When buying a duvet cover, it's always advised to check the care instructions before you purchase. Care instructions will vary based on a number of factors, including material, and what kind (if any) print or design it has.
Bed sheets and duvet covers should be washed every 1-2 weeks to help prevent the build up of dust mites and other allergens that affect your health and sleep quality.
Generally, bed linen does not require dry cleaning - however you should always double check the care label (usually sewn in to the inside or underside of your bedding).
How often should I wash my linen sheets?
Linen sheets are no different to regular sheets when it comes to frequency of washing.
They should be washed every 1-2 weeks in cold water, using mild detergent and on a gentle cycle (if using a washing machine).
For tough stains, use a stain remover pre-wash, and an extra rinse cycle when machine washing.
Do not, whatever you do, use bleach!! Bleach reacts very badly with linen, leaving marks and stains.
After washing, line dry when slightly damp out of direct sunlight (as this can affect the colour of your linen). If you can avoid it, do not tumble dry your linen. If you must use a tumble dryer, ensure it's on a gentle setting and low heat.
Can you machine wash linen sheets?
Yes, you can! A cold water cycle is generally recommended for linen sheets (although check the care instructions). Hot water cycles can damage the flax fibres and make your linen wear quicker than it should.
Make sure you use gentle detergent when machine washing your linen sheets, and avoid bleach at all costs.
Can you put linen sheets in the dryer?
You can, but it's generally recommended to hang dry your linen washing.
However, we realise that not everyone has access to a washing line, so linen sheets can be put in the dryer. Just make sure that it's on a gentle heat.
How do I iron linen?
Not a fan of the lived-in linen look? No problem. Linen is very satisfying to iron, and works best when it's slightly damp.
Use a medium to high heat on the iron, pressing only until the wrinkles are removed.
Excessive ironing can damage the flax fibres. Linen in light colours can withstand direct ironing well - wheras darker dyes should be ironed on the back or underside to avoid developing patches.
Always store your bedding in a cool, dry place with good air flow so it stays fresh and clean.
You don't want any mildew or damp getting to your bed linen! Wash on a regular basis (ideally once a week) to avoid a build up of sweat, dirt and other nasties that can affect your health and sleep.