Let us begin with five simple tips:
- Wash clothing as infrequently as possible- you really don't have to clean your clothes after every use!
- Save energy and water by filling up the washing machine each cycle.
- Wash always at a low temperature. The temperature given in our washing instructions is the highest you can go!
- Reduce the amount of detergent, to get your clothing extra clean, use bicarb, mix it with the washing powder and voilà, cheaper and healthier!
- Try to air-dry clothing as much as possible, tumble drying for the clothes is like hot hairdryer for your hairs! Ouch!
Below you can find some extra information about how to take care of different fabrics.
If you have purchased item with mixed fabrics and you are not sure about the wash and care instructions, please wash your item always with warm or cold water and mild ironing to avoid shrinking, fading or burn of the textile.For more information, you can also contact us www.studiobabiana.com or please send us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
How to Care for Silk?
Normally silk is best washed by hand with a mild detergent in lukewarm water. Rinse well, squeeze out surplus moisture by rolling in a towel and hang to dry. Please do not soak, boil, bleach or wring silk or leave it crumpled in a towel. Do not let silk become too dirty before washing, as hard rubbing damages the fibres. If you want to clean your laundry in the washing machine, please use always delicate program with a temperature of 30° - 40°. To help silk retain its texture and integrity, the fabric must always be damp when ironing, the best time to iron silk is immediately after washing it. Turn the garment inside out while ironing. To iron silk without damaging it, it’s crucial that you use a press cloth and the lowest heat setting on your iron. Minimize ironing back and forth, instead gently press iron downward through the press cloth. Do not leave the iron in one place for too long. Minimizing the length of time the iron is in contact with the fabric will prevent the silk from burning.
How to Care for Wool?
Always read the label for specific care instructions, as they may vary. Wool as fibre 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. Let the item hang indoors or outdoors, or let it lie on a chair, bed or a place where air can circulate after use and before you put it away. If you do need to wash, please turn the garment inside out for laundering, this will prolong the item’s look and feel. Avoid bleaches and biological detergents, unless they are Woolmark-approved. Select the wool/silk program on the machine, and if you do not have a wool/silk program, use the delicate or “handwash” cycle, at lukewarm temperature (no higher than 30 degrees). If none of these is available, wash by hand. Laundering wool in lukewarm temperatures preserves fibre integrity and fabric quality,
Before you dry the piece of clothing, pull it into the desired shape if it has lost its shape. If it has shrunk, you can pull it back into its original size while it is still wet. Hang to dry on a hanger or a drying rack or dry on a flat surface away from direct heat or sunlight. To freshen a wrinkled garment, hang it in a steamy bathroom. Warm iron on the wool or steam setting can also be used.
How to Care for Cotton?
Cotton fabric is made from natural plant fibres. The fibres can be woven or knit to produce comfortable, breathable fabrics. Cotton clothes should be handled correctly to keep them looking their best and lasting for years. Cotton is machine-washable but may shrink if washed at temperatures over 40°C.So warm or cold water is the best washing temperature to prevent shrinkage and stretching. Cooler water temperatures will also help prevent fading in bright or darker colours. Iron while damp, using a steam setting. Use a medium-hot iron and always iron on the wrong side of the fabric. For extra protection, use a pressing cloth between the iron and the fabric. Treat stains on Cotton clothes as quickly as possible following stain removal guidelines to avoid permanent staining.
How to Care for Linen?
Made from the fibres of the flax plant, linen is a natural fabric with its own set of unique properties. Linen fabric breathes well, helping to regulate your body temperature as well as wicking away moisture from your skin. Most linen clothing will shrink slightly when washed so consider that when you purchase clothes. As a general rule, Linen dresses, shirts, shorts, skirts and pants can be machine laundered on the delicate or short cycle with a cold water wash and rinse. Use a mild detergent formulated for delicate fabrics. If your Linen clothes become stained, try removing the spot with club soda. It is best to test an inconspicuous spot for colourfastness. Never use bleach on Linen garments! Set your iron on the linen setting and iron while the garment is still damp. The heat from the iron will dry the fabric and remove wrinkles more effectively, if your garment is completely dry, spritz with water while ironing or use a steam iron. Press linen clothes on the wrong side or use a pressing cloth to prevent shiny spots. This is particularly important with darker colours. Avoid folding Linen clothes instead hang them in a closet with plenty of room to prevent wrinkling. How to Care for Ramie?
Ramie fibres come from the stem of a nettle plant called China grass. The stems are processed in a manner similar to that used for transforming flax fibres into linen fabrics. A coarse, lustrous plant fibre similar to linen; often blended with cotton, silk, and some synthetics. Resistant to shrinkage, insects, and mildew, but wrinkles easily. Handwashing is always the best and safest method for washing ramie. Another option is machine wash in cold or warm water to prevent shrinking or stretching. Ramie clothes can be line dried or tumble-dried on low to medium heat. To remove wrinkles, steaming is recommended for the best and safest finish. To iron, hover over delicate items using the steam setting, or press using the lowest temperature setting. Please be aware that dump hot ironing may cause colour changes in your textile, especially in dark colours! Fibre Blends and Combinations
Fibre blends and combinations are those fabrics in which two or more textile fibres are used. The fibres can be blended or combined in various yarn and fabric structures. Blended fabrics are woven or knitted from yarns which have been made by blending two or more fibres together before they are spun into yarn. Combination fabrics are those which contain two or more different types of fibres; the warp or filling yarns may be a blended fibre and the yarn in the other direction may be a single fibre. Union fabrics have warp yarns made of one fibre and filling yarns made of another. In blends the addition of natural fibres will:
- Increase moisture absorbency
- Provide greater comfort
- Reduce static electricity
- Improve aesthetic appeal
In blends the addition of synthetic fibres will:
- Improve strength
- Improve wash and wear characteristics
- Minimize shrinking or stretching
- Improve abrasion resistance
- Improve wrinkle resistance and recovery
- Improve pleat and crease retention
- Add lustre or sheen
In the case of mixed fibres please always follow the care instructions. If not sure how to wash and care for your item, use rather cooler temperatures to wash and iron or please contact email@example.com