Linen is a traditional fabric made from flax plant with thousands years of cultural history. Natural material and hand weaving attracts people’s unremitting zeal for linen textiles for a long time.
Modern linen is often combined with hemp or cotton fibers in a weave which can be used as clothing, bedding, kitchen cloth, etc. Pure linen clothes are not produced in large quantities and can be quite expensive. With proper maintenance and care, your linen products can last a longer time. Follow my tips to keep your linens in good condition while storing them.
Collecting all the linen products you want to store, including the linen dresses, tops, pants, shirts, skirts, bedding sheets, towels, napkins and so on. Before you folding these textiles, you have several things to confirm.
• Make sure that the textiles are clean, no food residue or other stains. If they do have, wash the stained items first according to their care suggestions on label, and dry them completely.
• Ensure that all linens are dry. Damp textiles will leave an environment for growing mildew that will spread quickly through neighboring linens.
Organize all linens by type, and sort them from dark to light colored, from heavy to lightweight, and form tops to bottoms. Separating the dark and light colored linens could effectively avoid color crossing and keep them from yellowing.
Rolling and stacking is the best way to keep linens flat and neat as well as avoid wrinkling and creasing, however, folding may bring forth cracks and breakage. Small items such as doilies are fine stacked, while larger items, like table runners, is better rolled. It is better to put heaviest at the base, the lightest at the top, which is helpful to protect them from creasing.
Find a storage space for your linens, closet, wardrobe, cabinet, or container box. You need to make sure that the storage space is suitable for linens, because linen textiles should be kept in a dry container, or the fast growing mildew, moths will destroy the fabrics.
Place the rolled and stacked linens in storage orderly. Put a few mothballs in the storage box to stop mildew growing.
Check the stored linens and storage boxes regularly. Make sure you will do an overhaul twice a year. Move out all the linens firstly, and check whether any pest damage, creasing, mildew on linens, and moth, insect in the wardrobe.
For the latter, you need to clean or wipe the wardrobe with all-purposed cloth, especially the dusty corners.
For the former, you need to sort them out. Slightly damaged ones could be washed again(laundry cycle: collecting dirty laundry→sorting dirty laundry→pre-treating stains→washing→drying→rolling and stacking) or donate to local thrift store, but the badly damaged ones you should abandon. After cleaning, remember do not use starch on linens, or will attract pest. And do not iron, which will cause hard seams that result in linen cracking or even breaking owing to its age.