Linen Care Guide
HOW TO WASH LINEN
Hand washed and machine washed - either of these methods are fine and won’t stretch or shrink your linens. Please read the care & washing instruction on each By The Sea product page.
Make sure that any other items in the washing machine are similar to your linen clothes in terms of color, weight and our washing instructions. Also, linen is best washed with a mild detergent.
1. Separate white, dark, and colored linens. For best results, wash separately from other fabrics.
2. Wash in lukewarm water (<40°C/104°F). High temperatures may cause shrinkage of up to 10% and weaken the linen fiber.
3. Use the gentle machine cycle and don’t overload your washing machine.
4. Use mild detergent formulated for delicate fabrics. Don't bleach.
1. Fill a small container (bucket or sink) with lukewarm water and add about a teaspoon of mild detergent.
2. Submerge the linen garment in lukewarm water and let it soak for about 10 minutes.
3. Gently swish the item around. Don’t wring, twist or scrub as it can stretch the fabric.
4. Drain the soapy water and rinse repeatedly until the soapy residue is all gone. Hang to dry.
5. Remember! Do not twist or scrub the fabric.
Linen clothing is usually more detailed and structured than, for example, linen sheets or duvet covers, it may require some extra attention when washing. One thing lots of people want to avoid - or at least control - is the creasing that happens to linen clothes. A couple of ways to do that is by washing linen clothing in plenty of space and hanging it to dry immediately after the wash.
How to remove stains from linen?
If you have a minor spot, try soaking it in a water-detergent solution or washing it with club soda. If that doesn’t help, you can put some dish soap and gently massage it until the dirt comes out, then wash it as you usually would. Some stains are trickier and might come off by sprinkling baking soda and a few drops of vinegar on the fabric, then blotting it with a paper towel to soak up the moisture.
How do you remove blood from linen?
Wash the stain with cold water and as quick as possible. Do not use any hot water or it will set the stain permanently. After that, we advise one trick that works 99% of the time: if you have a fresh bloodstain on your item, apply couple drops of hydrogen peroxide directly to the stain, rinse with fresh water and launder as usual.
What is the best way to dry linen?
We recommend not to tumble dry By The Sea linen clothes. Yes, it is possible to tumble dry linen clothes. But please consider to put linen inside the laundry bag and stick to low temperatures to prevent any risk due to the fast and cold spinning machine. The best way to dry linen clothes is to lay them flat.
We also offer to air-dry your linen garment on a padded hanger or place it flat on a drying rack, which will also help you avoid wrinkles and please do not wring linen to remove excess water.
What about ironing linen?
Natural fibers like linen will wrinkle, crumple and crease, you just have to accept it. However, if you really want an item pressed, use a medium-hot iron on the fabric while it’s still damp or overlay it with a damp towel.
Will hanging linen clothes damage the seams?
No worries! You can hang our linen clothes with confidence and enjoy wearing it for years!