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Fabric Care Guide

Fabric Care Guide

We often question how certain fabrics should be taken care of so we have compiled a list of fabrics and research on how each fabric should be taken care of so that you can get the most out of your fabric.

 Photo by  Janko Ferlič

Photo by Janko Ferlič

COTTON & LINEN

Washing: All water temperatures, separate colors

Drying: Linen: drying on low or line dry | Cotton: Dryer on high or hang dry.

Ironing: Linen: Press when damp | Cotton: Iron on hot or steam

Caution: Don’t use bleach unless garment is white and over-bleaching can cause yellowing or damage.

WOOL, MOHAIR, CASHMERE, & ANGORA

Washing: Cold water, separate colors, use mesh bag, wash inside-out, machine wash on delicate cycle or hand wash.

Drying: Don’t use dryer, press out water with a towel, reshape & lay flat to dry.

Ironing: Steam only

Caution: Don’t use bleach, check care tag to see if dry cleaning is recommended, don’t use hot water, don’t store in plastic, keep out of sun, don’t use fabric conditioner.

SILK & SILK BLENDS (50% or MORE)

Washing: Cold water, use mesh bag, separate colors, machine wash on delicate cycle, or hand wash.

Drying: Don’t use dryer, don’t wring or twist, reshape & lay flat to dry, or hang dry.

Ironing: Steam or iron on low, press inside-out.

Caution: Don’t use bleach, don’t use hot water, don’t use dryer, keep out of sun, don’t use fabric conditioner.

POLYESTER, NYLON

Washing: Warm water, separate colors, machine wash on normal cycle.

Drying: Tumble dry on low or line dry or hang dry.

Ironing: Steam or press on low to medium heat.

Caution: Don’t use bleach.

MODAL

Washing: All water temperatures, separate colors

Drying: Dryer on high or hang dry.

Ironing: Steam or iron on hot.

Caution: Don’t use bleach.

VISCOSE & RAYON

Washing: Cold water, use mesh bag, separate colors, machine wash on delicate cycle or hand wash.

Drying: Don’t use dryer, Don’t wring or twist, reshape & lay flay to dry, or hang dry.

Ironing: Steam or turn inside out while slightly damp and iron on medium

Caution: Don’t use bleach, don’t use hot water, don’t use dryer, keep out of sun, don’t store in plastic, don’t use bleach, don’t use dryer sheets, don’t use fabric conditioner, don’t use vinegar.

LYCRA & SPANDEX

Washing: All water temperatures, separate colors, machine wash on normal cycle or hand wash.

Drying: Tumble dry on low or line dry.

Ironing: Steam or iron on low

Caution: Don’t use bleach, don’t use dryer sheets, don’t use fabric conditioner

ACETATE

Washing: Cold water, use mesh bag, separate colors, machine wash on delicate cycle or hand dry.

Drying: Don’t use dryer, lay flat to dry or line dry.

Ironing: Press while damp with cool iron on the wrong side.

Caution: Don’t use dryer sheets, don’t use fabric conditioner, don’t use starch.

RAMIE

Washing: Cold water, use mesh bag, separate colors, machine wash on delicate cycle or hand wash.

Drying: Don’t wring or twist, tumble dry on low or lay flat to dry or hang dry.

Ironing: Steam or iron on low or iron on med or high while damp.

Caution: Don’t use bleach, don’t use hot water, don’t use fabric conditioner.










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