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 pop them in a wash bag : easy fix!
- We like to hang our fave pieces on the line so they get the anti-bacterial properties of the sun. Just turn your black/dark/printed items inside-out so the colours will stay darker, longer.
- 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.
- Spin-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: 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. IF YOUR WHITE TEE HAS GONE YELLOW: you can soak it in a Washing Soda soution (you can get this in the laundry isle of most supermakets, usually on the top shelf, and instructions for the soak are on the bag) if that doesn't move it, you can try doing a boil in the same solution, but this is not recommended for vintage fabrics or prints.
- STAINS: the sooner you get them out the better! Even a sneaky public bathroom soap-up will do it, just rinse and pat dry with paper, then pop in the wash as soon as you get home
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 change the fleece by melting/matting the tiny fibers that make it fluffy and warm (ie: pilling). So spot clean where possible, then if you have to wash, avoid heat! 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 if pushed.
2. Avoid Bleach, and avoid fabric softener - it can discolour the fabric, or leave a stain, and bleach will break down the fibres.
3. Don't Iron. If you have to, make it a LOW HEAT only, and cover with an ironing cloth (cotton sheet, or clean rag) for an extra layer of protection.
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.
1. Check the label to see the amount of elastane or spandex in the garment, if it’s 5% or less, you can wash and dry as normal. If it’s higher than 6%, do as follows:
- hand wash to prevent excessive stretching
- never use detergent containing chlorine bleach, nor fabric conditioner
- use lukewarm water (max 30°C) for both washing and rinsing
- treat oily stains ASAP, as they can be hard to remove once set
FOR STAINS: apply a small amount of mild liquid detergent to the stain, rub it in gently, then wash as instructed. If you’re out, then after the detergent, put a clean paper towel behind the stain, then dampen another paper towel with a little water and dab out the detergent.
NOTE: tight-fitting workout/clubbing gear needs cleaning with every use. If it seems stanky, give it a pre-soak in a solution of baking soda and cool water (1 cup should do it) for 0.5-2hrs in a bowl with enough room to cover the garment in the water/bi-carb solution