Wool should preferably not be washed too often and is often considered as self-cleaning. Fresh air, good ventilation, preferably in frosty weather, is usually plentiful! If aeration is not sufficient, then the knitwear needs to be either dry-cleaned or hand washed. Although the wool programs in newer machines are gentle, some types of wool and knitwear still can’t handle the treatment and have a risk for shrinkage - we don’t suggest using this. Instead one should opt for handwashing. It's easy, cheap and less harmful to the environment. When handwashing, turn the garment inside-out and use cold water with wool detergent. Ordinary detergent dissolves the wool's natural fat, so it unfortunately damages more than it benefits - wash either with wool detergent or without washing powder at all. Dry the garment by wrapping it into a towel to absorb (good idea to do this on the bathroom floor), and afterwards wrap it out and let it dry flat on a surface. Will keep the shape and treat the garment gently
Pilling is hard to avoid at all especially on knitwear. When you use your garments, short and broken fibers will gather in the areas of movement and friction, and form the well known miniature yarn keys on the surface, super annoying but luckily there is advice for this. Hand Washing and air drying your garment inside-out will also work in preventing pilling.When pilling does occur, our best tip is to invest in a fabric comb/shaver or battery-operator. Use this gently on the surface in the exposed area, and you can see the result immediately.
Knit is sensitive and if you get stuck in something, it can pull out the knitting masks as a loose thread hanging. Do not cut this thread, but instead turn the garment inside out and, catch the thread with a needle, and pull the mask to the inside. Afterwards grab gently and pull in the area around to smooth the surface. Its ok to store your light knitwear on a hanger, but when it comes to the heavier knitwear, try to fold it instead of hanging. When knit is made in a 100% natural fibre, the knitting masks can stretch with time and affect the shape if you dont treat it carefully.
Garments of Cotton and Tencel are a bit like in the need of treatments, and often easy to wash. It can be done in the machine on 30 degrees, low spin. Separate the colors using a gentle detergent. Some items will shrink a bit the first time you are washing, and to minimize this, please follow our guidance. Do not use the machine dryer, it treats the clothes badly, and Tencel will break during this process. Fold the heavy garments over the drying rack (sweatshirt, pants and so on) and the lighter (shirts, t-shirts) on a hanger to let it dry. In fresh air if possible. The garment will lose a bit of the softness in this process, especially Tencel (because of the wood chips it’s made of), but don’t worry, this can be fixed with a bit of steam and in use. We recommend you steam the Tencel, and for the cotton you can use both steam and ironing.
Some of the garments like pants and sweat can increase or be pulled in shape when using. When this is happening, we recommend you wash the garment, and this usually makes the item go back to the original shape. Pants, jersey and t-shirts can easily be folded in your wardrobe, sweat and t-shirt can lose shape by hanging. But we will recommend you store the shirts on a hanger - this will reduce crumpling and save you some steaming-time.
We don’t recommend raw natural silk to be washed too often. Like wool it is considered as self-cleaning compared to smells. And we say it again, fresh air, good ventilation, preferably in frosty weather, is usually plentiful! But stains are hard to avoid, and a wash is necessary from time to time. Although raw silk looks more robust than traditional silk, it is still a gentle material that needs a careful treatment. A washing machine and a dryer is a no go. Raw silk needs to be either dry cleaned or hand washed, we suggest dry cleaning. If you are bringing your raw silk garment to the local dry cleaner, make sure to tell that this fabric is silk, and they have to treat it like that. Some are mistaking the fabric to be cotton because of the rawness, and silk will be destroyed with this treatment. If the dry cleaner is closed and a handwash is the only option, you have to do it carefully. Turn it inside out, use cold water, and if detergent is a need it has to be quick with a very very mild detergent etc. for baby’s or without enzymes. Scrub the fabric gently together in cold water and make sure flush all soap out when finishing. For drying, never hang the garment instead put it flat on a towel and press it very gently with another towel (not to make it dry but only to absorb). Turn it back outside out, then put it on a hanger and let it drip dry with a towel underneath. Afterward dry-cleaning or hand washing, it will need some steam to soften up the natural fibers, and it’s good to go.
Raw silk is easy to keep nice. Just make sure to treat it gently, steam it once in a while, and bring it to the dry cleaner only when it is necessary. Be a bit careful with the perfume and deodorant, let it dry before putting the garment on, or see if you avoid hitting it. Due to the fact that raw silk is made from short fibers, pilling can happen. Please use a battery-operator to remove. Raw silk is easy to store. Close the buttons and put it on a proper hanger (not the one you get from the dry cleaner) or fold it gently in the closet. Never let it hang too long in humid places like the bathroom and so on.
Linen is like cotton and Tencel, easy to wash and clean, but it still needs to be done with some precautions in mind. It can be washed in a machine on 30 degrees, with a gentle detergent, and a low spin. Hot water should never be used since higher temperatures will shrink and wear out the fibers more quickly. Do not crowd the washing machine with too many items at once. This can twist or pull the linen fabric out of shape. Handwashing is an opportunity as well. But do it in lukewarm water with a gentle soap and never twist or scrub the fabric, this will cause more damage than the machine. When washing is finished, always let the garment dry flat on a surface, if you hang it while it's wet the fibers will be stretched and get out of shape. But don’t get scared, linen is a fast dryer, and it will not lay there for days.
Good care will help keep linens looking beautiful and feeling luxuriously soft for years. Linen will crease naturally when wearing, that is a part of its charm, but from time to time it will need to be refreshed and unfolded. We recommend you steam the linen garments, it’s easy to take the wrinkles away quickly. But if ironing is the only option do it while the shirt is a bit wet or the steam function switched on the iron, with the inside out and medium heat. The linen is a dry fabric itself and heat directly on dry linen can cause some damage. To avoid it to crease, store your linen items on a hanger if possible. dry and cool area.
Spot cleaning and fresh air can keep your items in this category nice and clean for a long period without any need for washing. But after a little too wild wedding, a deeper cleaning can be necessary. Here is the very best option: Dry cleaning. Machine and hand washing will be an excessive risk for shrinking and deforming the garments.
Storing your garments correctly is important for these kinds of items. Put the outerwear on a wide hanger, to keep the shoulders/shoulder pads nice formed. Pants need to be stored on a hanger as well, and it's important that these are folded and hanging in the press folds. Empty your pocket for heavy stuff before hanging it in the closet, wool can stretch and change shape with time if it gets pulled. Refresh the press fold on your pants - throw yourself into it, with a tutorial or other guiding the first time it is not as difficult as it sounds. However, make sure that the iron is not too hot (set to “wool”). As on knitwear, loose threads can be pulled out if you get stuck or bump into something. Then do the follow the same procedure: DO NOT cut this thread, but instead turn the garment inside out and, catch the thread with a needle, and pull the mask to the inside. Afterwards grab gently and pull in the area around to smooth the surface.