After wearing your clothes, hang them directly at a clothes hanger to air. The best way to do is hanging them near an open window or outside. All smells will then disappear and your clothes feel fresh again. Another good possibility is to hang your clothes in the bathroom (at a dry place) during showering; this is a kind of steaming which will refresh your clothes to.
When hand washing you should take care that the clothes are not soaking because the (luxury) fibers will then loose their elasticity. It is very important to rinse the soap residue from the clothes. A temperature of 30 degrees (lukewarm) is warm enough to get your garment clean and fresh. Use a small amount of pure soap (like baby shampoo). Wash in cold or lukeharm water, then rinse out the soap from the item and press the excess of water out. Do not wring! Iron carefully, use only the steam and drape a towel on the article.
If you decide to wash your garment in the washer, then you should always follow the washing instructions as described in the label and the leaflet of your item. Please also take into account the following rules:
- Wash at a low temperature (maximum 30 degrees).
- Use a good laundry detergent.
- Do not use too much detergent because your clothes will wear down faster.
- A laundry bag will protect your clothes better.
- Always wash clothes with beading or embroidery in a laundry bag.
Tumble dryer (own risk)
The tumble dryer is disastrous for fine and luxurious clothes. The clothes shrink and wear off more quickly from the dryer. So dry your luxury clothing with care and preferably lying or on a clothes hanger.
Pilling can occur when washing or wearing clothes. How woollier, more hairy or more voluminous the substance of the knitted fabric is, the greater the risk to pilling. This has nothing to do with the quality of the material, but with the property of the (knitted) fabric. We therefore call this an inescapable feature of woolly fabrics. By woolly, voluminous effect of yarn, where sweaters and cardigans are made of, this will usually pills a little, mainly at the places where the fabric rubs against each other. The clothing can usually be maintained by using a little machine against pilling (on battery) or a small brush that used for pilling. If you use one of these options and you can shave off the balls, you can officially not call it pills. Real pills are hard spheres to a substance that you cannot pick up. This is a problem that you only find in a fabric with a composition of polyester/viscose.
Tips to prevent pilling as much as possible:
Always check the care instruction label, which is sewn into the garment. When washing in the machine the wool program should be used as well as a wash bag for extra protection of the material.
- Never wash the clothes together with sharp objects such as zippers or buckles.
- Use a special wool detergent.
- After washing, lay down the clothes to let them dry.
- Never put wool clothes in the dryer.
- If necessary, lukewarm ironing can be done but without steam.
You can also bring your clothes to a professional dry cleaner.
The label and the washing symbols
Always read the care instructions label, which is sewn into the garment, carefully before you wash it. The symbols you will find at the label can be placed in five categories, washing, bleaching, ironing, dry cleaning and tumble-drying. You can expect the following pictures at the label: