Caring For Your New Items
We just know that you are going to have a long and happy relationship with your brand new items! However, the lifespan of your purchase can be significantly shortened if the proper care and love is not given to it.
We always recommend to first and foremost FOLLOW CARE INSTRUCTIONS on each individual item's tag.
For a more comprehensive explanation, we've pinched the following guide from EZIBUY.com (https://www.ezibuy.com/shop/au/clothing-care):
HOW TO TAKE CARE OF COTTON:
Cotton is a soft material. Cool and comfortable, it’s perfect for summer or for those with allergies.
If you’re unsure about how to care for a particular cotton item, check the washing symbols for the recommended cleaning instructions.
Follow these steps to take the best care of your cotton tops and other cotton garments.
1. PRE-TREAT STAINS & MACHINE WASH: Prepare your cotton garment for a machine wash by spraying a quality stain remover on any stains. Add detergent to the washing machine. Use colour-safe detergent for your coloured cotton items, or a mild bleach product for white items. Be sure not to use too much as this can damage the fabric.
2. RINSE COTTON GARMENTS IN COOL WATER: You can wash your cotton items in warm water, but be sure to rinse in cold water so your cotton clothing doesn’t shrink.
3. DRY ON THE LINE OR IN THE DRYER ON A LOW HEAT: You can dry cotton in the dryer on a low heat setting, but it’s recommended to dry your cotton garments on the clothes line. This is also a great way to save time on ironing.
4. IRON TO GET RID OF WRINKLES: Cotton is prone to wrinkles. Once your cotton clothes are dry, run over them with a hot steam iron. Use a light misting of starch to keep them crisp for longer.
HOW TO TAKE CARE OF WOOL:
Woollen clothes like cardigans and knitwear, are perfect for winter as wool retains heat while allowing your skin to breathe. But it can be difficult to clean as it shrinks easily. Check the washing symbols for the recommended care instructions.
These simple steps will help you look after most woollen garments.
1. WASH WOOLLEN ITEMS IN COLD WATER: Always wash wool in cold water to preserve thread quality and avoid shrinkage. Wool doesn’t need to be washed too often. Most manufacturers recommend washing your woollen garment once a season.
2. LAY YOUR WOOLLEN CLOTHING FLAT TO DRY: In order to dry your woollen clothing, you must never use heat. No dryers or heaters, as these will cause your garment to shrink. Instead lay your woollen garment flat and allow it to air dry.
3. TAKE EXTRA CARE WITH WOOL: Never iron wool. Instead turn it inside out and steam the item using the steam setting on your iron.
HOW TO TAKE CARE OF LINEN:
Linen is a natural fabric produced by flax yarn. This makes it perfect for spring and summer because it breathes and keeps you cool. Linen is resistant to rubbing which makes it durable.
The following instructions will help you care for most linen items.
1. WASH LINEN IN COLD WATER: Use a gentle stain remover spray, before washing linen by hand in cold water with a small amount of detergent.
2. HANG YOUR LINEN CLOTHING ON THE LINE: Avoid tumble drying; hanging on the clothesline will reduce wrinkles. Use a hot steam iron to get rid of any wrinkles.
3. STORE LINEN CLOTHING PROPERLY TO AVOID WRINKLES: Folding isn’t recommended as linen creases easily. Instead roll it up or hang it on a clothes hanger.
HOW TO TAKE CARE OF SILK:
Silk is a natural fabric made from the fibre from silkworm cocoons, making it the elegant and stylish choice. It’s often used for evening wear, special occasions and luxurious sleepwear.
This is a delicate material and needs to be looked after appropriately. If in doubt, follow the item’s individual care instructions by checking the washing symbols.
These are the common recommendations for caring for silk.
1. DRY CLEAN OR GENTLY HAND WASH SILK: Generally, silk should only ever be dry-cleaned. But if you must wash it at home, hand wash it using a small amount of gentle soap. Be very careful when handling it wet because it can become misshapen.
2. ONLY AIR DRY SILK ITEMS: Avoid wringing out your silk item, or tumble drying it, as this will damage the fibres. Instead leave it to air dry.
HOW TO TAKE CARE OF DENIM:
Taking care of your denim will make it last and last. Traditional denim jeans are made from 100% cotton, which makes them very durable.
While most denim items are cotton, sometimes they are blended with other materials, so it’s important to follow the washing directions listed on the tag.
The simple instructions will help you take care of most denim garments.
1. WASH BEFORE YOUR FIRST WEAR: Always wash denim before wearing. This will remove excess dyes, and helps to soften the denim, ready for wear.
2. DON'T WASH TOO OFTEN: Denim doesn’t have to be washed regularly, as it is a tough material that can withstand a lot. Always spot clean before resorting to washing.
3. TRY CLEANING DENIM WITHOUT THE WASHING MACHINE: Other ways to clean denim is by putting your items in the freezer to kill odour-causing bacteria, or steaming them using your iron or garment steamer.
4. WASH IN COLD WATER: If your jeans do need a wash, set your washing machine to cold water to avoid shrinking. Washing them will bring them back to their original shape.
5. HANG THEM ON THE LINE OR IN THE DRYER ON A LOW HEAT: Be sure to dry them on a low heat or on the washing line.
HOW TO CARE FOR LEATHER:
It’s important to look after your leather boots, leather jackets, and other leather items to prevent damage and ensure they last. Leather is made through the process of tanning hides of animals such as cows, pig and sheep.
Manufacturers will provide you with their cleaning recommendations through washing symbols featured on the tags.
Alternatively, you can follow these simple steps for caring for most leather items.
1. USE A PROTECTANT SPRAY BEFORE YOUR FIRST USE: If you’ve recently purchased a leather garment, it’s a good idea to use a leather protectant spray to ensure that it doesn’t become water damaged.
2. DUST USING A SOFT BRISTLED BRUSH: If you want to clean your favourite leather item, begin by dusting the leather garment with a soft bristled brush.
3. WIPE TO CLEAN YOUR LEATHER GARMENT: Wipe the surface of your leather garment with a damp cloth to remove any marks and then wipe with a dry cloth.
4. USE A LEATHER CONDITIONER: Conditioning your leather with a leather conditioner will prevent the leather from drying it out and cracking, as well as keeping it soft and improving the longevity.
5. DRY CLEAN LEATHER OCCASIONALLY: If your leather item has wrinkles, or needs a good clean, it’s best to take it to a dry cleaner who specialises in leather.