Clothing Care Guide
Acetate – Should only be dry cleaned
Acrylics - Preferable to gently machine wash and add softener during the final cycle. Use low temperatures for dryers.
Cotton - Machine washable in warm water. Set dryer to low. Use a cool iron.
Metallic Cotton - Also machine washable in warm water. Set dryer to low, and iron to cool.
Fleece - quickly removed after machine washing in order to avoid fabric matting. Do not use dryer to dry.
Linen – To preserve the crisp finish of the fabric, machine washing is not preferred. Rather, you should send linen fabrics to the dry cleaners. You can also hand wash them in bleach-less chlorine. By handwashing rather than dry cleaning, you can soften the fabric.
Lyocell – Lyocell fabrics are extremely versatile. They can be machine washed and dried or dry cleaned. It depends on the individual finish of the fabric itself, so you should take the time to read the label. It is an extremely easy care fabric. When machine washing and drying, use low temperatures. Remove from the dryer once the garment is dry. A moderately warm iron is recommended for ironing.
Lycra - Avoid using chlorine bleach on these fabrics. Machine dry at low temperatures. Handwashing in lukewarm water is the way to go.
Lycra Velvet - Can be either hand washed or machine washed in lukewarm water. Avoid using chlorine bleach on these fabrics. Always wash and dry at low temperature settings.
Nylon - Nylon can be machine washed and dried at low temperature settings. You can also use fabric softener during the final rinse cycle. By using a dryer sheet during drying, you can avoid generating static electricity. As soon as the fabric is completely dry, remove from the dryer at once.
Polyesters - Can be machine washed using warm water. Preferable to add fabric softener during the final rinse cycle. Use a low temperature setting for machine drying. When ironing, you should use a warm iron. Polyesters can also be dry cleaned.
Polyolefin - Can be either dry cleaned or machine washed. Most stains can be easily removed by using a wet cloth and wiping with some warm water and detergent. When drying, use a mildly warm or heatless tumble dryer. Should not be ironed.
Rayon - Preferable to dry cleaned them. You can also hand wash them using warm water. Do not lose any chlorine bleach. Cannot be machine-dried.
Silk - Should never be machine washed or dried. Can be dry cleaned or hand washed with mild soap.
Spandex - Can either be hand washed or machine washed in warm water. Never use bleach or chlorine on these fabrics. Should be machine dried at low temperatures.
Suede - dry cleaning is the most preferable option for these fabrics. You can use a gentle machine washing cycle.
Triacetate - Garments that are pleated with triacetate should be hand washed. For garments that are completely made out of triacetate machine washing is the better option. A high temperature iron can be used as the fabric is extremely resilient.
Woodblocks - Handprinted fabric should always be washed by hand first before being machine washed. If you do this until the water runs completely clear and does not contain any dye. They should also be dried on a flat surface without any machine drying.
Woolsuiting - Should always be dry cleaned. You can also spot clean stains using a wet cloth or sponge.
Silk Fabric Care
Silk has always been perceived as a sensuous fabric that is luxurious and soft. For centuries, it has been associated with aristocratic wealth and success. It is also one of the first textile fabrics used by mankind. Since about the 27th Century BC, silk’s luxurious feeling has been thoroughly utilized in China. It was then transported to ancient Greece and ancient Rome where it was mentioned by Aristotle. During the times of the Roman Empire, silk was worth its weight in gold. Nowadays, silk is still prized for its elegance, versatility, comfort, and wearability.
Out of all the different types of natural fibers, silk is the strongest. If a silk filament and the steel filament of the same diameter were to be pulled at the same rate, the steel fiber would tear before the silk fiber would. In addition, silk also has an enormous ability to absorb moisture, making it warm in the winter and cool in the summer. Because it is highly absorbent; it can be dyed in numerous deep colors. In addition, silk also drapes well, retains its shape, and has a lustrous look to it.
The usages of silk garments include sportswear to eveningwear and everything in between. You can either use a silk suit to go to the office, or go to a dinner party. It is extremely versatile and can be used in all seasons.
Silk - Needless to say, silk is versatile, elegant, and washable. However, it is also extremely costly. Back in the day, silk was usually dry cleaned, racking up an enormous maintenance cost for this fabric. The truth is though, all silk can be machine washed. Silk is a natural fiber that is derived from proteins similar to human hair. It is made from the cocoon of the silkworm. Sericin which is natural glue that silkworms produce in order to tightly wind up their cocoons is usually not removed during processing of silk, but can be removed by washing in warm water.
Silk can be hand washed without shrinking. A loosely woven silk will only tighten up a bit when it is washed, so you can improve the density of silk by washing as it will cause the weave to tighten up.
Cold water and mild soap should always be used when handwashing silks.
You can rinse your silk in a lime juice solution during the final cycle in order to give it a shiny sheen and a stiff demeanor.
Silks need to be dried in the shade; drying white silk in the sun will cause it to turn yellow. Drying colored silk in the sun will cause it to fade.
You should always iron silk while it is damp. Ironing silk while it is dry will cause the fabric to sustain damage.
If you have silk Sarees make sure to wrap them up in cotton when storing them for long intervals of time.
Place sticks of clove between your silk Sarees to discourage moths from damaging your silk.
Sandwash silks should only be cleaned by a professional. Using a special brush can help you remove surface stains yourself.
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