How to care for linen fabric: napkins, tablecloths, placemats and bed linen

Linen is the most hard wearing natural fibre known to man. It is a fantastic material, being naturally antibacterial, moth resistant and natural. It also becomes softer with each wash.

It is exceptionally easy to care for, more so than people often think. Follow our guide to maintain your linen and enjoy it for year and years. You may even be able to pass it on!


  • Linen can be washed up to 90 degrees (white and natural colours), however, it's best to wash on the lowest temperature needed as high heats, over time, can weaken fibres.
  • Never use bleach as this weakens and damages fibres. If you need to brighten white linens, put them out in the sun.
  • Avoid tumble drying linen. It is incredibly fast drying so it just isn't necessary. Tumble drying may also lead to unnecessary shrinking.  
  • Use the maximum water level offered by your machine
  • Avoid detergents with optical brightening agents. Mild detergents are best
  • For stains, treat liquid stains such as wine with salt, or baking soda and white vinegar and blot with paper towel (don't scrub as this will rub the stain in).


Iron when damp. Linen is strongest when wet so always dampen linen when ironing!


Store in a cool, dry place. Don't store linen in plastic as it needs to breathe. Storing in plastic can lead to yellowing. 

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