How to Clean My Linen Lounge
Linen is a popular, stylish, and practical fabric that has stood the test of time. It can, however, prove to be a tad difficult to clean. So how do you clean your linen lounge? What are the drawbacks and affordances of owning a linen couch? Read on to find out.
Why choose a linen lounge?
- Aesthetics. Linen is renowned for its effortless style. It exudes a refined sophistication that can be dressed up for a full luxurious effect or relaxed into a cozier ambience.
- Durable. When treated properly, they can last a lifetime! It has more than double the strength of cotton.
- Eco-friendly and sustainable. Linen is made from flax plants which are extremely easy to grow. The production process also uses remarkably less chemicals and labour relative to other fabrics.
- Temperature regulating. This means it can keep you warm in winter and cool in summer.
- Anti-static. Dust does not settle on linen as readily as it does on other fabrics – a highly valuable feature for those with allergies.
- Anti-bacterial properties. Linen has a reputation for maintaining a timelessly ‘fresh’ appearance. This is, in part, due to its anti-bacterial properties that help keep it looking and smelling clean.
What are the drawbacks of linen lounges?
- Quick to wrinkle.
- Sensitive to sunlight.
- Liquid adverse. Linen does not cope well with liquid. Even water can create noticeable discolouration. This can make the cleaning process more difficult and spills/stains catastrophic.
- Sensitive to cleaning products. Linen needs a careful hand when being cleaned. It is always recommended to do a spot check on a less visible area before using a new cleaning product.
- Black sheep. The temperamental nature of the linen vs. liquid relationship makes most professional cleaning companies nervous. You may have a hard time contracting someone to perform a proper clean.
How to Clean Your Linen Couch
Is linen easy to maintain?
Linen is incredibly easy to maintain – provided you are conscious of each piece’s specific care instructions.
As mentioned above, linen is naturally anti-static and extremely durable. You can keep your linen furniture at a high level of cleanliness with regular vacuuming. The trick, however, is how to respond to spills and stains the require more abrasive cleaning methods.
Make sure you are fully aware of the care instructions of your specific piece of furniture. You may even be able to wash the cushion covers. If in doubt, contact the store or site you purchased the item off. They should be able to tell you.
How to remove stains from linen?
Linen reacts quite violently to liquid – including water. It is quick to become discoloured. If your linen lounge succumbs to staining, you only really have a few options available to you:
- Dab (never rub!) the spoiled area with a dry cloth to try and lift the stain. This is only useful if you can react quickly to the incident.
- Vacuum the lounge in the hopes of lifting any loose particulates from the spill. Again, be careful not to rub at the area as it may spread the stain or push it further into the linen.
- Contact an upholstery cleaning specialist. If you do opt for a professional cleaning, make sure they have a linen specialist or someone who at least has a lot of experience working with linen. If they are recommending a steam clean, go find somebody else.
Top Tips and take aways
- Seek out linen-specific cleaning products. Once again, do a test patch before applying the chemical to the full lounge.
- Try your best to keep liquid off your linen – it reacts very violently
- Keep your upholstered linen items away from direct sunlight. Routinely move them around the room and keep the curtains/blind lowered during times of peak sunlight.
- Never rub at stains or marks, only dab.
- React quickly to spills.
- Test all new cleaning products or methods of small, inconspicuous test patches before you apply them to the entire lounge.
If you have any questions, would like to discuss the contents of this page further, or have some linen of your own that you’d like cleaned. Give us a call on 1800 00 1010 and we would love to help you out.