There’s nothing quite as sweet as lounging around in bed on a weekend morning. That casual start to the day is perfect for enjoying a hot cup of coffee, watching your favorite movie, and snuggling up under the covers with the people you love. At Linenforce, we want to make sure everyone experiences the magic of a slow Sunday morning, and that’s why we love linen bedding!
What is Linen?
Linen is a textile made from the flax plant that has been well-loved for generations because it’s luxurious, natural, and sustainable.
The use of linen for various purposes goes back hundreds of years. Ancient civilizations like the Greeks, Romans, and Egyptians used linen for décor, ceremonial purposes, and to clothe their most wealthy members of society.
Today, linen is used for tons of things and is still as luxurious as ever. From linen tablecloths and napkins to soft, cozy linen bedspreads and sheets, we think everyone should have a chance to try out this airy fabric.
Why We Love Linen Bedding
There’s a lot to love about linen and many benefits that make it some of the best bedding you can get for yourself.
Our top 5 favorite reasons why we love linen pillowcases, sheets, and bedspreads are because they are:
- Stylish and timeless
- Easy to maintain
The Timeless Style of Linen Bedding
Linen bedspreads and sheets have a timeless, classic look that never goes out of style. They’re also both available in tons of fun colors and styles, so it’s easy to match whatever feel you’re trying to create within the bedroom. For a clean look that also makes everything feel ultra-cozy, we love this Box Stich Linen Bedspread.
Linen Bedspreads are Hypoallergenic
Linen is naturally hypoallergenic, so picking linen pillowcases, sheets, and bedspreads is an easy choice for those who suffer from allergies. Linen sheet sets and bedding help to repel dust mites, pet dander, and other common household allergens. Linen is resistant to bacteria and fungi, so a linen pillowcase is great for keeping your skin healthy and clear!
Linen Sheets Last Forever
If properly cared for, linen sheets just might be the last sheets you ever buy. They don’t wear down like traditional cotton sheets. Instead, they actually get softer every single time you wash them. The more time you spend in your bed, the more luxurious your linen sheets become. We think this is a great excuse to hit the snooze button just one more time, but to each their own!
Breathable and Temperature-Regulating Linen
Are you always craving the feel of the cold side of the pillow? With linen pillowcases, your wish is granted! Linen is naturally breathable and temperature-regulating, meaning it will doesn’t get too hot or too cold. This is a huge bonus with linen sheet sets, as well, because it allows those with different temperature preferences to coexist within the same bed. Gone are the days of you and your partner arguing over the thermostat, all thanks to your chic linen bedding.
Linen Sheets are Easily Maintained
With the right care and maintenance, linen sheet sets and bedding will last you a lifetime. When investing in a linen bedspread, sheets, or other bedding, remember that you very well might be investing in the last sheets you will ever have to buy – and they’re easy to maintain, too. This makes linen well worth the investment.
How Can I Keep My Linen Clean?
When keeping linen bedspreads and other bedding clean, it’s best to keep things simple so your product will last a long time. Our top five tips for keeping your linen pillowcases, sheets, and bedspreads clean are:
- Wash frequently
- Use cold or lukewarm water
- Use only mild detergent
- Avoid high heat
- Iron only if necessary
Washing Your Linen Pillowcases and Sheets Frequently
Even though it’s naturally antimicrobial, linen sheets should still be washed frequently to keep them fresh and clean. Washing your linen pillowcases and sheets around once per week is ideal. A clean linen pillowcase will help keep your skin nice and clear.
We recommend getting into a routine and doing it the same day every week. Remember – your linen pillowcases and sheet sets will only get softer with each wash! Additionally, you should only wash your linens with like colors to avoid color bleeding. You’ll also want to skip out on bleaching even your pure-white linens, as it can damage the fibers. You can choose to hand wash your products, but machine washing directions are included below.
Since they get less direct contact, linen bedspreads can be stretched a little bit longer and be washed around once or twice a month. Try washing your linen bedspread with your sheets and pillowcases every other week to keep up that routine!
Cold or Lukewarm Water Only
Make sure to only use cold or lukewarm water when washing your linen sheet sets and bedspreads. Hot water can damage the fabric, causing fading.
Mild Detergent is Best for Linen Sheet Sets
Always use a mild detergent with linen sheet sets. Harsh detergents will cause undue wear and tear on your linen sheets sets and can also irritate skin. Also, avoid things like fabric softeners and dryer sheets. Fabric softeners and dryer sheets coat the fibers on the linen sheet sets and make them water-repellant, which is not great for linen’s moisture-wicking properties.
If there’s a stain that needs pre-treatment, first try using a bit of club soda. If all else fails, gently work some dish soap into the fabric and then wash as you normally would. The best advice for treating stains is to do it as quickly as possible after it happens!
Avoid Hot Dryers for Linen Bedspreads and Sheets
A great way to care for your linen bedding is to go old-school and hang your clothes to dry! Linen sheet sets don’t last as long when dried in a super-hot dryer because they can endure damage. Hang your linen pillowcases, sheets, and bedspreads outside on a clothesline or inside on a drying rack. As a bonus – the smell of fresh laundry coming in from the sunshine is unmatched!
But don’t worry; if line-drying isn’t your speed, our pre-shrunk linens will be just fine in a dryer. We recommend using a low temperature and removing it while still slightly damp.
Iron if You Want
While we love the textured, charming, crinkled look of linen sheet sets and don’t recommend ironing, it won’t hurt your bedding if you need to press the border or certain spots as needed. If you prefer a cleaner, crisp look for your linen bedspread and sheets, you can iron at a very low temperature. You can even iron them while they’re still slightly damp to utilize the steam it would create.
Storing Your Linen Bedding
Storing your linen sheets is just as easy as caring for them. We recommend storing linen sheets with your other towels and sheets. A cool closet is your best bet; try to avoid direct sunlight or a closet that gets hot or musty. If you’re concerned about anything contaminating your linen sheets in storage, it’s safe to put them in a plastic bag or storage container.
Once you finally switch to linen bedding, we promise you’ll never go back! Whether you’re making the switch for allergies, sustainability, or just to be comfortable, Linenforce has everything you need for your new bedding.