There really is no need to iron linen garments, unless they have become really crushed. In fact, we love the inherent natural creases and crumples – they are what give linen its drapey, relaxed, soft feel. But if you love ironing, or have an item that really needs pressing, follow these simple tips:
- At least five or ten minutes before ironing linen clothes, give them a good spritz of plain cool water. Pay particular attention to shirt collars, cuffs, pocket flaps, and button plackets. Roll the garment loosely and let the moisture penetrate the linen fibers.
- Set the steam iron on the cotton/linen setting or high heat. Be sure the iron’s faceplate and water tank are clean and that the tank is filled with water. No one needs rusty water or sticky residue on clean linen.
- If your ironing board cover is wearing thin or has heavy staining, use an old terry cloth towel under the linen. This will pad the surface, protect any buttons on the garment, and give you a clean finish.
- Always iron on the wrong side and iron the embroidered area first.
- Start with the heavier areas of the shirt or pants first (collars, cuffs, waistbands) and use a bit more water if necessary to get a smooth finish.
- Keep the iron moving constantly and smoothly to prevent scorching.
- As you iron, gently stretch the garment to square corners and even edges. (While the fabric is damp and hot, you can reshape crumpled areas.)
NB. Press linen clothes on the wrong side or use a pressing cloth to prevent shiny spots. This is particularly important with darker colors.
When ironing is complete, hang the garment in an uncrowded space to dry completely. Wait at least ten to fifteen minutes before putting on the freshly ironed piece to allow the fibers to cool and relax. Wearing linen while damp will cause excess creasing.
We do strongly love and recommend you adopt the relaxed look with your linen; as we really believe you don't need to be ironing very often! If you need more detail, pop over to our favourite fabric care instructions website here.