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Uses of Linens

7/12/2012 3:31:03 PM | by Anonymous

Linens

Being one of the oldest form of woven fabric in human history, the earliest fragments of linen cloth had been found in Egyptian tombs that date back to the 4000 BCE. It is made from fibers of the flax plant and traces of this material had been found in cloth fragments in Europe dating back to the Neolithic prehistoric age. At one point of time, this material was valued so much that only the royalty were considered suitable for wearing clothes made out of it. Purple linen would be used to represent royalty and class in the making of a king’s robe.

The quality of the linen depends greatly on the quality of the plant that is a temperamental plant to grow. The fibers, which are found in the stalk of the plant, require a long and tedious extracting process that is very costly, which in turn makes the material very costly. Also, the stalks are hand-picked to ensure the best quality of linen would be produced. Today, some manufacturers may process flax on cotton machines to make linen; however this results in lower-quality linen which would not fetch as much as a better quality material. Good quality linen would be soft, moth resistant and would be able to repel dirt. Due to its ability to absorb and lose water quickly, this fabric has become very popular in hot climate countries such as Singapore, as it is able to ‘wick’ perspiration from the skin almost immediately.

Linens can be used for a variety of applications. From tablecloths and napkins to clothing and decorations, linen has proven to be useful for a variety of purposes.

Tablecloths

Linen has been used as a tablecloth in households for several years now. It is preferred over cotton or other fabrics as it proves to be more durable. It is able to absorb water very quickly and does not get damaged by any liquid spills easily which makes it an ideal choice. Liquid or food spills can be easily cleaned up from the dinner table using linen tablecloths.

Napkins

Just like tablecloth, napkins are able to soak up spills on the dinner table easily and effectively. The spills and wetness does not damage the cloth making them an ideal choice for use of clearing up after a meal.

Clothing

Linen clothing is a popular choice, especially in warm climate countries. Its construction is lightweight and it allows for air to pass through, which gives the user a cooling effect in hot weather. Also, as it is easily able to absorb moisture, it can absorb the sweat off the users’ skin very fast, providing a very cooling effect. It is commonly used in the manufacture of shirts, t-shirts, pants and even dresses. However, a disadvantage of using linen is the fact that it wrinkles very easily, which might not be ideal if the user is going to attend meetings. The constant wrinkling requires for the user to iron the cloth very frequently. However, the benefits that the cloth offers overcome the disadvantage.

Decoration

Linen has a very nice texture which allows for it to be used in decorating of homes. One could take any unwanted linen that is meant to be disposed and make decorative items out of it. Some example can be cutting the material into small sizes to serve as coasters for drinks. Using linen that has different colors and design could add to the decorative element. Not only as coasters but the unwanted material can even be used as tablecloths or floor mats.

Cleaning and storage of linens

Proper care of household linens is important no matter what purpose they serve. If a linen cloth is used as a tablecloth or napkin, it may frequently encounter stains from foods, drinks or even oils. Stains that occur from regular foods or drinks can be easily rinsed off immediately, however stains that occur from red wines or berries are usually more stubborn and difficult to get rid off. Washing the cloth on hot water may help to get rid of these stains. Also, linen materials that are used as clothing or other household uses should be regularly washed with hot water in order to eliminate all bacteria that might be present on these cloths. A user should always take the extra steps to ensure that his or her linen fabrics are not damaged and clean for use.

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