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HOW TO TAKE CARE OF NATURAL (noble) FIBERS ?

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Start by pre-treating stains with safe stain remover solution. For odors, you can soak it in a ¼ cup of white vinegar and room temperature water solution for 30 minutes (always turn garments inside out). Always group your wooly garments together by color category. Caution: room or cold water only, and gentle hand movements so as to not stretch, pull or twist the fabric.

Then, clean with pH neutral delicates cleaner. Add the item and gently saturate and work through the water—avoid rubbing and twisting. Squeeze the item in different areas with hands several times to get everything soaked nicely. Then, let the garments sit for up to 30 minutes. The water might darken, this is normal. When this is done, dump out the basin and press each garment against the side of the basin to remove as much water as you can. Remember, no wringing or harsh moves to get rid of water. Run cool water and rinse each garment, pressing it as you go to soak the clean water through the material. When the water runs suds-free, you know you’re all done.

To dry, lay the garment flat onto the towel. Roll up like a ‘burrito’ to help remove excess moisture and lay flat to dry. Don’t hang these garments because it can misshape them. Find a place to lay them flat, such as a drying rack with mesh inserts. To keep pieces wrinkle-free and fresh between washes, choose steaming over ironing (which can flatten the yarn). We advise you to store your woolen garments folded out flat rather than on a hanger, in order to preserve their shape.

 

 Generally speaking, SILK is fine to be hand-washed, but be aware of how easy it can shrink or be ruined by heat. It can also be degraded by perspiration, oils, creams, and is not as resilient as other materials we might like to wear. First, test it by dipping a small corner or seam into cool water and watch for a reaction; shrinking, wrinkling, puckering, color bleeding—any reaction to water indicates it’s not a good candidate for hand washing. If the garment passes the test, proceed to pre-treat stains with a safe stain product or bar. You can hand wash it the same way as the wool method.

When the wash is done, remove at once and lay flat to dry. Again, it can misshape if hung and can NOT be placed in the dryer.

Silk garments are best stored on a hanger in a dark space. Beware of moths, since they’re also fond of silk. Be careful when wearing silk: do not spray perfume directly on silk and take care not to rub jewelry against your garments.

careguide VLV
careguide VLV

 

Cotton can withstand machine washing. We recommend a wash cycle on ‘cotton’ at a maximum temperature of 40°C (white can be 60°C). Always group your cottonery together by color category. Dry cleaning may be necessary in some cases (for persistent stains, embroidery, delicate patterns …). In these cases, call on a professional. Cotton can withstand any type of solvent.

Drying Machine is very suitable for cotton garments (up to 80°). However, for a delicate garment (fine gauge or embroidery details, pearling, etc.) prefer a gentle drying cycle or drying in the open air.

Cotton can be ironed at a temperature of up to 200°C. Steam can be used freely to remove wrinkles. However, the preferred ironing temperature is a medium setting, to prevent cotton from turning yellow. Iron your garments inside-out to provide better care for the material.

Must be stored in a cool & dark space.

We recommend washing denim separately from everyday laundry. Contrary to popular belief, you don’t have to wash denim after every wear. New or old, you should always turn jeans inside out before placing them in the washing machine. This helps minimize the abrasion that causes fading as well as the wear that can happen along the hems, pockets, and fly and waistband edges. It’s also important to zip zippers and fasten buttons and snaps — this helps keep the jeans in shape and prevents snagging other items in the load. Use a detergent designed to preserve colors. They contain ingredients to help fabrics hold onto dyes and to deactivate the chlorine in the water that can fade colors. Finally, it’s best to wash jeans in cold water on a short, delicate cycle.

When it comes to drying jeans, be sure to turn your pair inside out and tumble dry them on a delicate cycle and low heat setting. Plus, jeans will actually last longer and stay in shape better if you take them out of the dryer when they’re slightly damp. Simply tug them into shape, smooth out the wrinkles, hang your jeans and let them air dry.

More tips :

Avoid cramming the washer and dryer full.

Separate light and dark jeans.

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