- Generous fit
Linen becomes softer and more luxurious after each wash. Wash linen on low temperatures in lukewarm or cold water. Use the gentle machine cycle and a mild detergent to protect the fibers. For a natural look and feel, hang the linen item to dry until it is almost dry, then throw it in the dryer with no heat. For a more formal look, hang your linen item to dry completely, then iron with full steam to get a crisp look.