The linen of Fog Linen Work is not "stone-washed". Indeed, the stone-washing process usually involves the use of high-dosis chemicals such as chlorine, which may be harmful for the environment and factory workers. The aim of this process is to give the fabric a softness that usually happens after many washes.
Because we do not use the chemical-based stone-washing process, our linen is still pure and you will need to "break the linen", to make it softer (except for the clothing collection, in this case we take care of softening the fabric before the sewing of the clothing). Here are a few recommendations to do so:
1. The first step of softening your linen:
Start by laundering your linen, then tossing it in the dryer on low, or drip-drying it on a line. Remove linen items while they are still slightly damp to avoid setting in wrinkles and increasing the stiff feeling. Repeatedly washing your linen helps speed the process of softening the fabric.
2. Special treatment for a perfectly soft linen:
Here is a little tip for extra softness: soak the linen overnight in a solution of 1 cup of white vinegar to 1 gallon of water before washing. Use dryer balls during the drying cycle, because once again, you're trying to increase friction.
3. A note on fabric softeners:
Traditional (chemical) fabric softeners may not work well on linen fabric; plus, they may add a chemical residue or a scent that you don't want. They can also make linen dishtowels less absorbent and effective for drying dishes. Opt for a natural fabric softening method by adding a solution of 1/2 cup of baking soda or 1 cup of vinegar to the wash.