Saturday, 21 April 2012

Linen: short history and using guide


Woven fabrics of flax are among the oldest in the world. More than eight thousand years linen clothes were used by ancient Egyptians. Linen clothes was considered sacred and used for prayers and sacrifices, and for mummification of the Egyptian Pharaohs.
Linen has always been one of the necessary permanent in ancient Lithuanian satellites in different areas also. It could be that flax was grown in Lithuania for about 4000 years. Linen fabrics was used in Lithuanian funeral rites as well.
Renaissance linen became a luxury brand. Aristocrats decorated their table with linen products, as well as linen products were used in personal care applications.
In Lithuanian folk linen was considered a sacred plant. The elders believed that the linen has a special power against devils, witches and other evil spirits and had a lot of songs about it.


Linen - it's an elegant, beautiful, long lasting and extremely durable natural material.
Linen is beneficial for the skin, which makes breathing, makes cool effect in summer and warm in cold days. Linen does not cause allergic reactions and is a natural antiseptic. It accumulates less dirt, lime scale and soap.
Scientific studies have shown that sleeping in linen bedding lets to fall asleep easier and sleep gets better quality.
Linen is very strong (several times stronger than cotton), has good wearing properties, excellent moisture absorption.
A linen fabric is easy to wash and dries quickly.
Linen is natural.  All products made from linen are biodegradable.
Depending on the material composition of the fabric structure and used yarn, the product could shrink of 4% to 7% after washing. 
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It is recommended to wash in cool water separately from other laundry detergent use for the first time, which does not contain any whitening ingredients. 
Repeated washing can be washed with similar colors of clothing.
It is recommended to wash with soap or gentle detergents in large quantity of water because linen fabrics absorb moisture very well.
Wash by your hands or by washing machine using a cold wash mode, silk or hand-engine. The best temperature is 30 degrees or colder, but sometimes white cloth can be washed at 95 ° C, the colored up to 60 ° C water. Select the temperature to maintain the product according to instructions.
Stains from linen products easy to remove, but it should be done immediately before the stain is wet. Stains and dirt are removed by washing, even in cool water, using soap or detergent.


Bleaching with chlorine is not recommended. Bleached bleach only other white tissues or products.


To avoid crumple, don’t drill laundry before drying.
It is not recommended to dry linen products in direct sunlight, because direct sunlight discolors the fabric. The best way – to dry in the shade.. 
Drying mechanically linen is quick drying and it is very easy to parch it. Dryer can dry and very rarely softens or multiple scoured clothing. Be careful and choose a lower drying temperature.
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It is recommended to iron the wet linen products. If the product is completely dry - it is recommended to wet a bit with water before the collation and comparison.
Compare a hot iron, and always start with the comparison of the least visible part. It is easiest to compare with the steam iron.
Highest ironing temperature - 200 ° C.


Linen products are recommended to store in a dry, well ventilated place.
Do not store the products in plastic bags or cardboard boxes. Choose a special bag for clothes storage.
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