1. General guidelines for washing
- Prior to washing any products, customers are advised to read the wash and care guidelines on the product label.
- Neutral detergents are recommended as normal ones contain excessive amounts of whitener.
- Garments should be washed inside out.
- Liquid detergent is preferable to solid or powdered detergent.
- Too much fabric softener may cause stains if garments are not properly rinsed.
- Mechanical drying is not recommended as fabrics tend to get matted while friction increases.
- High temperatures are always bad for fabrics.
- Avoid direct sunlight when drying clothes outside. If they must be dried outside, dry them inside out.
- Colored garments must be washed separately or with other garments that are of similar color.
2. Procedure to follow for a perfect wash
- Dry the clothes indoor. If they must be dried outdoor, make sure they are inside out.
- Iron the clothes inside out, preferably with a layer of fabric between the iron and the garment.
- The temperature, wash cycle and spin will vary according to the garment composition. Please check the wash care label for ideal temperature and cycle guidelines.
- Spin drying and direct exposure to sunlight during drying tends to make clothes lumpy. After machine washing, it is a good practice to dry clothes immediately, as leaving laundry in the washing machine for an extended period may cause unpleasant odours and humidity in garments.
1. Sort the laundry.
Separate garments depending on how soiled they are: very stained or not very stained. Wash white and pale garments separately from coloured or dark garments.
2. Read the clothing labels carefully.
To check the garments maximum washing temperature and wash type (hand wash, machine wash or dry clean).
3. Select the appropriate wash cycle and temperature.
The temperature, wash cycle and spin will vary according to the garment composition. Natural fabrics such as wool, linen and silk will shrink if washed at excessively high temperatures and will lose shape if spun or hung vertically. Artificial and synthetic fabrics are very sensitive to heat, and therefore must be washed in warm water and ironed inside out at a low temperature. Jeans must be washed inside out and never at more than 40ºC.
4. Add the correct amount of detergent.
Adding too much detergent damages clothes, harms the environment and if the detergent does not dissolve correctly, clothes may become stained. Do not overload the washing machine: overloading may prevent the clothes from being properly washed.
5. Dry the clothes.
Spin drying and direct exposure to sunlight during drying tends to make clothes lumpy. After machine washing, it is a good idea to dry clothes immediately, as leaving laundry in the washing machine for an extended period may cause unpleasant odours and humidity in garments.
6. Iron the clothes.
Start ironing at the lowest temperature. Iron the clothes slightly damp or inside out in the case of dark colours. Most polyester t-shirts need not be ironed since they do not wrinkle if folded immediately after they are dry. Most importantly DO NOT iron over any garments that contain either a rubber print/label since rubber melts under the slightest amounts of heat and once ruined, this cannot be rectified.