Care for your garments
Each fabric type is unique and requires special care.
Here are our top tips.
- Sort the clothes by type of fabric (cotton, wool, silk, synthetic, etc.) so that you can easily select the best washing and ironing settings.
- Empty pockets, remove belts, jewellery and other accessories before storing or washing to prevent damage or bulging on the garments.
- If washing the garment for the first time, make sure to remove any labels or tags on the garment.
- Cotton is ideal for washing machines.
- To make ironing easier use our fabric conditioner.
- If the fabric contains cotton plus other fabrics, wash according to most delicate fabric.
Silk, Viscose and Crepe
Silk and rayon are soft and delicate fabrics that require special care.
- Do not spin-dry or wring silk or viscose items.
- Wrap the garments in cloth and "knead" until the excess water is removed.
- Preferably hand wash with detergent and warm water. Some silk garments allow for machine washing at low temperatures, check the label.
- Lay out flat and iron when garment is still damp.
- Iron at low temperatures, preferably when slightly damp or inside out to prevent it from looking shiny.
- Do not splash water on this type of fabric, as it can stain.
Protect these fibers from heat; they shrink in the dryer.
- Cashmere is a very delicate and typically expensive fabric, you should always hand wash using detergent for delicate fabrics.
- Hand wash cashmere in cold water and detergent. You should not wring.
- Use our fabric conditioner and your garment will retain an irresistible fragrance, as if it was always freshly washed.
- You must let the garment dry naturally: if ironing is necessary, do it at low temperatures while the garment is still damp.
- Wash wool with cold water and lay it to dry flat over a towel.
- Dry wool clothing at room temperature, away from heat and sunlight. Do not use the dryer.
- Wash clothes with brocade by hand with cold water and a detergent for delicate clothes.
- Never wring a brocade garment.
- Always iron inside out over a towel to protect the embroidery.
- While denim is a very durable fabric, it also needs care.
- Machine wash separately to avoid discolouring.
- Wash denim inside out and remember to zip up before putting the clothes into the washer.
- Lace garments are very delicate and should be washed and dried very carefully.
- It is best to use a gentle and mild detergent for garments made of lace.
- Never use bleach as lace may become yellow.
- Dry flat on a white towel and away from direct sunlight.
Leather and Suede
- Washing is rarely permitted. For best results please check the label.
- Maintain the appearance of the garment by rubbing the suede with a brush or with another piece of suede.
- Although a tough fabric, it does require care.
- It is best to iron when the garment is still damp.
Care for the colour of your clothes!
Did you know that white, black or brightly coloured garments require special care? Here are some tips to help you keep your clothes looking new.
Caring for Coloured Clothes
- Before washing the new coloured clothes in your washing machine, do a test in the sink with detergent and water to see if the colour runs. If the colour runs, you will need to hand wash.
- If line drying, whenever possible, hang clothes in the shade. Direct exposure to the sun tends to discolour and stain your clothing.
- Follow directions on the label, and separate clothes by colour and type of cycle. Separate the whites from the darks, and don't mix the bright colours with black and white.
Special Tips for Black Garments
- Use the Dark Colours fabric conditioner from Sta-Soft® to ensure your dark garments are properly cared for and smell irresistible.
- Before you put your new clothes in the washer, test in the sink with detergent and water and see if the colour runs. If the colour runs, you will need to hand wash.
- Always wash black clothes separately
- If line drying, never expose your black clothes in the sun. Hang them in the shade and inside out.
- Use a cloth to iron over dark garments so that it doesn’t create shine marks, or iron inside out.
- Use a cloth to iron over dark garments or iron inside out so that it doesn’t create shine marks
- Keep your washing machine clean to prevent spots and lint on your black clothes.
Different kinds of garments require different care!
Each type of apparel requires different care. Home apparel, dress apparel, baby apparel ... should not only be maintained according to fabric and colour, but for its use. We provide you with very useful tips to preserve your apparel longer!
- The most important thing is that you use a mild detergent meant for garments.
- If you are washing fine fabrics such as linen and crochet or embroideries, wash them separately in laundry bags designed for these.
- Before washing, empty pockets, close zippers - as they damage other items in the load of laundry when open - lace buttons and ribbons, pockets inside out, raise collars, and sew anything torn.
- Use cold water to wash your delicates. Hot water may discolour or damage your fabrics.
- You can wash delicates in the washing machine by using cold water and a gentle cycle setting. Avoid wringing.
- Remove the water from these garments by hand, without wringing or twisting.
- If ironing is necessary, patterned garments should be ironed inside out.
- Embroidered garments should be ironed inside out to highlight its design.
- Baby clothes should be loose, comfortable, and easy to put on and remove. It is advisable that they be open at the chest or back, and without any lace or excessive decorations that could pose a risk to your baby’s safety.
- Ideally, baby clothes should be made from natural fabrics, preferably cotton. Avoid synthetic fabrics, wool or lint producing cloths.
- A new-born’s clothing should be washed separately from that of other family members with a neutral, soft and specialized detergent.
- You should not use bleach on your baby's clothes.
Linens and Towels
Useful tips for your linens and towels:
- It is very important to keep the towels and linens clean and dry, because proper hygiene keeps your family safe and healthy.
- Linen and towels should be regularly washed.
- If using a dryer, avoid over drying, as it will lead to wrinkling.
- When the dryer cycle ends, take out linens immediately, iron manually and fold. Using Sta-Soft® fabric conditioner will make ironing easier.
- If you want to give your bed a perfect finish while making it, iron just the top of your sheets.
- Matthew Smith