We are proud to demonstrate the best characteristics and quality of linen, made in our small country - Lithuania.


Flax does not require special conditions or a very hot climate. The Baltic Sea region is the most suitable place to cultivate flax because of its natural environment. The dark natural linen colour is one of the unique features that is typical only for our region and is highly valued across the whole world. So what is the story behind it?
Our linen has to receive a bit of wind, a little bit of sun, and few drops of rain – all of which is a composition very common to Baltic States. These conditions determine the darker colour of the linen. Linen is also known for its long lasting quality. Linen provided with admixture of synthetics is more shallow. The fiber has no ability to “breathe“. It has no specific thickness nor the tenuity of proper thread. Furthermore, it is grown in hot climate, which enables much lighter colour.


The question is – how to recognise pure linen? It is believed that the naked eye can recognise the thickness and tenuity, lengthwise and crosswise, of 100 %high quality linen fabrics. Whereas, in fabric made of linen and cotton, the thread thickens up only in a lateral way!


Pure linen is a fine fabric that must be treated carefully. It is a natural fibre, so you will need to treat it as such. It launders beautifully and gets softer every time. Do not be mistaken, linen requires ironing, but the tendency to wrinkle is often considered part of linen’s particular charm.



  • For the first time, better linen wash separately in cold water using regular (non-bleach) detergent. After the initial washing, you can wash with similar colors in warm water, if necessary. If needed detergent, use that is dye-free to avoid stains and mineral deposits.

  • Use plenty of water because linen absorbs water very well.

  • You can use higher temperatures for the touch stain removal, however, temperature should not exceed 40°C for colored linens and 60°C for pure white linens as it can affect fabric strength and elasticity.

  • We better recommend to use liquid soaps, instead of  powders which often fail to dissolve and may stain or bleach. Soap works best in soft water. In hard water it forms curds that makes fabrics dingy and stiff.

  • Remove stains while still fresh. If allowed to set, stains may be hard, if not impossible, to remove at a later date.

  • Whether hand or machine washing, be sure to rinse the linen item completely in lots of water to remove all soap, detergent and residual soil. This will help to avoid formation of “age spots“ which are caused by oxidation of cellulose – linens primary component.

  • Place delicate or fringed linens in a pillowcase before putting them into a washing machine.

  • Never use chlorine bleaches to avoid damage to the fibre.

  • After washing, line-dry or dry flat. Acceptable standard of shrinkage first time is 3-5 %, seldom might be 8-10 %.

  • When dry cleaning is the method of cleaning used, it is important to point out spots so the dry cleaner can pretreat the stain correctly.

  • Never tumble dry linen as this can over-dry the fibres and makes ironing more difficult. Linen naturally dries quickly anyway.

  • Avoid drying natural and dyed linen in bright sunlight but to keep white linens white, try drying them in the sun.

  • It is better to iron linen fabric with hot iron from the backside. Dark linens should be ironed on the wrong side only, white or light-colored linens – on the wrong side first, then on the right side. To iron embroidered linen do it from the backside spreading terry towel underneath, which helps to prevent unnecessary pressing of embroidered patterns.

  • Use a press cloth to safeguard delicate lace and cutwork while ironing. A press cloth also helps to avoid press marks over seams, hems and pockets.

  • If your linens are dry and difficult to iron, recommend to put them in a plastic bag and place it in the freezer for 20 – 30 minutes, to make ironing easier.

  • Press with a hot iron while damp. If the table linens are completely dry, you may also dampen with a fine mist before pressing. Remember, pure linen can withstand the highest temperature settings (200°C). Steam helps to avoid burning.

  • Once wrinkles are gone, hang the linen item until it is bone dry.

  • To store most linens try to avoid folding them since folds stress the fabric. Store linen rolled rather than folded in dry, well-ventilated areas. To store your linens, make sure that you let them get some air. If you fold your linens, store them in a pillowcase, use acid-free tissue either muslin or other breathable bag, will ease the stress. The acids in regular tissue paper can yellow linen. Never store linen in an airtight container or plastic.

  • Refolding occasionally to distribute wear will also help minimize damage. Storing linens flat would be ideal.


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A stain can really put a damper on your day. But with these stain removal tips, you will be able to remove even the toughest stains from your linens. Frequently, however, the items have stains that require removal prior to use. The first step is to examine the stain closely, next rule about stain removal is to act quickly to keep the stain from setting into the linen. The main rule is to follow care labels.


IMMEDIATE STAIN REMOVAL TIPS


Try a little club soda. Do not allow stains to sit long. Plunge immediately into cold water. Wash and rinse. Many stains can be removed by soaking in a non-biological solution overnight. Gin or vodka – these colourless spirits dissolve stains immediately. Nature is the best bleacher. Hanging tablecloths from a clothesline or laying it outside on a sheet in the grass after washing will do a beautiful job of lightening yellow stains. Make sure that if you hang your tablecloth on the clothesline, you are not stretching the ends. Use several clothespins to hang it straight across the line.


SPECIFIC STAINS REMOVAL TIPS


Alcoholic Drinks
Launder in the hottest water safe for the fabric. Soap may make the stain permanent. Soak in a solution of water and non-chlorine powdered bleach. Line dry in sun. If all the sugars from the alcohol are not removed, a brown stain will appear when the fabric is ironed, as the sugar caramelizes in the heat.


Ballpoint Ink 
Hold stain against towel, spray closely from behind with aerosol hair spray. Ink should transfer to towel.


Beverages
Soak in cool water. Rewash with stain remover. Launder using chlorine bleach, if this is safe for fabric, or oxygen bleach.


Blood
Immediately rinse with cool water. For dried stains, soak in warm water with a product containing enzymes. Launder it.


Candle Wax
Using the dull side of a knife, scrape off as much of the wax as possible. Then cover the wax with absorbent paper and iron it on a medium setting, changing out the paper until the wax is gone.


Chemicals
Some hair and skin products, such as acne lotions or toothpastes that contain oxidizing agents, may discolor colored sheets and towels. When using such products, it is the safest to sleep on white linens.


Chocolate
Prewash with product containing enzymes in warm water or treat with prewash stain remover. Launder.


Coffee, Tea, Soda
Rub stain with a liquid detergent and launder in the hottest water safe for the fabric or soak in a solution of water and non-chlorine powdered bleach.


Collar, Cuff Soil
Prewash with stain remover, liquid laundry detergent or paste of granular detergent and water. Launder.


Cosmetics
Prewash with stain remover, liquid laundry detergent or paste of granular detergent and water or rub with bar of soap. Launder.


Dairy Products
Soak in a product containing enzymes for at least 30 minutes or even hours for aged stains. Launder.


Deodorants Anti-Perspirants
Pretreat with liquid laundry detergent. Launder it. For heavy stains pretreat with prewash stain remover. Allow to stand 5 to 10 minutes. Launder using an oxygen bleach.


Egg
Soak in product containing enzymes. Launder.


Fruit
Juice Rinse with cool water.


Grass
Soak in product containing enzymes. If stains persist, launder using a chlorine bleach, if this is safe for fabric, or oxygen bleach.


Grease Spots, Oil
Pretreat with prewash stain remover or liquid laundry detergent. For heavy stains, place stain face down on clean paper towels. Apply cleaning agent to back of stain. Replace paper towels under stain frequently. Let dry, rinse and launder using hottest water safe for fabric.


Ink
Lay the fabric against a towel, stain side down, then spray the fabric closely from behind with aerosol hair spray. The ink should transfer to the towel. Or use ink eradicator on undyed, untreated linen.


Lemon, Lime Juice, Vinegar
Rinse immediately with cool water.


Lipstick
On pure linen, rub with a little salad oil to dissolve lipstick, then launder to remove oil.


Meat Juice
Rinse with cool water but never use hot water.


Mildew
Badly mildewed fabrics may be beyond repair. Launder stained item using chlorine bleach, if safe for fabric. Or soak in oxygen bleach and hot water. Then launder.


Perspiration
Use prewash stain remover or rub with bar of soap. If color of fabric has changed, apply ammonia to fresh stains, white vinegar to old stains and rinse. Launder using hottest water safe for fabric.


Red Wine
Cover with salt if stain is fresh, then rinse with cool water. If stain has dried, try club soda.


Rust
Bleach will make the stains permanent. Remove stains with repeated applications of lemon juice and salt. Do not allow fabric to dry between applications.


Scorch
Launder stained item using chlorine bleach, if safe for fabric. Or soak in oxygen bleach and hot water. Then launder.


Smoke Odours/Yellowing
Soak he item overnight in a solution of tepid water and non-chlorine powdered bleach and place outside all day in the sun.


Tar
Scrape residue from fabric. Place stain face down on paper towels. Sponge with cleaning fluid. Replace towels frequently. Launder in hottest water safe for fabric.


Tomato, Tomato Juice
Rinse with cool water.


White Wine
Use club soda.
 

Useful to remember!
The linen fabric does not turn yellowish, it becomes whiter and gentler after times. With a little forethought and tender linen care, your keepsake linens will last the lifetime, could be passed from generation to generation and live happily in your home for years to come.