Our guide to ensure your garments last longer and look as good a new we have compiled our list of care information to suit different fabric types.
All it takes is a little TLC, providing the correct care, applying the appropriate preservation methods when washing at the correct temperatures, removing stains.
Drying - Shake out wet items from the washing machine to loosen creases. Don't overload your dryer and keep similar garments and fabrics together. Dry for long enough to remove moisture and wrinkles - any longer and the heat can set the wrinkles, increase static and cause shrinkage. Upon removal hang your clothes up immediately.
Ironing - Here are some of our hints and tips when ironing. Read the care label carefully, for the correct temperature for the fabric you are ironing. . Iron delicate fabrics on a low heat, using a cloth to finish the right side.
Do not iron clothes which are soiled or stained as the heat will set the stain. For items which specify drip dry, Iron whilst still damp on the wrong side using a cool iron.
Viscose - Wash with care on a low temperatures. To avoid creasing, was h on a short spin, do not wring. Iron while damp on a steam setting.
Cotton - Machine-washable, but may shrink or fade if washed at temperatures over 40°C. Iron while damp, using a steam setting. Cotton is so versatile and durable it is highly renown for being durable and comfortable and can be made into denim and canvas which is suitable for workwear or summer time.
With new technology, and sustainable sourcing there are many new cotton types, such as organic cotton.
Denim – Derive from cotton origins denim is one of the most versatile fabrics. To wash if not pre shrunk, wash at 30 on a cool wash. Turn inside out and wash separately as the colour can run. Iron on a high temperature while still damp, using steam.
Silk – one of the oldest forms of textiles, natural silk derives from the silk worm. Silk was considered a luxurious fabric, However with new technology silks the property of silk have changed, due to mixes of silk and manmade fibres making silk more accessible on the high street.
To care for silk, wash by hand using non-biological detergent or dependant on what the carelabel states, machine cycle on a delicate cycle. Don’t rub or wring the fabric. Use a fabric conditioner in the final rinse, then roll up in a clean, towel dry, squeezing lightly to remove any water.
Tips to improve colourfastness, with silk - Soak (after the final rinse) in a solution of 10ml white vinegar to 3L water. Leave for in for three minutes, then leave to dry. Iron while still slightly damp, using a cool setting.
If uncertain ask an expert - Never wash silk items at home if the care label says dry-clean only and never use enzyme-based detergents.
Linen - The strongest of the natural fibres, grown from flax, linen has 2-3 times the strength of cotton. Used for centuries for homewear, linen suits and shirts have become the staple of many summer wardrobes.
With new expertise linen has become one of the most versatile fabrics. now able as stretch knitwear, strong textiles for cars, bikes and many more.
Linen can be easily dyed and the colour does not fade when washed. Linen should always be washed by hand at cool temperatures or dry cleaned - although machine washable linen is becoming more accessible iron out any wrinkles easily. . Iron on the reverse whilst still damp, using a hot steam iron. You can use starch to give the fabric more shape.
Some linens can be washed on a hot wash, check care information on the label of your garment, then spin-dry. Hang to dry. Garments with anti-crease finishes should be dry-cleaned.
Polyester - Wash on a 40°C or 50°C synthetics programme with a short spin. Use fabric conditioner in the final rinse. Polyester can be tumble-dried. Treat grease stains immediately by soaking in a solution of biological detergent. Hand-wash pleated items and allow to drip-dry, if possible outside on a clothes line.
Jersey – With Jersey wash according to fibre type, or dry-clean. Short spin. Dry the garment flat, pulling back into its shape whilst still damp. Steam-iron on reverse side
Tweed - Dry-clean. To ensure the appropriate care
Wool – the way that wool can behave as a material can depend on how it's constructed and from which animal it comes from. For instance cashmere wool is one of the softest yarns while mohair has a rougher texture. Hand washed all cashmere and similar delicate knits in a gentle detergent similar to Woolite.
Wool can retain moisture, this can be absorbs by 30% of its weight before it even feels damp.
High temperature will shrink wool - check the label before you put it in the machine. Do not hang wool garments as it will its shape if hung on a line to dry. Air dry, flat and away from heat.
In order to preserve your garments from moths, keep them away by storing your woollen garments with lavender bags or cedar blocks.
In order to store your knitwear, you should fold not hang you garment, as knitwear can lose its shape, when hung. If you need to iron woollens, iron on the reverse side on a low heat.
All information provide is to be used as a guideline for the appropriate care to your garments, always read the care label and cleaning product information before use.
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