Handmade products are more delicate and you have to handle them with care. But it does not mean that you have to make something difficult or time consuming! Here is the simple steps to guide you through and at the end of this post you can just grab them in PDF and use at home as a handy guide whenever you need it! These tips are valid for both cotton and wool garments.
First, you need to see on the product tag or label if the item should be hand washed or machine washed. All our items arrive with care instructions tag where this information is specified, otherwise just ask the maker or hand wash your item to avoid unpleasant surprises.
Even if the product can be machine washed it should be done with extreme care. Using the right program on your washing machine and appropriate detergents will help your garment last longer.
- Wash your item using gentle or handwash program with cool water (30°C / 104F)
- Make sure that you wash your handmade items separately from other items, especially if they have dark or bright colors.
- Add neutral soap and DO NOT use fabric softener or any other detergent like bleach or spots cleaner
- After washed, forget about tumble dry! It will surely damage the item so instead just lay the item, shape it and lay it flat to dry. Never place to dry in direct sunlight.
- Before washing your item by hand, please make sure to wash your hands. Even if you are sure they are clean they might have presidium of your hand cream or other detergent that might leave a spots on the item with bright colors. Also it’s better to take off your bracelets or rings to make sure that their parts will not scratch the item during washing.
- Wash your item using plenty of cool water and if possible, separately. Never let the garment soak.
- Dissolve detergent completely before adding the garment. Only use detergents that are made specifically for washing wool and other fine fibers, or a PH-neutral, dye free detergent. Do not use fabric softener, spots cleaner or bleach as they may destroy the fiber.
- Move garment gently (don’t rub!) and then rinse thoroughly.
- After washing lay your item on flat surface away from the direct sunlight, shape it and leave it to air dry. You can use a cotton towel under it, so after drying your item will not need ironing.
Here it is! These simple steps will prolong the life of your wool/cotton garments and you will be able to enjoy them much longer.