How to love your Irish Linen… so it loves you right back
My Grandmother loved beautiful things and even though money was tight, she would always buy the best quality she could afford. One of my many memories of visiting her house was the wonderful fresh smell of her starched, ironed Irish linen tea towels and pillowcases, dazzling in their bluish whiteness. I loved their cool sophistication and soft hand feel, the threads worn smooth with use. I am so lucky to have inherited them from her.
Here’s how to keep your contemporary printed 100% Irish Linen happy, so you too can pass it down to your grandchildren.
Please follow the care instructions when cleaning your linen.
Sunlight has a detrimental effect on natural fabrics like linen over time, which can result in fading and weakening of the yarn. We’ve all seen those faded, shredded curtains that look like someone has had a go at them with a sharp scissors in a fit of pique. Luckily, linen is a lot tougher than silk and the following will help reduce the impact of sunlight on your fabric.
Dust can make your curtains, cushions and upholstery look dirty. Give your curtains a little shake when opening them to reduce its build up. We recommend that you vacuum your curtains, cushions and upholstery every couple of months or so to remove dust completely. Use a handheld vacuum with a soft brush attachment to avoid trapping the fabric in the machine. You can also steam your curtains in situ to remove creases.
Linen is a natural fibre and so is affected by atmospherics. We recommend that the fabric is left in the room in which the curtains will hang for at least a week before making up to give it time to acclimatise. This will help reduce the likelihood of shrinkage or stretching.
When making up linen curtains, we recommend that the bottom of the linen and any lining is hemmed separately to avoid bagging. Hems should be on both sides but not the bottom. We also advise that you factor in at least 4% shrinkage when hemming your curtains.