Acetate has a shiny look and resembles silk. Acetate is very absorbent and dries quickly. Most acetate garments should be dry-cleaned. Some knits are washable. Hand wash in warm water. Do not twist or wring out the garment. Do not soak colored items. Press while damp on the back side with a cool iron and use a pressing cloth.
Acrylic is not very prone to shrinking or color bleeding. When machine washing, use warm water setting. A medium dryer setting is recommended. Wash delicate items by hand in warm water. Static electricity can be reduced by using softener. For optimal fabric care, line/hang drying is better. Acrylic does not take ironing very well. If you choose to iron an acrylic fabric, use the lowest iron setting, without any steam and put a thin piece of cotton fabric between the acrylic garment and the iron, for added protection.
As a general rule when washing fabric blends, refer to the most delicate fabric in the blend. For instance, for a wool and cashmere blend garment, treat it as if it were cashmere only. If a fibre is present in a very small quantity (≤5%), although it may be delicate, it will generally not affect the garment’s performance. The item can be washed as is recommended for a fibre that is included in a larger percentage.
Cashmere wool is one of the most luxurious fibers, known for its high quality and durability.Wash your cashmere in cold water and use a mild detergent. Shave regularly by using a razor blade: knits made from natural fibers can pill (form fuzz balls) in areas where friction occurs, such as under the arms, along the inside of the thighs, or where you carry your handbag. While some of these facts are cashmere-specific, you can follow this process to clean and care for any pure woolens. Do not follow these steps if your garments are cashmere or wool blends with synthetic components (acrylic, nylon, polyester, etc.), or for lined items like wool jackets and suits (rather choose an eco friendly dry cleaning).
Cotton is a very soft and breathable fabric, but it is prone to shrinkage, color bleeding, and losing its shape over time.The usual recommendation to wash a cotton garment is to wash it in cold water on a gentle cycle to prevent shrinking and fading. Avoid fabric softeners, as it can dull the finish. Clothesline or hanger drying is recommended. If you choose to put your cotton garment in the tumbler dryer, use medium heat. If ironing cotton, and the iron does not have a designated cotton setting, use steam and high heat.
Special note on Corduroy: we recommend washing corduroy inside out. You should avoid ironing as not to crush the ribbed nap. Instead, you can choose to steam your garment.
Special note on Denim: always wash denim inside out, otherwise it will bleed out. Jeans should be washed as little as possible and never tumble dried as they can shrink. Rather dry line to preserve the fit and helps avoid possible shrinkage or fabric warping. Powder detergent can cause stains on dark denim.
Cupro is made from either plant fibers or dissolved cotton, and is often used as an alternative to silk. Cupro fabrics breath like cotton, drapes beautifully, and look and feels like silk on your skin. Where light colours can be washed on a normal, warm cycle, it’s better to stick to cold water when washing dark colours. Do not bleach. For optimal fabric care, line/hang drying is better. Avoid drying in the tumble dryer. Medium heat iron. Cupro can be dry clean.
Spot clean or dry clean (rather choose an eco friendly dry cleaning). No machine wash. Jute is a natural fiber and will disintegrate if fully immersed in water. Do not twist, wring, squeeze, tumble dry or hang in sun to dry. Instead, blot dry with a towel. Do not steam.
Lace fabrics' intricate patterns make them beautiful and delicate. Most lace items should be washed using the “handwash” cycle of your machine. Use a detergent that is suitable for delicate fabrics. Avoid tumble-drying. Avoid ironing. If you have to iron, make sure to do so while the fabric is still slightly damp and be careful as the synthetic fibres can melt. To avoid squashing the pattern, place it inside out and use pressing clothn. Gently press using a warm temperature.
Genuine leather requires significant preliminary care to prevent it from being stained, since it is difficult to wash. Smooth leather needs to be frequently fed with creams, or polished to keep its suppleness and colour.Leather garments can be cleaned by leather specialists. Store leather garments on a hanger preferably, protected from direct sunlight and heat sources. Do not put your leather garment in a plastic bag, since it is a living material that needs to breathe.
Linen is generally a rather durable fabric. Linen is not very prone to shrinking, it can be washed in warm or hot water. Yet the usual "wash in cold water for optimal life" is still recommended. Line/hang dry to keep a linen garment in the best condition over time If you choose to put your linen garment in the dryer, use medium heat. Linen requires the highest iron setting, with steam. Iron when the cloth is damp.
Also known as TENCEL™. Wash in cold water on a gentle cycle and hang to dry. An air-fluff in the dryer can help to remove any residual drying wrinkles. Lyocell fabric dries relatively wrinkle-free, but if you want to iron it, use a warm or "synthetic" heat setting and turn off the steam. High heat can damage TENCEL™ Lyocell. A safe option is to hang the item in a warm, moist area until dry.
Modal is a type of viscose. Modal is considered a luxurious textile thanks to both its soft feel and high cost. Modal is often blended with other fibers like cotton and spandex for added strength.It remains soft and supple even after washing, and especially does not shrink. Hand wash in cold water with a mild detergent. If you choose to machine wash a modal garment, use a gentle cycle with cold water and a mild detergent. Dry cleaned is possible. Tumbler drying is not recommended - prefer flat drying in the open air. Iron at a very low temperature, turned inside-out using a damp pressing cloth.
Also known as nylon - polyamide fibers are long-lasting, waterproof and breathable. Due to these properties they are often used in blend. Machine washing polyamide is safe. Ironing polyamide is rarely necessary. However, if this is essential, iron at a low heat setting. Be careful, because polyamide is heat sensitive and it can melt at a temperature that is too high.
Most items made from polyester can be machine washed and dried. Machine dry at low temperature setting and remove articles as soon as the tumbling cycle is complete. Use warm water and add a fabric softener. If ironing is needed, use a moderately warm iron. Most items made from polyester can be dry-cleaned.
Luxurious and delicate, silk needs special care to stay fluid and soft. Only pre-washed silk is washable. Dry cleaning is generally preferred, since laundering detergent and dyes in other clothes may adversely affect silk fabric.For washable silk, wash it with the silk program. Always wash colors separately and use a laundry bag. Chlorine bleach should never be used on silk. If you have to wash by hand, do not rub on stains and do not twist the garment to remove excess water. Hang the garment on a hanger to dry. We recommend ironing with high heat and steam, but always have a cotton towel between the silk and the iron.If you iron directly on the silk, use low heat and iron on the back. For long-time storage, silk should be sealed against light, air and insects.
Also known as Lycra or elasthanne. It is best to hand wash spandex to prevent excessive stretching. Never use washing detergent that contains chlorine bleach or fabric conditioner as it will destroy the structure of your spandex. Do not wring. Machine washing is appropriate for activewear and spandex blends. Turn the item inside out, and place it in a Mesh Washing Bag to preserve elasticity and prevent tearing and snagging in the machine.Machine wash on a ‘delicates’ cycle (a cool and gentle wash cycle). Air-dry away from direct heat and sun. Do not tumbler dry. Dry cleaning is prohibited for this type of fiber.
Hand wash viscose in cold water with a mild detergent. If you choose to machine wash a viscose garment, use a gentle cycle with cold water and a mild detergent. Line/hang dry. Do not wring or twist the article. Tumbler drying is not recommended. Rayon does not like to be ironed and is known to easily discolor when ironed. If you must iron it, the lowest temperature setting, without steam, is best.
Wool as a fiber keeps itself clean naturally, expelling odours through moisture control, and is naturally stain and wrinkle resistant. This means you shouldn’t have to wash your woollies as often. If you do need to wash, choose a gentle cycle - handwash or wool cycle.To avoid shrinking, only wash wool in cold temperatures. Use a detergent designed for woollens. Avoid tumble driers as they tend to shrink wool, rather air, flat dry. Avoid traditional dry cleaning, which is a highly chemical intensive process that can have negative impact on the environment, textile fibres and your skin. If dry-cleaning is required, look for an eco-friendly service. Ironing can crush or flatten the natural pile of the yarns. Instead, steam clean your coat to remove wrinkles, odors, and help kill mites and bacteria. Brush between wears to remove lint, fuzz, and hair. It will also help releasing natural oils that rejuvenate yarns.