GARMENT CARE HOT TIPS
So, you got yourself some rad threads! How do you keep them rad?
Here's 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 em together. To still be 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 stuff too.**
- Gentle spin cycle if you can, OR chuck em in a wash bag : easy fix!
- We like to hang our fave pieces inside: safe from birds and keeps your black things from fading. If you do want to hang things outside (the sun makes things fresh so we get it) then just turn your black/dark pieces inside-out so they can fade on the inside but stay sharp on the outside!
- 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.
- Dry-cleaning 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: chlorine bleach will actually turn your white cottons yellow over time. That and it's not a 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 dodgey public bathroom rinse or soap-up will do it.
1. Wash as per label: Or if your garment doesn't have one...
2. Wash with like colours, use a mild detergent. A warm wash is ok with linen but cooler water will mean your clothing will last longer, as the heat leaches the plant oils. These natural oils are what give us the amazing soft sheen and feel of linen. **
3. Shake out and line dry in the shade.To get the least crush in your linen it’s best to just shake them well after the wash (while still damp) and they will dry with a natural hang and smoothness. Then, surprises all round here: Don’t iron them. Yup, that’s right. If you just shake and dry them they will crush less during the day than if you iron. AND extra bonus, you don’t have to iron them! Joy!
1. Heat and friction will change the fleece by melting or matting the tiny fibers that make it so fluffy and warm, causing things like pilling. So spot clean where possible, then if you have to wash, avoid heat! Don't iron, wash in cold water on a delicate cycle, or hand wash. Then air dry, prefs in the sun, but you can tumble dry on low heat.
2. Avoid Bleach, and avoid fabric softener - it can discolour the fabric, or leave a stain, and bleach will break down the fibres.
Our quick-fix is to wash on a cold cycle in a delicates washbag - this also helps to reduce any micro-fibres that may come off the garment in the wash.