Washing technique

Some linen is washable, while others can only be dry-cleaned. Be sure to check the label before washing. Washable household linen, handkerchiefs, and linen apparel can be washed easily and becomes softer with use. White linen should be dried in the sun, to help them retain their whiteness.

Generally speaking, dry cleaning is recommended for drapery linen, upholstery linen and decorative linen.


Linen fabrics may need frequent pressing, unless treated for crease resistance. (Permanent press and soil release finishes are now being used effectively on 65% linen/35% polyester tablecloths, napkins and placemats.).

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