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Article: Choosing between air drying and machine drying for your linen laundry

Choosing between air drying and machine drying for your linen laundry

The crucial step in caring for linen is the drying process, and it is important to know which method to use. Typically, there are two main approaches available to you: air drying or machine drying. Although both methods will achieve dry laundry, it is essential to consider certain factors before making your choice.

In the following, we'll look at the pros and cons of these two drying methods, to help you determine which one is best for you and your linen items.


Tumble dry

Linen is actually one of the strongest natural fibers and one of the most durable materials, requiring minimal maintenance. If your linen has been previously washed during the production process (as is the case for Tomète brand items), it is entirely possible to machine dry it. This drying method is ideal for those looking for speed and convenience, as well as those who live in smaller spaces without room to hang out sheets (hello city dwellers!).

However, if you opt for this drying method, it is recommended that you set your machine to the lowest temperature possible and avoid overloading it. Too high temperatures encourage the shrinking process and can increase friction, wear and tear in the fabric.

Drying in the open air

Overall, air drying your linen will keep them in better condition for longer. This is because air drying is a gentler option than tumble drying and extends the life of the fabric by reducing the wear and tear that tumble dryers can sometimes cause. The process of drying your linen items in the most natural way possible is also beneficial to the environment. This will help reduce your carbon footprint and electricity consumption, which is good for both the planet and your wallet.

However, it is essential to hang your linen laundry out of direct sunlight to avoid any risk of fading. Over-drying linen, especially in direct sunlight, can cause the fabric to become brittle.


In conclusion

Both air drying and tumble drying at low temperatures are perfectly acceptable for drying your Tomète linen laundry. However, if you have the time and want to extend the life of your linen items as much as possible, it is recommended to opt for air drying, as it is less damaging to the linen fibers. . This method helps preserve the fibers, colors, shape and elasticity of your laundry, so we encourage you to use it as much as possible!