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Care instructions

WASHING

The washtub indicates the domestic washing process. The two variables in the washing process are:

- Water temperature - indicated by degrees Celsius inside the tub.

- Spinning - indicated by the use of a bar or broken bar underneath the tub.

Listed below are the wash symbols commonly used:

  • maximum water temperature 50°C
  • reduced mechanical action
  • reduced spinning
  • maximum water temperature 40°C
  • normal mechanical action
  • normal spinning 
  • maximum water temperature 40°C
  • reduced mechanical action
  • reduced spinning 
  • maximum water temperature 40°C
  • much reduced mechanical action
  • normal spinning
  • do not wring by hand


CHLORINE BLEACHING

The triangle indicates the bleaching process:

  • chlorine based bleaching allowed
  • dilute solution and use cold water
  • do not use chlorine based bleach

 

IRONING

The iron indicates the ironing process.

Maximum temperature levels are indicated by one, two or three dots within the symbol.

  • hot iron
  • sole plate temperature to be a maximum of 200°C
  •  warm iron
  •  sole plate temperature to be a maximum of 150°C
  • cool iron
  • sole plate temperature to be a maximum of 110°C


DRY CLEANING

The circle indicates the dry-cleaning process for all textiles except real leather and fur.

  • normal dry cleaning procedure  
  • limitations on addition of water, mechanical action and temperature during cleansing - and/or drying 
  • do not dry clean
  • do not remove staining with solvents


TUMBLE DRYING

The circle in a square identifies tumble drying. The severity levels are indicated by one or two dots in the circle.

  • can be tumble dried
  • normal drying cycle
  • can be tumble dried
  • dry at a lower temperature setting
  •  do not tumble dry

 

WASHING INSTRUCTIONS AND TIPS FOR CARING FOR YOUR CLOTHES.

SORTING

Sort garments by their colour, similar colours together whites, darks etc as coloured garments that are meant to be washed at a higher temperature can release excess dye into your wash.

Always read the label and washing instructions before you wash your clothes. 

Close zippers and hook and loop tape fastenings before washing as delicate items may get damaged. 

WASHING

Wash garments inside out to protect the fabric.

Always follow the detergent manufacturers guideline for the amount of clothes to be washed. It is an urban myth that the more detergent you use will give you better results, it can leave residue on the garment and cause clothing to irritate your skin.

Wash at 30C to save energy and money.

Using fabric conditioner will keep your clothes looking newer for longer and help keep fibres feeling smoother and softer against the skin. (Always read instructions for exceptions)

Use Wool/Silk detergents for delicates where it states on the care label

Ensure that your washing machine is full or three quarters full, this will help save energy by doing less washes. You could also lower your spin speed, use a synthetic cycle or select manually (around 800rpm) and line Dry where ever possible.

Where applicable, reshape your clothes whilst damp.

HAND WASHING

Always ensure the detergent is dissolved in water before adding the garment, avoid excessive rubbing or wringing and rinse out carefully.

TUMBLE DRYING

Always check to see if a garment can be tumble dried, never tumble dry a garment that shouldn’t be tumble dried.

Tumble dryers can use a lot of energy, If you are using a tumble dryer, use the maximum spin speed on your washing machine to help reduce drying times.

IRONING

Follow the instructions on the care label

Sort garments into similar fabric piles to reduce the need to alter temperatures on your iron.

To avoid iron marks iron garments inside out and delicate fabrics on a lower temperature setting.

Do not iron over prints/trims or embellished items


FABRIC QUALITIES & BENEFITS

COTTON

  • Cotton is a cool, breathable natural fibre, very absorbent and comfortable.
  • Always try to line dry when you can and wash inside out and use fabric softeners to keep your Cotton garment looking good.

VISCOSE

  • Viscose is a hardwearing fabric that is soft , comfortable and drapes well.

MODAL

  • Modal is a type of viscose which is soft, smooth and breathable take out - and is resistant to shrinkage, it stays particularly soft through repeated washing.

LINEN

  • Linen like Cotton is a natural fibre which keeps you cool and is comfortable to wear and not clingy. It resists soiling well and is long lasting getting better with age.

WOOL

  • Wool is a natural fibre and keeps you warm when its cold and cool when its warm, it is a good thermal isolator and is also very absorbent.

POLYESTER

  • Polyester is very strong, durable, quick drying and easy to care for.

ACRYLIC

  • Acrylic is ideal for sportswear as it is light, quick drying and also keeps you warm.

LYCRA ®

  • Lycra is a premium brand elastane it is ideal where stretch is desired giving great recovery performance in stretch garments. It is lightweight, quick drying, and breathable it is resistant to bacteria and used particularly in swimwear, hosiery, leggings & underwear.

NYLON (POLYAMIDE)

  • Nylon is strong, durable and quick drying, it has the ability to stretch and is particularly good for stockings

SILK

  • Is a natural fibre that has a soft handle, is tear resistant and drapes particularly well, it is kind to your skin and can be worn in all seasons.

ANGORA

  • Angora is a natural fibre and is soft, light and has a silky texture and is 8 times warmer than wool.

CASHMERE

  • Cashmere is a natural fibre is strong and light and is extremely warm to wear.

JERSEY

  • There are three types of ‘Jersey’ :
  • Single Jersey - A single faced fabric with natural stretch and recovery
  • Interlock Jersey - A double faced fabric with more natural stretch and recover
  • Rib Jersey - A double faced fabric with a rib appearance having a lot of stretch and recovery.

FLUORO

  • Wash your fluoro inside out
  • Don't use softeners
  • If line drying ensure the garment is inside out
  • The colour will fade in direct sunlight
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