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post #10936 of 12540
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Originally Posted by NeedForTweed123 View Post

There was a spot of dirt on my linen pants so I spot cleaned with soap and a rag. Now the fabric feels coarse and is discolored. Will a hand wash fix it or does it need to be dry cleaned? I'm asking here because I don't know much about linen and don't know if the fabric is permanently ruined, worn down, or just stained.

letting us know what exactly caused the stain would help us to help you! thanks!
post #10937 of 12540
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Originally Posted by P-K-L View Post

letting us know what exactly caused the stain would help us to help you! thanks!
I'm not sure, I bought the pants used and the stain wasn't there when I got them. I didn't even wear them but there was a brown spot that looked like dirt before I attempted to clean it.
post #10938 of 12540
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Originally Posted by NeedForTweed123 View Post

I'm not sure, I bought the pants used and the stain wasn't there when I got them. I didn't even wear them but there was a brown spot that looked like dirt before I attempted to clean it.

I'd start looking for a new used pair of linen trousers...
post #10939 of 12540
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Originally Posted by P-K-L View Post

I'd start looking for a new used pair of linen trousers...
So then are they ruined?
post #10940 of 12540
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Originally Posted by NeedForTweed123 View Post

So then are they ruined?

Learn to live with the fading smile.gif
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Originally Posted by hirschlederne View Post

Learn to live with the fading smile.gif
But I don't think it's fading. The fabric feels coarse in that spot.
post #10942 of 12540
I'd go ahead and wash them and hope they fade throughout. Linen looks good faded and worn.
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^^

+1 on washing them but make sure you use cold water, linen will shrink.
post #10944 of 12540
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Originally Posted by emptym View Post

I'd go ahead and wash them and hope they fade throughout. Linen looks good faded and worn.
Would that damage them? The tag says dry clean only.
post #10945 of 12540
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Originally Posted by tchoy View Post

^^

+1 on washing them but make sure you use cold water, linen will shrink.

If I were to wash linen garment, should I want by hand or machine with short cycle?
post #10946 of 12540
I use Irish linen pants a lot. Before having them made up, I wash and tumble dry myself to remove all shrinkage. After they are made up, I simply throw them into the wash with other cottons, hang dry and press. Fading is part of the deal with linen and cotton. Looks good IMHO.
post #10947 of 12540
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Originally Posted by NeedForTweed123 View Post

Would that damage them? The tag says dry clean only.
I don't know about those particular pants, but I've washed lots of things that say "dry clean only." You could try dry cleaning them, but there's a good chance the fade will remain in that spot. At that point you could try to wash them to try to make the fade uniformly. Tchoy is right that if you do wash them, use cold water and hang dry. Either way, if the irregular fading remains you could try redying them or using a dye remover to turn them a natural color. Actually it's best to use the dye remover before redying them. After using the remover, just make sure you wash them again a couple times. The color can change drastically after a wash or two. You'd have to decide if they're worth all that trouble. Could be a fun and interesting experiment though.
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Originally Posted by honpan View Post

If I were to wash linen garment, should I want by hand or machine with short cycle?
Either way's probably fine.
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Originally Posted by kolecho View Post

I use Irish linen pants a lot. Before having them made up, I wash and tumble dry myself to remove all shrinkage. After they are made up, I simply throw them into the wash with other cottons, hang dry and press. Fading is part of the deal with linen and cotton. Looks good IMHO.
I usually do too. I've even done this for some deconstructed sport coats Luxire's made for me. But I have a pair of linen pants from Ambrosi that I just may dry clean. He didn't preshring the fabric. T4phage has washed his, but I'm scared.
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Originally Posted by jerrybrowne View Post

Gents. I'm trying to find these fabrics, or something like them. Any leads? Ed says the top one is Loro Piana...





TIA
great buttonhole... maker?
post #10949 of 12540
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Originally Posted by emptym View Post

I don't know about those particular pants, but I've washed lots of things that say "dry clean only." You could try dry cleaning them, but there's a good chance the fade will remain in that spot. At that point you could try to wash them to try to make the fade uniformly. Tchoy is right that if you do wash them, use cold water and hang dry. Either way, if the irregular fading remains you could try redying them or using a dye remover to turn them a natural color. Actually it's best to use the dye remover before redying them. After using the remover, just make sure you wash them again a couple times. The color can change drastically after a wash or two. You'd have to decide if they're worth all that trouble. Could be a fun and interesting experiment though.
Either way's probably fine.
I usually do too. I've even done this for some deconstructed sport coats Luxire's made for me. But I have a pair of linen pants from Ambrosi that I just may dry clean. He didn't preshring the fabric. T4phage has washed his, but I'm scared.

Were these wool jackets?

Also, can you hand/machine wash a canvassed linen jacket?
post #10950 of 12540
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Originally Posted by Odd I/O View Post

Were these wool jackets?

Also, can you hand/machine wash a canvassed linen jacket?
Nope! You will ruin it!
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