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Linen Properties

Linen fibers have been used for thousands of years and it’s still one of the most fashionable textile fibers. Indeed, turned into a multitude of household things, flax possesses important, truly exceptional, hygiene and consumer properties that explain why things made of it enjoy such popularity.

Linen has a wonderful character, and here are Linen Properties:

Excellent absorbing qualities

Linen fabrics are well known for its excellent absorbing qualities, meaning it rapidly absorbs and gives up moisture. Absorbing water as quickly as a pond surface, before giving a feeling of being wet, linen cloth can absorb as much as 20% of its dry weight.  This explains why linen cloth always feels fresh and cool. What is more, absorbing qualities are very useful for towels. It is recommended to wash the linen textile before the use to gain the best absorbent qualities.

Antistatic Properties of flax

Linen clothes does not accumulate static electricity - even a small addition of flax fibers (up to 10%) to a cloth is enough to eliminate the static electricity effect creating a microclimate of enhanced comfort. No more worries about electric static clothes when wearing linen.

Hard and long lasting fiber

Linen is renowned for its spectacular durability and long life. One reason why it is so - linen resists dirt and doesn't develop a furry texture. Interesting thing about linen, its durability and the high density give Linen at least twice the life of cotton. It is important to know that linen and linen-containing articles are easily laundered in hot water, may be boiled and dried in the sun, besides they may be hot-ironed. For more information about linen care read Linen Care Tips. Take a note, linen has a smooth surface and mat luster, which feels pleasant to the touch. The more you wash linen the softer and smoother it becomes.

Ecological linen

Linen is well known environment friendly fabric. When choose linen over cotton, you’re helping the planet because flax (the crop from which linen is derived) requires less water than cotton to grow, requires fewer other resources, and all the flax by-products are put to good use. One more thing, linen is not necessarily needed to be dyed since it performs beautiful shades of natural colors. Finally, linen products do not need to be finished in any chemical methods, what makes it chemical-free fabric.

Anti-bacterial linen

The use of linen does not cause any allergies and eliminates many kinds of irritations on the skin. What is more, linen is hygienic. This quality helps to decrease some skin diseases - from common rashes to chronic eczemas. This is why linen fabric is suitable for kids even with the most sensitive skin.

Some news from Japanese researchers, studies have shown that bed-ridden patients do not develop bedsores where linen bed sheets are used. Linen naturally suppresses live pathogenic micro flora, bacteria and fungi flax is found to be an effective barrier to some diseases.