CARING FOR CLOTHES

All garments are pre-washed and pre-shrunk. Love your clothes and wear often. We recommend keeping washing to a minimum to prolong the life of your clothes, reducing water and energy use. Give spot cleaning a go to remove any small marks between washing. When a good wash is required, we recommend cold hand washing as it is much kinder to your clothes and the environment.  

 

But how do I hand wash?

Think of handwashing as giving your garment a nice bath. Place the clothing in a clean silk or tub of cool or lukewarm water with mild detergent. Gently agitate the garment, remove from soapy water and repeat process without detergent. Avoid wringing the garment, try rolling in a towel and then hang or lay to dry. Eco detergents we love? Dirt and ecostore.

 

Cotton

Machine or hand wash your cotton in lukewarm or cold water, avoiding hot as this can shrink the cotton.

 

  • When air drying hang or lie clothing flat out of direct sunlight.

  • Go gentle or low on drying because cotton can permanently wrinkle in a hot dryer.

  • Fabric softners and bleach are not advised as this can weaken the fibres.

  • It is best to use a hot iron on cotton clothing while they are still slightly damp or alternatively use the steam setting on your iron. Cotton is a fairly tough fabric and can be ironed at higher temperatures without the risk of shininess or burning. For a neater and smoother look, ensure you iron the back or inside of the fabric as well as the outside.

  • Cotton t-shirts don't typically require ironing - a gentle stretch when fresh out of the machine and air-dry flat will reduce creases.

 

Linen

Whilst it is best for ensured longevity to hand wash linen in either lukewarm or cold water with mild soap, linen may be machine washed.

 

  • If machine washing, opt for a short and gentle cycle with cold water, avoiding hot water to safeguard against shrinkage and fading.

  • Pop in a bag for added protection.

  • Do not bleach or dry clean as it can react and weaken the fibres.

  • Linen improves with age and wear, developing a softer feel and becoming more absorbent.

  • After washing, air-dry your linen garment on a hanger or place it flat on a drying rack out of direct sunlight.

  • Excessive use of a dryer will cause the linen to brittle over time. You may tumble dry on a delicate setting for a few minutes to help loosen the wrinkles, remove while still dam and hang or lay to dry.

  • For best results iron your clothing on the linen setting whilst still damp or alternatively use steam or spritz with water. If creases are stubborn try ironing both sides of the fabric.

  • Note that wrinkles inherent in linen are part of its beauty

 

Merino

Although hand washing is always preferable when possible, as it places less stress on the garment, merino can generally be machine washed on a gentle cycle.

 

  • Use a gentle detergent preferably wool detergent eg. Ecostore wool wash

  • Do not tumble dry merino garments as this can destroy the fibres

  • Use a delicate cycle to wash your merino.

  • Place the merino inside a delicates bag to prevent stretching around the agitator.

  • Do not use bleach or fabric softener as this will coat the merino fibres and reduce their natural breathability characteristic.

  • Do not wring merino to remove excess water but rather roll each item in a towel to remove moisture.

  • Dry your merino flat, and in the shade when possible.

  • If ironing is required make sure it is on a cool, wool specific setting.

  • Store merino well as little wool-eating buggies seem to love merino as much as we do! Always wash merino items before storing for a long time. Use cedar or herbal moth repellents and balls.

  • Pilling prevention

    • Pilling is a natural process inherent in merino fabric caused be shorter fibers working their way to the surface of the fabric. To avoid pilling we suggest giving your merino garments a wash after the first few wears. Wash occasionally with coarse fabric (eg denim jeans with the zipper closed) to remove any loose fibers and pilling.