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Clothing Care

Keep garments looking fresh and new with clothing tips for our key fabrics below. Also, read the manufacturer's label attached to your garment for washing, drying and ironing instructions.

 

 

 

Delicate Garments

Take these steps to care for delicate fabrics such as lace:

  • Hand wash in cold or warm water.
  • Use mild soap.
  • Rinse well.
  • Do not soak or bleach.
  • Line dry in shade.
  • Do not tumble dry.
  • Cool iron or reverse if applicable.
  • Do not iron embellishments.
  • Follow care instructions for particular fibres, but always lay flat to dry.
  • Store knits flat, never hang knitwear.

 

 

Care Advice by Fabric Type

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Care Instructions 

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Cotton

  • Cotton is soft, cool and comfortable.
  • Wash in cold water as warm water can shrink cotton garments.
  • It has a tendancy to wrinkle so use a hot steam iron before wearing.


Wool

  • Wool is perfect for winter as it retains heat whilst allowing your skin to breathe.
  • Wash wool in cold water to preserve thread quality in the fabric. Wool should not be washed regularly but as close to once a season is best.
  • Do not hang to dry as your garment will loose its shape, but rather lay it flat.
  • Do not heat to dry as your garment may shrink.
  • Do not iron wool. You can however use steam on the under side of the fabric.


Denim

  • Wash denim before wearing.
  • To avoid shrinking denim, wash in cold water and use low heat if drying.
  • The shrinking properties of cotton allow you to wash denim once worn to get the original shape back.
  • Traditional Jeans Fabric is 100% cotton, and very durable.


Polyester

  • Polyester is durable, strong, and resistant to creasing.
  • It’s a manufactured fibre, that wears well.
  • Wash in cold or warm water, and use a fabric softener.
  • Low absorbancy allows fibre to dry quickly - resistant to stretching or shrinking.
  • It's sensitive to heat so use iron at a low temperature inside out, with no steam.
  • Some garments with Polyester may be "dry clean only", make sure you check the manufacturer's label to find out if your garment is.


Elastane

  • Elastane won't shrink as it can stretch and spring back to its original shape.
  • Elastane is often blended with another fabric like denim or cotton to add a bit of stretch to otherwise stiff fabrics.
  • You can generally use a cold or lukewarm machine wash. Be sure to use a cool iron though.
  • Hang to dry.


Acrylic

  • A man made fibre, generally derived from coal or oil distillation products or from natural gas.
  • The fibre is generally extruded through a spinaret and several fibres spun together to make a yarn.
  • Acrylic is a great alternative to wool as it's easier to wash and dry.
  • Acrylic can be machine washed in warm water and placed in a dryer at a low temperature.
  • To keep soft and fresh add a fabric softener.
  • It can be dry cleaned and also ironed at a low temperature.


Nylon

  • Nylon is a durable, strong, and light weight fabric. Wash nylon in cold or warm water.
  • Nylon is resistant to creasing and does not fade. However if you need to iron nylon, use the iron at a low temperature with no steam.
  • Iron the fabric inside out as nylon is sensitive to heat.


Viscose

  • Viscose breathes like cotton and has a soft luxurious feel.
  • The most common type of rayon.
  • Try to avoid pegging viscose on the clothes line as the pegs can leave indents when fabric is wet.


Rayon

  • Rayon has some qualities of cotton. Some garments will be 'dry clean only'.
  • Rayon is soft and comfortable to wear, it drapes well and has no static or pilling problems.
  • Most rayon should be dry-cleaned - some can be washed so care instructions need to be followed carefully.
  • It may wrinkle easily depending on the fabric blend, so iron on low heat.
  • Check the label to see if yours is. Hand wash or machine wash in luke warm or cool water.
  • Do not tumble dry, instead dry flat as rayon may stretch when wet.. Press with iron at a cool temperature, with no steam.
  • Do not wring or twist dry.


Silk

  • Silk is elegant and stylish for evening wear, special occasions or luxurious sleepwear.
  • Silk should be dry cleaned only. However, if you must wash silk, it should be handwashed with a suitable delicate soap to help the garment retain it's shape.
  • A natural fabric made from the fibre forming the cocoons of silkworm.
  • Several fibres are spun together and then woven into fabric.
  • Avoid wringing, spin drying and tumble drying silk.


Acetate

  • A manufactured fibre - cellulosic-based. This is a very drapey fabric, depending on the finish, it can be either crisp or soft.
  • Acetate is a robust fabric with the lavish look of silk. It should only be hand washed with warm water.
  • It's fast drying and resistant to shrinking, but do not tumble dry. It can melt under heat or from chemicals in nail polish and nail polish remover.
  • Don't soak, twist or wring dry acetate.
  • Does not pill and is comfortable to wear.
  • Use a cool iron, and place a light cloth between iron and garment.


Linen

  • A natural fabric produced from flax yarn.
  • Linen remains cool and light, so it's perfect for warmer weather.
  • Washing by hand in cold water is best and avoid tumble drying. Linen can easily crease so use a hot iron on your garment before folding or hanging up.
  • Linen is resistant to rubbing and it's durability means it should last long.


Leather

  • Material made from the skin of an animal by a process called tanning.
  • Most clothing and shoe leather comes from cows, pigs and sheep.
  • Wipe surface clean with a damp cloth.
  • Wipe dry.
  • Dry clean only with a specialist leather drycleaner.


Polyurethane

  • A synthetic fibre - or coating similar to plastic.
  • Wipe surface clean with damp cloth.
  • Do not wash. Allow to dry. Keep away from direct heat.
  • Must not be ironed or placed near heat. .
  • Do not tumble dry.
  • Do not dryclean.

 

 

Care Instructions 

Garment may be laundered through the use of hottest available water, detergent or soap, agitation and a machine designed for this purpose
Garment may be machine laundered only on the settings designed for gentle agitation and/or reduces time for delicates.
Initial water temperature should not exceed 30°C or 65 to 85°F.
Initial water temperature should not exceed 40°C or 105°F.
Initial water temperature should not exceed 50°C or 120°F.
Garment may be laundered through the use of water, detergent or soap and gentle hand manipulation.
Garment may not be safely laundered by any process. Normally accompanied by Dry Clean instructions.
Any commercially available bleach product may be used in the laundering process.
Only a non-chlorine, color-safe bleach may be used in the laundering process. Chlorine bleach may not be used.
No bleach product may be used. The garment is not colorfast or structurally able to withstand any bleach.
Dry clean, any solvent, any cycle, any moisture and any heat.
Any dry cleaning solvent other than trichloroethylene may be safely used.
Garment may not be commercially drycleaned.
A machine dryer may be regularly used at the hottest available temperature setting.
A machine dryer may be regularly used at a maximum of Low Heat setting.
A machine dryer may be regularly used at a maximum of Medium Heat setting.
A machine dryer may be regularly used at a maximum of High Heat setting.
A machine dryer may be regularly used only at No Heat or Air Only setting.
A machine dryer may not be used. Usually accompanied by an alternate drying method symbol.
Hang damp garment from line or bar, in or out doors.
Hang dripping wet garment from line or bar, in or out doors without hand shaping or smoothing.
Lay out horizontally for drying.
Usually added to Line or Drip Dry. Dry away from direct sunlight.
Do not wring.
No heat ironing may be needed and may be performed at any available temperature with or without steam is acceptable.
Cool ironing, steam or dry, may be performed at Low setting (110°C, 230°F) only.
Warm ironing, steam or dry, may be performed at Medium setting (150°C, 300°F).
Hot ironing, steam or dry, may be performed at High setting (200°C, 390°F).
Item may not be smoothed or finished with an iron.



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Step 1 - Brush the hat/bag gently to remove any large dirt particles.

Step 2 - Fill a spray bottle with water and mild dish soap. For stubborn stains mix one part hydrogen peroxide and one part water in a spray bottle.

Step 3 - Spray onto a soft cloth.

Step 4 - Test a small area to see if the solution is not damaging to the hat/bag. If there is no sign of damage wipe the cloth over the entire hat/bag.

Step 5 - Clean the stain. On encountering stubborn stains simply spray a little of the solution onto the stain.