UNDERSTANDING CARE LABELS IN GARMENTS
Garment care labels allow us to treat our garments in the very best way possible with the least amount of damage to the textiles. The symbols are pretty much standardized and once you know what they stand for they are easy to remember.
KEEP GARMENT CARE LABELS
It is best to keep garment labels in your clothing. Knowing how to best care for your clothing extends the life of the garment. If you must cut out the labels create a system for keeping the labels so you can refer to them in the future.
WHY FABRIC BLENDS NEED GENTLE CARE
We often see in the care instructions of mixed fiber textiles to avoid the dryer. There is a very valid reason for doing this. Fibers dry and shrink at varying rates. So putting some textile blends in the dryer will result in a garment that comes out misshapen. So be sure to avoid the dryer for these items to maintain their look and shape.
AVOIDING THE DRYER
Obviously, you can not air dry every garment in your wardrobe. However, drying can be harsh on delicate fibers as it causes the fibers to breakdown over time. If you have pieces that you want to preserve, consider air drying. Always avoid the dryer if a care label suggests you do so.
FOLDING VS. HANGING
Generally, it is better to fold sweaters, knitwear, stretchy fabrics, beaded pieces, T-shirts, and jeans. If you have any pieces that would lose their shape on a hanger, fold them. Heavy formal gowns should be folded.
Hang items such as blazers, dresses, dress pants, pleated items, blouses, shirts, and starched garments.
WASHING CASHMERE AND WOOL
Always follow the care labels in your garments. Most cashmere and wool sweaters do very well with hand washing. This does not mean the hand wash cycle in your washing machine. It means filling a tub or basin with cold water and using a delicate wash.
We recommend using Eucalan for all fine washables. It’s extremely gentle and needs no rinsing. Using a very small amount for one sweater, less than a capful, allow your sweater to soak in cold water and Eucalan for at least 15 minutes.
Since there is no need to rinse, you can pour out the water. Gently, roll the sweater into a ball and press the water out of the item. The next step is to place the sweater on a towel. Roll up from the bottom. This helps to remove some of the remaining water. Lay flat to dry.