Natural, breathable linen fabric gives an excellent bedding choice, especially during the winter season. Linen is made of the fibers of the flax plant, which creates a durable fabric resistant to pilling and static. The fabric gets softer with use and regular washing, but you must wash and clean it properly so that you don’t put unnecessary pressure on the fibers. Linen does wrinkle easily, however that isn’t typically a significant issue with sheets and bedding.

Fill out the washing machine with hot water, up to 158 degrees Fahrenheit for most bedding but no higher than 140 degrees for fitted sheets. Dissolve a liquid laundry detergent in the water, using the amount recommended for the clean load on the detergent tag.

Set the bedding in the washing machine, pushing it down till it is completely submerged. Wash the bedding to the gentle setting.

Machine-dry linen bedding on the low-heat or delicate setting. Eliminate the bedding in the dryer when it is completely dry.

Fold or create the beds with the sheets immediately to prevent wrinkles. If deep wrinkles do occur, press on the bedding with a iron set to the warm or linen setting, using a spray starch if needed.

Store blankets at a dry closet, away from direct sunlight to prevent color fading. Humidity can cause mildew on moist linen. Avoid ironing and starching linen before storage since starch can cause yellowing on stored linens. Iron the bedding immediately before use, if wanted.

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