Linen is a unique fiber that has certain benefits- like keeping us cool even when the weather is scorching.
However, the very things that make linen such a great material to wear make it a bit more difficult to care for and
to wear properly.
Linen that is used for shirts and pants is made from long fibers found in the stalk of the flax plant. These
natural "yarns" wick moisture away from the body. This is the process that helps to create the fabric's light, airy
feeling. The downside, however, is that the "breathing" fibers are not very flexible. Once you bend them, they want
to stay bent, and you end up with linen's trademark wrinkles. Even more frustrating is that the more you sweat, the
more the fabric wrinkles.
All types of mens linen clothes generally require the same type of care. Unfortunately the same
characteristic of linen that makes it a great choice of material and allows your clothes to help wick away moisture
is that it is a stiff fabric. The result is once the fiber is "bent" or creased it tends to stay that way, unlike a
material like silk. And the more moisture it absorbs from your body only makes the problem worse.
The first rule of thumb is to read the care labels. Different manufacturers may use blends or coatings
that require a specific cleaning approach. Mens linen suits always require dry cleaning.
Usually, mens linen shirts and shirts can be machine-washed in warm water. Make sure you use a gentle cycle or
better yet hand wash. Over time washing will tend to soften the linen material and make it less susceptible to
If you want to hand wash your linen clothes it’s best to use a small tub with warm water and soap suds. Do not
use bleach because it will damage the fibers. Rub the linen in the mix and then take it out. If you have stained
the linen material what you do will depend on what type of stain you have. Generally you want to rub the stained
areas immediately with cold water (which prevents the stain from setting in), and if you can allow the clothing to
soak in laundry detergent. Another approach is to rub the stain with white vinegar, or sprinkling some talcum
powder on the stain while letting the garment lay flat overnight.
Once you're done hand- or machine-washing, air-dry the linen garment. You can then iron it, or wear it as is. It
is not a good idea to use a clothes dryer to dry your linen clothes. The best approach is to allow the garment to
air dry. You can do this by placing it on a hanger (use a padded hanger preferably) or you can lay it flat on a
towel and allow it to dry.