WELCOME TO OUR “TREAT ME WITH LOVE” SECTION, DEDICATED TO HOW TO TAKE CARE OF FINE FABRICS.
IN FACT, JUST AS WE LOVE TO TAKE CARE OF OURSELVES, FABRICS ALSO NEED TO BE PAMPERED AND TREATED WITH LOVE.
So here are our pills of textile wisdom to make our garments last over time while respecting the environment. Our philosophy is Buy high quality, make it last! …………………………………………….
ALWAYS USE ECOLOGICAL DETERGENTS
The most important premise to do – regardless of the fabric to be treated – is the choice of detergent. We always choose an ecological detergent because this means having our health and that of our planet at heart. Traditional detergents – it is now known – contain aggressive chemicals, which are harmful to the environment, are often toxic to our skin and will deteriorate our garments over time. Therefore avoid detergents with chemical fragrances, optical brighteners and dyes. Last but not least, let’s dispel once and for all another myth that is still partly widespread. Traditional detergents ARE NOT more effective against dirt than ecological and natural ones.
ABSOLUTELY AVOID THE SOFTNER
The softener is a “chemical glaze” that settles on the yarn and ruins it in the long run.
WASH ONLY WHEN YOU NEED IT
Garments made of natural fibers do not absorb odors and can stay clean for a long time. This is because the fibers have a very high natural regeneration, that is the ability to release all “not proper” odors. Especially for garments in merino wool, alpaca, mohair and cashmere it is enough to simply leave the garment hanging in the air for a few hours to let it regenerate, in fact frequent washing eliminates Lanolin, a substance of sheep’s hair and serves to keep it clean by removing bacteria and parasites. You can also steam them with the steam from the hot iron.
THIS THING CALLED THE LABEL
Each garment we buy has a care label with washing instructions that must always be read. This helps us not to have any nasty surprises after washing, drying or ironing. Therefore always read the label’s washing instructions.
Now let’s see specifically how to treat the various fabrics:
> ALPACA – CACHMERE – MERINO – MOHAIR
> ECOLOGICAL COTTON
> LYOCELL, RAYON AND FIBERS DERIVED FROM WOOD
ALPACA – CACHMERE – MERINO – MOHAIR
Wool Garments made of these precious fibers, if treated correctly, can last for decades and should not be washed often because they have a high natural regeneration. In fact, too many washes eliminate its natural lanolin. Often it is enough to simply put the garment outside to air and it will be clean again. You can also steam it with the steam of the hot iron or (in the case of wool coats) simply brush them gently. Many washing machines have programs for wool and delicate garments but we recommend that you always wash the garments made of these fabrics by hand and at a maximum temperature of 30°C / 86°F. In particular, Cashmere and Alpaca should always be hand washed.
Use ecological detergent with neutral pH and warm water (max 30°C / 86°F). Avoid hot water or even two different temperatures of water: they would give a thermal shock to the fibers that would tend to stick together. Do not use bleach or fabric softener as they are harsh detergents that will damage the fiber. Leave the garment to soak for up to 15 minutes. Do not twist, squeeze, rub because this could cause felting. Dyed garments may release small amounts of color but this should only be a problem with the first wash. Rinse in clean warm water and squeeze out the excess water, handling it carefully to avoid distortions. Place the garment between two towels, roll them up and set them aside for a few minutes.
Do not exceed 30°C / 86°F and always select the wool cycle or the one for delicate garments with the spin cycle at minimum or even without. You can gently squeeze the garment by hand and then pat it dry in a towel.
Once washed, the garment should be left to air dry horizontally away from direct sunlight and heat sources. So no to the dryer! If your garment has wrinkles after drying, you can lightly vaporize with the iron’s steam.
The biggest enemies of wool garments in general are moths and other parasites that strike once the garment is placed in the wardrobe. To keep pests away from your garment there are various options: store it in Spanish cedar crates put some cedar balls in our closet or drawer use lavender We do not recommend the more common chemical mothballs. Remember to let the air circulate around the garment, so do not put it in plastic bags inside which humidity can build up! Yes to common shoppers or shoe bags in natural fabrics.
This fabric, like cotton, is very easy to wash and you can do it both by hand and in the washing machine, always at a temperature of 30°C / 86°F. Remember to use an ecological cleaner with neutral pH. If you want to disinfect your bamboo garments, like sheets and underwear, use pine oil.
You can put it in the dryer at a low temperature, it does not drop, and you can also not iron it because it generally does not crease. If you really have to, you can steam it quickly or iron at a low temperature without pressing too much so as not to leave ironing marks.
Both of these fabrics are durable and strong but – depending on how they are washed – they can become soft. Even hemp or linen garments after use – if exposed to the air for one night – regenerate, losing odors, thus regaining tone and softness.
Wash by hand or in the washing machine at a temperature of 30°C – 40°C / 86°F – 104°F for colored garments and 60°C / 140°F for whites, depending on the level of soiling. However, use a light spin program. Add about 250ml of white vinegar to the rinse cycle to help remove all traces of soap and to soften the hemp. The vinegar also eliminates odors, leaving a pleasant clean scent (the vinegar smell will fade from the garment once it is dry).
To make hemp and linen last longer, it is advisable to spread or let the garment air dry as often as possible but always away from the hottest sunlight. These fibers tend to soften after frequent washing and use. If you want to soften them faster, you can put them in the dryer, setting it on a delicate cycle. ……………………………………………
The garments made of this fabric are super soft precisely because they do not have all those glues or resins that are instead used in the conventional cotton processing process in order to avoid shrinkage during washing.
Wash your clothes safely in the washing machine at temperatures from 30°C to 60°C / 86°F -140°F but high temperatures are not necessary as natural fibers are extremely easy to clean.
Don’t be afraid to put your ecological cotton garments even in the dryer always with a delicate cycle and iron them without problems always inside out. In any case, always read the label with the washing instructions as in some cases ecological cotton should only be dried in the air.
LYOCELL, RAYON AND FIBERS DERIVED FROM WOOD WASH
These fibers are all very soft, smooth and very easy to wash. Yes to washing in the washing machine with an ecological detergent and with a delicate and fast program at 30°C / 86°F.
Leave to air dry, garments made of these natural fibers dry very quickly. Do not tumble dry as heat and rubbing can “raise the hair of the fiber” making the garment less shiny, smooth and shiny. All fabrics are also very easy to iron, just steam them quickly with a hot iron or iron it at a low temperature and the creases will disappear.
Silk is a very resistant fiber, even if very thin. Even silk garments such as those in wool should not be washed frequently because they have a high natural regeneration. However, they can be washed both by hand and in the washing machine but we recommend hand washing and always read the label.
Use ecological detergent with neutral pH and warm water (max 30°C / 86°F). Avoid hot water or even two different temperatures of water: they would give a thermal shock to the fibers that would tend to stick together. Do not use bleach or fabric softener as they are harsh detergents that will damage the fiber. Leave the garment to soak for up to 15 minutes. Do not twist, squeeze, rub because this could cause felting. Dyed garments may release small amounts of color but this should only be a problem with the first wash. Rinse in clean lukewarm water and squeeze out excess water, handling it carefully to avoid distortions. Place the garment between two towels, roll them up and set them aside for a few minutes.
Do not exceed 30°C / 86°F and always select the cycle for delicate garments with the spin cycle at minimum or even without. You can gently squeeze the garment by hand and then pat it dry in a towel.
Once washed, the garment should be left to air dry horizontally away from direct sunlight and heat sources. If your garment has wrinkles after drying, iron with an iron at the lowest temperature, inside out and slightly damp.
The great enemy of silk is sunlight so keep your precious garments in common shoppers, shoe bags or bags for clothes as long as they are in natural fabric. So absolutely NO to plastic which also prevents air circulation, instead creates humidity.