So, you got yourself some rad threads! How do you keep them rad long-term?
Here are our best tips for keeping your goods GOOD!
- WASH WITH LIKE COLOURS - we've all done the accidental red sock in the wash, and we love pink sure! But if you don't want a that patchy pink, or grey on your light things, then wash them separately. To stay water-wise we wash all our linens, sheets and light coloured towels with our light stuff, and that keeps the lint from your towels off your dark pieces too.
- Gentle spin cycle if you can, OR chuck them in a wash bag : easy fix!
- Hang your fave pieces inside. In the sun black fabrics will fade, and whites can yellow over time. If you do want to hang things outside (the sun does make things fresh, so we get it) then just turn your dark pieces inside-out.
- If you hang things on hangers to dry, make sure you put the hanger in from the bottom, this will keep your neckline in shape for longer.
- Tumble-drying is fine on low/warm occasionally, but avoid the 'hot' setting, and try to keep it to a minimum because it does wear the fabric faster.
- DON'T BLEACH: like the sun, chlorine bleach can actually turn your white cottons yellow. Plus, it's no friend to the seas. A plain old soap will help remove stains (you can leave it for an hour or two) and you can also wet the stain and sprinkle it with salt or bi-carb to draw the colour out of the fabric.
- STAINS: the sooner you get them out the better! Even a public bathroom rinse or soap will usually do the trick. Just give it a quick wash, and pat dry with paper on both sides of the fabric to help absorb any remaining colour.
- Wash as per label, but if you're label-less:
- Wash with like colours, in cool water, and use a mild detergent. A warm wash is ok with linen, but cooler water and mild detergent will help your clothing last longer as the heat leaches the plant oils and wears the fabric out more quickly. These natural oils are what give linen the amazing soft sheen and feel that we love.
To get the least crush in your linen it’s best to just shake, or flick, them out after the wash (while still damp) and they'll dry with a natural hang and smoothness. Then, surprises all round, DON'T IRON THEM. Yup, that’s right. The shake-and-dry method crushes less during the day than if you iron. Plus, you don't have to iron!