All Himla textiles are made from the purest natural materials. Linen is our true passion, but we also use cotton and, in a few products, wool and silk. Natural fibres have a unique structure, and can vary in the way they react to use and washing. To protect the special structure and properties of these textiles, it’s important to get to know how they behave. Just follow the simple guidelines below – and our textiles will give you plenty of enjoyment in the years to come.
Woven from ax, linen is a durable natural fabric that is very good at absorbing and releasing moisture. If woven properly, it makes a ne fabric for towels, sheets, pillowcases, tablecloths and napkins. Linen’s smooth surface also makes removing dust and spots relatively easy. Take care of your linen, and you will be rewarded with a fabric that ages more gracefully than other woven fabrics – and becomes more beautiful and pleas- ant with time.
Care Always vary the way you fold your linen, and roll it up for storage. This will protect it from tearing. To preserve your linen’s natural shine and structure, avoid too much heat. For best results, store linen in a dark, dry place. We recommend you to air and shake your curtains, to preserve the original shine of the weave. Excess lint after wash can be brushed o with a soft brush.
Washing • Linen and half linen should be washed at 60°C. Fragile linen products, such as thinner and loose weaved curtains, are recommended to be aired and gentle hand wash to preserve the original shine of the weave. • Choose a gentle cycle and use mild detergent. • Wash whites and colours separately. • Let your linen dripdry, stretch the seams and let it rest for at least twenty-four hours before mangling. • Cold mangle the linen once when it is still damp, and once again after it has dried. Alternatively, you can iron linen with a hot iron while it is still slightly damp. • Wash delicate linen preferably by hand. • Himla’s open-weave fabrics should be dry cleaned. • Wash awashed linen product according to the washing instructions, to preserve its condition. • Wash and air dry alternatively tumble dry on low temperature to receive more visible wrinkles.
Cotton is a durable material that is highly resistant to heat, and that has excellent absorption properties. Because of these properties, the material is used in many types of textile fabrics.
Care Cotton becomes soiled easily, but it can also withstand hard washing. Washing terry towels once prior to use will improve their ability to absorb moisture, as well as removing excess bers.
Washing • Wash at 40°C or 60°C. • Cotton can withstand high temperatures, but will shrink if washed in too hot water. • Keep whites and colours separate. • Iron or mangle while damp to regain a smooth surface. • Avoid using fabric softeners on terry towels as they reduce absorption. • Washed percale should tumble dry. Take out of the tumble dryer before it is completely dry. • Washed satin should tumble dry.
Wool is an elastic, insulating fabric with a phenomenal ability to absorb moisture. Its properties vary depending on the length of the bers. Long-hair wool is used for durable yarn, while short-hair wool produces a softer yarn, keeping you warmer.
Care Wool should not be washed too frequently. As an alternative to washing, try hanging it outdoors in damp weather and brushing it off.
Washing • Himla recommends to wool wash or dry cleaning our wool products. Read the washing instructions.