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Another day into the lockdown and another step towards driving myself to the edge of insanity with this quarantine, that I dragged myself into sectioning my wardrobe today. In my case, I chose to nicely section my closet fabric-wise. A rather underrated form of exercise, no? But what I wasn’t prepared with, was my utter halt at the beautiful pastel linen garments stacked in the back somewhere, poorly arranged and hardly worn. I couldn’t help but wonder, do all of us discriminate linen in the wake of all the myths we have heard all our lives? It is an extreme misconception that linen requires exceptional care, it couldn’t be farther from the truth and there’s no denying that linen is one of the oldest and richest natural fabric which is produced from the Flax plant.
I had a burst of all these realizations within split seconds of time, which ultimately made me wonder what can I do better to burst the myth-monger in me and get my act right? Well, trust me you, from dialing my grandmother to a thorough google search, it is safe to say not only have I decoded the appropriate and brief linen care, but also busted the myths. It was a shame I couldn’t wear most of my hip linen garments! And I tell you what, once the lockdown lifts, linen is going to be my partner of the anti-quarantine routine. To know the secrets that I know now, continue reading below, where I break the mold and give you easy & tested remedies. Let’s dive right into it:
- Wash care- Linen is rarely dry cleaned, unless specifically mentioned on the label. But otherwise, for best results, give it a hand wash in cold water or a gentle machine wash cycle. Remember, hot water or rigorous machine wash can wear out the natural flax fibers. In other words, you have to keep it gentle, especially if it’s a machine wash choose the lightest wash cycle and a non-astringent soap. It is important to note that white linen should be washed separately from colored linen fabrics, as we as separating them linens from other fabrics.
- Is ironing an ultimate necessity? - Well, believe it or not, linen must not be ironed always. This brings me to the second phase of wash care, the after-wash care. In order to dry the linen fabrics, straighten them out, hand them in hangers and dry them over a flat surface. This protects the fiber from elasticity as well as prevents formation of wrinkles and hence, no ironing required.
- Do you need to store linen with naphthalene balls? – Another shocker as it may sound to you, but for real, linen has an in-build quality of being moth repeller which adds to the fact of linen being low maintenance, i.e. you don’t need wooden chests or bug repellers to protect your linen fabrics. Amazing, isn’t it?
- Introduce yourself to the world of linen blend- Since the natural linen fiber is coarse and stiff, much too often it is blended with other natural or manmade fibers to achieve the desired different structural and functional properties, for example; cotton and viscose blend. Such blends offer a softer, smoother surface along with improved resilience. Its advantages include retaining more heat than pure linen, higher wrinkle resistance, it is thinner and lighter than virgin linen, great for those feel good summer days! I would suggest looking up for the ‘Fluidic Linen’ collection at Meraki, and live in your ultimate linen dream.
Well, ladies this was all to put your intimidation about linen to rest. I hope your misconception about tough linen care is behind you and besides, Meraki linen line comes with the most customer-friendly care and as low maintenance as it could be. Isn’t this the silver linen-ing to your quarantine?
Until the next time,