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Ian Harper

How To Clean Sofas – Identifying Fibres Linen

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Identifying Fibres Linen


Linen is seldom yarn dyed. The surface of the natural flax fibre is hard and non porous and is impenetrable to dyes. The cells of the fibre are held together with tissue that can be broken down only is a severe bleaching process. highly coloured linens, therefore will not last over time and you will find most are pastel shades.


Linen is especially durable, Being 2 or 3 times as strong as cotton. among the natural fibres its only second to silk.


Linen has no significant elasticity. it is in fact the least elestic of the natural fibres.


Linen absorbs moisture and dries more quickly

Cleanliness And Washability

Linen cleans really well

Reaction To Bleaches

Linen Does nor stain readily as cotton but it is also more difficult to bleach. Like cotton its weakened by sodium hypochlorite bleaches.


Linen has more resistance to shrinkage than cotton

Effect Of Light

Linen is more resistant to light than cotton. but it will gradually deteriorate from protracted exposure.

Fastness Of Colour

On All Linen Fabrics It is Advisable to check for colour fastness.

Reaction To Alkalis

Linen, Like cotton is highly resistant to alkalis

Reaction To Acids

Linen is damaged by hot diluted and cold concentrated acids. cold diluted acids will not harm linen.

Resistant to Perspiration

Acid perspiration will deteriorate linen