Since 4500 BCE, people around the world have been wearing linen clothing — and for good reason. Linen, made from the fibrous flax plant, is a favorite fabric that keeps the wearer feeling cool and looking chic no matter the temperature. Learn more about linen and why it’s the favored go-to fabric this summer.
Between the long hours of strong sunlight and the sunscreen, sweat, chlorine, and drink stains, our clothes take quite a beating in the summertime. If you want to be able to wear a summer dress or button-up shirt for more than one season, you need to buy one that’s high-quality and long-lasting. This is exactly what makes linen the perfect summer fabric.
Linen is considered the world’s strongest natural fiber. As such, linen clothing tends to be more structured than wool or cotton and much more durable than any of its natural or synthetic counterparts. This is also why linen clothes don’t lose their shape after washing and get that “lived-in” (rather than messy) look after they’re worn.
Linen is considered the world’s strongest natural fiber.
You don’t need to iron it
Another reason to love linen (and why it lasts so long) is that it doesn’t need to be ironed. Not only can ironing linen garments ruin their airy, crumpled look, but it can also damage the fibers and affect their lifespan. Because if there’s one thing we know is true, it’s that heat is the worst thing for your clothes.
It helps you stay cool
Even on those hot summer days, linen can keep you cool and comfortable. That’s because it has a lower thread count. Linen’s looser weave makes it highly breathable and lets air easily flow through the fabric, so you can catch every cool, refreshing breeze.
And keeps you dry
When you’re sweating in the summer sun, fabrics like cotton feel damp and cling to your skin in all the wrong places. But thanks to its high level of absorbency, linen absorbs a lot of moisture before you even notice you’re sweating.
It’s also a moisture-wicking fabric, meaning it can quickly wick moisture off your skin and then conduct it back into the air, cooling you down and drying you off in the process.
How should I clean linen items?
If properly cared for, the linen garments in your wardrobe can last a lifetime. But if washed incorrectly, your linen items can lose their crispness and the fibers can get damaged.
Dry cleaning is the best way to clean your linen clothing. Dry cleaning doesn’t use water, which can warp the texture of fabrics, and it doesn’t use heat, which can damage its fibers. Plus, the experts at your local Colorado dry cleaners can get every wrinkle out of your linen items without compromising their integrity or texture.
If you’re going to clean your linen items at home, then we recommend you machine wash in cold water and then hang to dry. But not if you need to clean a linen suit or blazer! Because of their structure, you should definitely bring those items for dry cleaning. Learn how to clean a suit made from other materials if yours isn’t linen.
Dry Clean Your Linens at Dependable Cleaners
With unparalleled experience, outstanding customer service, and the highest-quality time-saving services, Dependable Cleaners should be your go-to choice for dry cleaning linen in Colorado. We have been providing trusted dry cleaning services to Denver and the surrounding region for three generations. We are dedicated to the highest standard of care and cleaning for your clothes, including materials such as linens. When you want the best care for all of your clothes you can trust Dependable Cleaners.