Now that you have your favourite piece, it is time to take care of it properly. Here are our top tips how to care for your garments in an eco-friendly way.
CHECK YOUR LABEL
Before you wash, ask yourself: does the item really need to be washed or is it enough to air it out? Tumbling in the washing machine drains your garments and consumes a lot of energy and water.
LOWER THE HEAT
Wash at lower temperatures. You may think that hotter equals to cleaner but washing at 30° Celsius usually cleans your clothes just as well, prolongs their lifespan and uses 40% less energy. A true win-win.
GET YOUR LOAD RIGHT
Washing half-full load wastes water but trying to wash your entire closet at once is not the solution either as an overloaded wash increases friction, tears and fading.
Use a laundry bag for delicates. To avoid tearing delicate clothes in the washing machine, invest in a washing bag and keep them for longer.
BUT NO SOFTENERS
Only use softeners on garment if the care label explicitly says so. Softeners are not only damaging to our environment but can reduce the sliding resistance of twisted yarns.
Avoid tumble-drying. Air drying your clothes saves energy, releases no micro-fibres, and avoids the tearing, shrinking and/or breakdown of your garments.
TO IRON OR NOT TO IRON
Select the right temperature when ironing garments. Reverse garments with motifs to avoid damage. Alternatively, consider steam clean options, just be careful as this is not suited for all garments.
Remove pilling balls. All wool items display pilling after time. It is just natural. These can be removed by gently scraping the textile with a specialist tool like a pilling comb or razor.
It may sound simple - but it makes a world of difference. Keep your clothes in a dry, ventilated and cool space. Air your clothes out regularly. Fold heavy garments to avoid stretching. When you hang garments, use the loops and features designed for it. Use wooden hangers as they last longer than plastic and wire alternatives and are kinder to your garments.
EXTRA ADVICES AND TRICKS
• Wash coordinating clothes together, such as suits, twin-sets, and remove accessories before washing.
• If your care label recommends it, choose professional textile care for your garment. There are two methods: dry-cleaning, which uses chemicals, and wet cleaning, which functions like a particularly delicate washing.
• Blends, patches & lace: if you have a garment composed of different materials, make sure to follow the care label instructions as they are created based on the most delicate component of the garment.