Cleaning and Care of Our Fabrics
- Cotton can be easily laundered. It can withstand high temperatures (boiling water does not hurt the fiber).
- Any good detergent can be used to wash cotton.
- Chlorine bleach can be used safely on cotton whites. Use color safe bleach on dyed cottons.
- Since cotton fibers are fairly inelastic cotton fabrics may wrinkle easily. And, fabric may need frequent pressing. However, cotton fabric can be treated with a wrinkle resistant finish to create a more resilient fabric/garment. The label will tell you if this finish has been applied.
- A higher heat setting is needed in the dryer to dry cotton. Cotton will take much longer to dry than less absorbent fibers.
- Cotton can be ironed with a hot iron, and does not scorch easily
- Some linens are washable, while others are dry clean only. Be sure to check the label.
- Washable household linen, handkerchiefs, and linen apparel can be washed easily and become softer with use.
- White linens should be dried in the sun, if possible, to help them to keep their whiteness.
- Generally speaking, dry cleaning is recommended for drapery linens, upholstery linens and decorative linens.
- Linen fabrics may need frequent pressing, unless treated for crease resistance.
- If you want your linen shirts and shorts to have that same crispness, then have them dry cleaned. However, if you prefer a more relaxed look and feel to your linen, wash them at home.
- Most items made from polyester can be machine washed and dried.
- Use warm water and add a fabric softener to the final rinse cycle.
- Machine dry at low temperature setting and remove articles as soon as the tumbling cycle is complete.
- If ironing is needed, use a moderately warm iron.
- Most items made from polyester can be dry-cleaned.
Most rayon garments should be dry-cleaned, but some types of fabric and garment construction are such that they can be hand or machine washed. For washable items, use the following as a guide:
- Use mild lukewarm or cool suds. Gently squeeze suds through the fabric and rinse in lukewarm water. Do not wring or twist the article.
- Smooth or shake out the article and place on a non-rust hanger to dry. Rayon sweaters should be laid flat to dry.
- Press the article while damp on the wrong side with the iron at a moderate setting. If finishing on the right side is required, a press cloth should be used.
- Between wearings, rayon articles may be pressed with a cool iron.
- For best results, hand wash in cold water and hang dry. A light ironing to smooth out any small wrinkles is all that's required to restore a fresh look to the garment. Of course, garments can also be dry-cleaned or (except for fringed articles) machine washed and dried.
Only pre-washed silk is washable. Read the label!
- Dry cleaning is generally preferred, since laundering detergent and dyes in other clothes may adversely affect silk fabric.
- For washable silk, follow the care instructions carefully.
- For items without linings and without embellishments attached, careful handwashing is permissable, with mild soap and lukewarm water.
- Chlorine bleach should never be used on silk.
- For long-time storage, silk should be sealed against light, air and insects.