CARE INSTRUCTIONS FOR COTTON PRODUCTS
Cotton is a natural fiber that belongs to the group of plant fibers that are commonly used to create textiles. The fiber is obtained from the seed hairs of the cotton plant and is also one of the most commonly used clothing materials with many good properties: Cotton is a breathable material, does not itch or irritate the skin, is not easily electrified and is very durable. On the other hand, cotton burns easily, wrinkles, and does not insulate heat effectively. When buying a cotton accessory, keep in mind that cotton shrinks slightly during washing. Cotton also easily adheres dirt, which, however, is not very problematic, as the cotton is very resistant to washing.
The accessory made of cotton can be machine washed and also be tumble dried. A suitable washing temperature is 60 ºC. If the cotton is washed at a lower temperature, the colors may bleed. The cotton accessory withstands ironing well at temperatures up to 200 degrees. To preserve the long life of the product store your cotton clothing dry and protected from the sun to prevent any fading or development of mold.
CARE INSTRUCTIONS FOR SILK PRODUCTS
Silk scarves should be washed as needed. If sweat and dirt are absorbed by silk it may degrade and weaken the silk fiber and thus the durability of your accessory. In addition, sunlight also can impair the color and durability of silk fiber. Thus, we recommend to treat your silk products with utmost care and always follow the washing instructions marked on the product.
In our experience, machine-woven silk products can also be washed in a washing machine with a delicate washing program. We recommend to use a gentle liquid detergent for the wash and to wash the product at a maximum temperature of 30 °C. (Kindly note that machine-washing silk contrary to care instructions is always done at your own risk). However, it is not wise to tumble dry any silk products, as it harms the product.
For hand washing, we recommend a short soaking time of the product. The accessory should be soaked in a sufficiently large pool of water. When drying your silk product, it should be laid out flat and and protected from direct light.
For Dupion silk, silk organza, Thai silk, raw silk and embroidered silk, dry cleaning is strongly recommended. We also recommend dry cleaning for difficult stains, such as grease and wine stains. Stain removal should take place as soon as possible after the stain is created, as silk strongly absorbs color.
The silk product should always be ironed from the inside. The temperature of the iron should be low, especially for thin grades. Switch off any steam and spray the iron instead of the product when ironing the product, as water may stain the product.
Water stains can usually be easily removed during washing. You can also try removing electricity with Antistatic Spray products found in major department stores.
CARE INSTRUCTIONS FOR WOOL PRODUCTS
Wool can be obtained from many animals. However, the word wool is most commonly used to mean wool obtained from sheep.
The largest wool-producing countries are China, Australia and New Zealand. Of the European countries, the United Kingdom and the former Soviet Union produce the most wool in the European region.
The most important property of wool is it’s good thermal insulation, which is also why it is best suited for winter wear. The excellent thermal insulation is due to the fact that the wool fiber is curly and thus, binds air inside, keeping the wearer warm. Further, wool has many other good features that make it a good material for accessories. For instance, wool is flexible, it does not electrify, it is soft, and it does not wrinkle. Woolen clothes also do not need to be washed often as regular ventilation is usually sufficient.
However, wool pills easily as the wool fibers are scaly. Therefore, washing wool accessories properly is particularly important to be able to use the product for many years. When washing, a wool washing program of up to 40 degrees should be used. Also wool specific detegent – which is a very neutral detergent – should be used as much as possible when washing wool. Wool is abbreviated as WO.
CARE INSTRUCTIONS FOR CASHMERE PRODUCTS
Cashmere wool is wonderfully soft and luxurious. The fiber is obtained from cashmere goats. More specifically, cashmere is the undercoat of cashmere goats. As goats live in cold conditions, high in the mountains of Asia, cashmere is a very warming fiber. The name of this fiber comes from the state of Kashmir, which is a mountainous region in northwestern India. The hair is collected at the time of the goats’ hair removal – one goat producing about 500 g of wool at a time. The largest producers of cashmere wool are China, India, Mongolia, Iran and Turkey.
Cashmere feels luxuriously soft, light and breathable on the skin. It is considered one of the finest wool qualities. The fiber is used purely or blended with wool, silk, cotton or other synthetic fibers. Because of its subtlety, Cashmere should be treated with the outmost care. It does not need to be washed often, ventilation in fresh air usually is sufficient. When washing, use lukewarm water and neutral detergent. Any abrasion should be avoided. It is also advisable to dry the wet cashmere scarf by folding it inside a towel and pressing gently.