Washing Hints & Tips
- High temperatures are bad for all fabrics.
- Whiteners are always preferable to bleach.
- As a general rule always dry clean a garment that is lined and use natural detergents for delicate fabrics.
- Soaking or leaving garments damp in a washing machine will cause some coloured fabrics, prints, or trims like ribbons and leather to bleed.
- Empty Pockets, unfasten buttons and lift collars before washing.
- Do not overload the machine. Do not wash at very high temperature.
- Check the instructions for the detergent you use - most washing powders need to be predissolved before being added to the machine. This is a common cause of spots on garments where the powder has stuck to the garments and the colour has been stipped out on that spot.
- Do not use any machine cycle for garments with hand wash labels, even if the machine cycles are referred to as "gentle", "handwash" or "as gentle as hand washing".
- In the first few washes the colour may bleed, therefore the garment should be washed alone.
- Do not leave garments soaking for a long time.
- Ensure there is no residue in the tub from cleaning products.
- Allow soap or detergent to completely disolve before adding the garment.
- Do not rub garment, gently squeeze.
- Rinse thoroughly.
- Do not use any machine cycle even if the settings are referred to as "gentle", "handwash" or "as gentle as hand washing".
- If a garment has deep or intense colour, do not hang in direct sunlight or in heavy winds.
- If drying indoors, make sure the area is well ventilated.
- Knitted, heavy or garments made of specialty fabrics should be laid flat to dry on a towel out of direct sunlight to retain their shape.
- Follow ironing instructions on care label.
- For heavy cottons and linens, iron while still damp or when dry with lots of steam.