Linen Fabric – What Makes the Flax Fiber So Usable

Linen fabric is widely used today. There are many good reasons for such including its properties.

Since linen is derived from flax plant, it is considered as a bast fiber. The fibers generally vary in length and diameter, but these are usually between 1 and 6 inches (25 and 150 mm) and 12 and 16 micrometers, respectively.

Linen Fabric

During fabric production, the fibers are segregated based on its length.

Short fibers are used in making coarse linen fabrics while long fibers are made into fine linen fabrics. Linens are usually fine, smooth and cool because of the nodes on the fabric.

For coarse linens, however, there are irregular and cross-sectional polygonal shapes that explain the coarseness.

Linen fabrics are naturally lustrous. Its natural colors are in different shades of ecru, ivory and tan. The fabric can be bleached as well to create pure or solid color linens. Bleaching, however, can possibly damage linens.

When it comes to its texture, linens can be textured and crisp. They can be also rough, stiff or silky smooth.

Linens can be thick or thin. Nonetheless, when the fabric is prepared properly, it can absorb and exude water quickly. The fabric may absorb about 20% moisture, but it won’t feel damp.

Linens are very strong and durable. Paradoxically, it is stronger when it is wet. Only few fabrics have such ability.

The fabric can be also damaged by perspiration and mildew. On the other hand, it can be easily cleaned. Linens are dirt- and stain-resistant. Cleaning linens is also easy. You can dry clean, machine-wash or steam linens.

Linens are non-stretchable and abrasion damage-resistant. However, when washing the fabric, make sure that there is no creasing particularly on the same area. Creasing will lead to thread breakage. This will be very visible especially on hems and collars. Linen is non-elastic, so it doesn’t springs back to its original form immediately.

Don’t tumble dry the linens. There is no need to dry the fabric too much. Linens are easier to iron when they are damp. Because they easily wrinkle, linen clothes must be ironed often if perfect smoothness is preferred. However, wrinkles are part of the fabric’s natural charm. Some garments are actually made for ‘progressive wrinkling,’ and these garments are worn without ironing.

Virtually all types of linen wrinkle. Wrinkling can be addressed by underlining it with organza, rayon or cotton when pressing the cloth carefully. Wrinkling can be also minimized by washing the fabric at least 5 times before using it.

When exposed to high temperatures, there will be the possibility of shrinkage although this will be moderate. Linens are lint-free, and they tend to get softer the more you wash your linens.

Storing linens is also relatively easy. The fabric is moth- and beetle-resistant as well.

Evidently, apparels and household items made from linen fabric are a worthy investment. Linens are actually made to last long. Anyhow, owners may utilize techniques in extending their lifespan through cleaning, maintaining and storing it properly.

Author bio: Charlie is an experienced writer who writes on topics related to garages and home improvement. He has written about gARAGE doors in his recent articles. You should have a look at these for getting more information on these doors.

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