ADVICE FOR WASHING & PROBLEMS WITH FABRICS
All products we sell in our shop and webshop are extensively tested for quality and washability. We therefore strongly advise to always pay carefull attention to the quality and carelabels sewn in the clothes, this to avoid any problems in regard to washing and general treatment of the product.
EXPLANATION OF WASHING SYMBOLS:
30° machine wash
30° wool programme in machine
short hand wash
absolutely no washing
washing without bleach
chemical cleaning (dry clean)
chemical cleaning (dry clean) with extra care
chemical cleaning (dry clean) with petroleum solvent only
absolutely no chemical cleaning (dry clean)
do not tumble dry
cool iron without steam
warm iron without steam
hot iron with steam
absolutely no ironing
To keep your clothing beautiful forever, we advise to wash as little as possible! Sometimes it is enough to freshen up your clothes by simply hanging them outside in the open air. Or if this is not possible, hanging them inside in the bathroom (shower area).
Please do not use powder detergents, but rather liquid detergents. Use as little detergent as possible. For both the clothing as well as the environment : LESS IS MORE!
In case your washing machine isn't older than 5 years, we advise to disregard hand washing, but use your cold wool or cold soft program in your washing machine.
If you do decide to hand wash your clothes, please acknowledge the fact that what one experiences as being lukewarm water, often is far warmer than 30 degrees! Therefore, always use a thermometer to be absolutely sure of the right temperature! It is impossible to be accurate as a human being by trying to do this by hand.
Always completely dissolve the liquid detergent in the water. Wash briefly, do not soak by leave the clothing in too long, rinse quickly, don’t shrub or wrinkle. Washing by hand needs to be done swiftly, in order to avoid shrinkage, colour change and the “running of colours”.
Tumbling dry is absolutlely forbidden with silk or wool products.
For all other fabrics we advise to always wash them inside out. Use the tumbler as little as possible, handwoven clothing can be simply hung out to dry on a hanger! This is best for both your wallet as the environment. Knits should be laid to dry flat on a towel. Never hang out clothing to dry in the sun!
Never treat stains locally! In other words, do not scrub them seperatly or use any special detergents for this. Simply put some liquid detergent on the spots and put the clothing directly in the machine. If the spots do not go out after that, then please use a special detergent. But then also use the same strategy.
Never let detergent soak in long on fabrics, this to prevent a difference in colour of the fabric!
Silk is best to be washed with special silk detergent. By the way, babyshampoo is a good alternative.
Always read the care label closely before one starts to iron. Here you will find the correct temperature on which to iron, and maybe more important, if the clothing piece is to be ironed at all! The golden rule applies here aswell: The least you iron the better for both product, environment and wallet! Hanging out nicely after the washing may work as good as ironing.
Please note when ironing with steam, that steam is over 100 degrees! Ironing with steam is only possible when the washing label indicates an iron symbol with 3 dots! Iron your clothes always inside out, to avoid shine marks or iron marks. Iron woolen and silks (when indicated it is possible to do so on the care label) preferably with a damp cloth under the iron, or with a Teflon sole platet. Iron cotton garments always when still a bit moist.
PROBLEMS WITH FABRICS:
Pilling has nothing to do with bad or cheap quality of the garments, but is simply a characteristic of the fabric or knit.
Pilling can occur through rubbing or scrathing woolly and hairy and voluminous fabric.
In reality this means it can occur through washing or wearing garments.
The “hairy fibers“ will tangle and great a small fuzzy ball.
These small balls are mostly very easy to get rid off, which we call de-pilling.
By using an anti-pilling comb some fabrics can be de-pilled. Also it is possible to find anti-pilling devices on the market; you can get further information on this in our shop, or by contacting us through the website.
SHRINKING AND FELTING OF GARMENTS
Especially garments which contains wool can shrink and felt as a result of:
Not using the wool program 30º degrees (when stated in the care label).
Not using the wool program Coldwash (when stated in the care label).
Washing too hot: above 30º degrees.
Leaving too long in the water, both cold and lukewarm.
The use of too much soap or detergent.
Combinations of these factors meantioned above.
Our advise is, that unless it is stated that you may wash the garment yourself, to always choose the wool program cold on your machine, and using special woolwash liquid (like Woolite), in the right prescribed quantity.