Washing Instructions and useful tips
Caring properly for your Silver Fleece, eSS or ewe2you garment will avoid excessive shrinkage and pilling and ensure long life and maximum wear.
Cotton & Polyester/Cotton
- Wash inside out in a cold machine wash – this will minimize fade and preserve colour.
- Do not use bleach or harsh detergents – this will bleach out colour and leave blotchy marks and colour run.
- Do not tumble dry
- If hand washing, rinse in large quantity of clean water, then immediately spin out excess liquid in machine
- Dry flat in the shade, inside out – hanging will cause the garment to grow longer,
- Do not leave to soak.
- New machines use very little water and if washing mixed light and dark colours it may be useful to first wash garment in a large amount of water by hand, rinsing out quickly and spinning the water from the garment in machine. This will help avoid any colour run.
- Always wash dark and light colours separately.
Wool & Wool Blends
- Wash inside out on Delicate cycle, using an approved Wool Mix laundry liquid
- Do not use bleach or harsh detergents or any enzyme based detergents – they eat away at the natural wool fibre and thin the garment or fabric.
- Do not leave to soak
- If hand washing, only wash in water temperature that you might wash a baby in, do so with approved Woollen laundry liquid and immediately spin out all excess liquid in machine
- To eliminate most moisture from garment, wrap in towel and squeeze dry or place rolled towel on floor and jump on it a couple of times [the children will be good at this and about the right amount of pressure]. This will leave garment almost dry and able to be worn the next day if left flat in a warm dry room. This is a great tip for travel garments and you can use a shampoo supplied in your hotel room and usually put the garments on without using an iron. Wool is also a great product as it will naturally resist odour so you can wear these garments many times before the need to launder – the perfect travel companion.
- Dry flat in the shade, inside out. Hanging will cause the garment or fabric to grow longer if it is holding lots of moisture.
- Do not use pegs as these may harm or break the fine yarns which will cause holes.
- When wearing fine guage wools, be careful not to use pins or brooches as this may also break the yarn and cause holes. Belt buckles and Velcro are also not great companions of fine wools.
Wool research suggests sleeping on wool gives you a better sleep.
Acrylic & Acrylic Blends
- Wash inside out on cold delicate cycle, using a delicates laundry liquid
- Do not use bleach or harsh detergents or any enzyme based detergents. Do not leave to soak
- If hand washing, do so with delicates laundry liquid and immediately spin out all excess liquid in machine
- To eliminate most moisture from garment, wrap in towel and squeeze dry. This will leave garment able to be dried overnight.
- Dry flat in the shade, inside out
- Heat is the enemy of Acrylic and will make it go out of shape very quickly.
- Pilling – as acrylic is a man made fibre it is very strong so when it pills it won’t wear off like a natural fibre so you will need to use a battery operated fuzz buster to remove pills.
Fluffing & Pilling
As cotton and wool are short fibres, they have a tendancy to ‘fluff’. If this is not managed by washing the garment inside out, the fluffs will develop into pilling in wear areas like under arms, across stomach and over shoulders for school bags. When these items are washed inside out, the action of light abrasion against itself will reduce the fluffing and avoid pilling. Pilling and fluffing can also be reduced by using a fabric comb, or a battery operated Fuzz Buster, lightly over the fabric. NEVER use sharp blades or razors.
A little garment management goes a long way and will keep your wool garments looking great for a long time.
Iron Heatseals & Screenprinting
If you need to iron heatseals or screenprinting, use a piece of baking paper in between the fabric and the iron. Best practice is not to apply any heat to these embellishments as both are attached to the garment by a heat process and using heat to press or iron may affect the life of the press or cause cracking to the print.