Linen. It’s timeless, classic, elegant and versatile. Made from the flax plant, linen is also a natural fibre, and along with its beautiful appeal, it’s becoming increasingly favoured in the home design worlds for its durability and the fact that it is by nature an eco-friendly material.
Linen can be used as upholstery for a variety of furnishings, contributing a sense of high-end, designer appeal and subtle texture. In terms of care and maintenance, linen also tends to stand out.
Is Linen Easy to Maintain?
When selecting fabric for furniture upholstery, one of the first questions many people have is how durable it is. They also wonder if it will be relatively resistant to stains and easy to care for over time. Furniture can be an investment, so it’s important to select materials that will stand the test of time.
Linen is one of those materials.
Linen is on average about three times stronger than cotton, and the long fibre length means it’s not going to pill like so many other fabrics used to upholster furniture. It’s also naturally resistant to bacteria and mildew.
Some linen upholstery and furnishings may include built-in stain protection and resistance, which can be ideal, particularly if there are children or pets in your home. There are also DIY options, such as spray-on fabric and upholstery protectors. These products can create a repellant from stains and spills.
How Do You Clean Linen?
If you have linen upholstery and furniture items that do get a stain or spill on them, there are measures you can take to clean them.
A good rule of thumb for cleaning linen upholstery is first to vacuum the fabric. This can help remove the dust from the material before you begin cleaning stains. If you don’t have a vacuum handy, you can also use a dry brush. Then, once you’ve thoroughly removed any dust particles that might have been hanging on, if the stain is still wet you can gently blot it with a white cloth. Be careful that you’re not rubbing the stain.
Then, once you’ve blotted as much of the stain as you can, you can spot clean the upholstery using water and a white cloth. You may also use a store-bought upholstery cleaning solution or a bit of soap with the water, but it’s important to first spot test any solution on a small area of the fabric that’s unseen, to make sure it doesn’t cause discoloration.
If you’d like to clean an entire sofa or another piece of linen furniture, you can sprinkle it with baking soda and then vacuum it using a brush attachment. This can help not only remove stains and debris without the need for water or chemicals, but it can also remove any lingering odours that might be hiding in your linen furniture.
If you’re unsure of how to clean your linen upholstery you can contact a professional, but luckily this natural material is relatively easy to maintain and clean, and there are plenty of at-home solutions you can do on your own that are likely to leave you with an excellent result. This may be one you need to make when you get difficult-to-remove stains. Rather than make a DIY job of it, and potentially damage the fabric further, let a professional handle it.
Lavender Hill Interiors only used pure 100% linen to upholster all their gorgeous French & Hamptons furniture.