Friday, April 18, 2008

Laundry Care Guide for all fibers

These fabric care suggestions are provided as a general guide for the benefit of our visitors. Because materials and dyes vary between manufacturers and products, for best results we recommend that you test a sample before washing or dry cleaning the entire garment.
Acetate: Dry clean only.

Acrylic: Machine wash warm using warm water, softener may be added during the final rinse cycle. Machine dry using low temperature, remove promptly when done.

Cotton: Machine wash warm, tumble dry low. Use cool iron.

Metallic Cotton: Machine wash warm, delicate cycle, tumble dry low,. Cool iron may be used.

Fleece: Machine wash warm and remove quickly to avoid matting. Hang to dry; do not use dryer.

Linen: Dry clean is recommended and retains the original crisp finish to the fabric. Hand wash in mild soap no chlorine bleach dry by laying flat on clean non-colored towel. Note: Hand washing softens the feel of the linen which is sometimes preferred.

Lyocell: Lyocell garments may be either machine washable and dryable or drycleanable. Read the label. Washable lyocell has the strength and ease of care of other easy-care fabrics. Machine wash and dry at low temperature. Remove from dryer as soon as the garment is dry. If ironing is required, use a moderately warm iron.

Lycra: Hand or machine wash in lukewarm water. Never use chlorine bleach onany fabric containing Lycra. Either drip dry or machine dry using lowtemperature settings.

Lycra Velvet: Hand or machine wash in lukewarm water. Never use chlorine bleach on any fabric containing Lycra. Either drip dry or machine dry using low temperature settings.

Microfibers: Acrylic, nylon and polyester microfibers are machine washable, machine dryable or drycleanable Follow the instructions for washing fabrics consisting of these individual fibers.

Nylon: Most items made from nylon can be machined washed and tumbled dried at low temperatures. Use warm water and add a fabric softener to the final rinse cycle. To minimize static electricity use a dyer sheet when machine drying. Remove articles from the dyer as soon as the tumbling cycle is completed. If ironing is required, use a warm iron.

Polyester: Use warm water add fabric softener to final rinse, machine dry low and remove promptly from dryer. If ironing is needed use a moderate warm setting. All polyesters can be dry cleaned.

Polyolefin: Most items can be washed or dry-cleaned. Most stains can be readily be removed by wiping, using lukewarm water and detergent. If fabric is machine washed, it should be line dried or tumbled dried with gentle or no heat. Do not iron.

Rayon: Dry cleaning is recommended. Although hand wash in lukewarm water is okay. No chlorine bleach allowed. Lay flat on a clean non-colored towel to dry.

Silk: Dry cleaning is preferred. Hand washing is possible if mild soap and lukewarm water is used. Laying flat on a clean non-colored towel to dry.

Spandex: Hand or machine wash in lukewarm water. Never use chlorine bleach on any fabric containing Lycra. Either drip dry or machine dry using low temperature settings.

Suede: Recommendation is dry cleaning. Although Machine wash gentile cycle is allowed.

Triacetate: Pleated garments are best hand laundered. Most other garments containing 100% triacetate can be machine washed. If ironing is needed, a high temperature setting may be used. Articles containing triacetate require little care due mainly to the fiber's resistance to high temperature.

Woodblocks: As with all hand-printed fabrics, we suggest you do the following: prewash by hand with mild detergent and rinse until water runs clear. Dry flat. Additional color transfer from dark to lights may occur when sewn and washed together. We suggest you take this into account when designing your projects. We hope you enjoy the results when you use this ancient fabric handicraft.

Wool & Suiting: Recommendation is for dry cleaning. Can be spot cleaned with a damp sponge.

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