We’ve all been there, staring blankly at the care label attached to your favourite jumper and praying that you won’t shrink it, or ruin the fabric. Despite your best efforts when you fetch it from the washing machine it’s nothing more than the remanence of what once was.
Here at Farnol, we have you covered. This is our definitive guide on care labels and washing hacks so you can keep your items in tip top condition for longer.
C A S H M E R E + W O O L
As many of our items contain cashmere, this is our four (and a half) step guide to caring for them.
If you think the only way to clean your cashmere sweater is to take it to the dry cleaners, think again. Cashmere is a delicate fabric and although dry cleaning is highly effective, it requires harsh chemicals that can break down fibres in your clothing over time. The best way to wash your cashmere items is with your bare hands.
Step one - Fill a basin with lukewarm water and add a small amount (around one - two teaspoons) of fine-washables detergent. Swirl the detergent around to disperse it evenly. Turn items inside out to avoid any fading.
Tip: choose a detergent that is low-alkaline, such as baby shampoo, these are more gentle on fabrics.
Step two (1/2) - It’s time to start washing. Submerge your garment(s) in the lukewarm water, with the gentle detergent and gently rub the items (sort of like you’re kneading bread), to remove all of the dirt and sweat.
Tip: for obvious reasons, if you’re washing multiple items, start with the lighter colours first.
Step two (2/2) - Leave the clothes to soak for 5-10 minutes.
Step three - Drain the water out of the basin, then refill it with clean water, repeat this process until no suds remain and the water runs completely clear. If initially colour bleeds out from your favourite cashmere or wool jumper, don’t fret, especially if this is the first time washing it.
Tip: avoid rinsing garments under running water as this can stretch the material.
Step four - Remove excess water. Do this by gently pressing the clothing against the side of the basin. Avoid wringing, as this can stretch or ruin the fibres.
(Not only is this guide suitable for cashmere, it’s also perfect for wool).
W A S H I N G H A C K S
The Baking Soda Technique
This is an extremely effective way to remove stubborn yellow or grey sweat marks. Before washing normally, apply a mixture of baking soda and lemon juice to the stain and leave for at least an hour.
Chalk + Baby Powder Trick
If normal detergent isn’t working on your grease stains try rubbing chalk or baby powder on the stain and leaving it for a few minutes. Repeat until the stain is gone.