicals like formaldehyde to set the dyes. We opt for a less toxic more gentle approach so customers are not exposed to harsh chemicals. Fading over time is natural so take care to follow the care guide and dry not in direct sunlight and ensure rotation of your linens. Due to our stonewashing process, you may find that your linen fabric will shed fibres for a period of time, due to the fabric being softened and the excess fibres needing to be still removed. This is normal with linen goods and you can speed up the process by a few extra cold washes and tumble dries. Darker colours will often tend to shed more as they have been dyed more times.
Storing your linen
Always store your linen in a stable temperature controlled environment, avoid direct sunlight, and never fold and store your linen if there is any dampness in the fabric. If you plan on not using your bedding for an extended period of time (such as over winter if you switch to a heavier sheeting) we strongly advise storing your linen in an air tight environment (vacuum sealing) as prolonged exposure to the elements may degrade the fibres. It's a similar process to storing away your winter/summer quilt and keeping it air tight to ensure freshness of the fibres.