Always follow the instructions on your garment’s care tag as it will give information specific to that piece. However, if your item does not have a care tag, the following information might be useful for you.
Cotton is a natural fabric, derived from the cotton plant. What starts as a ball of fluff is spun into what is one of the most commonly used natural fibers in the world.
You can wash cotton in a washing machine on normal cycle at warm temperature. Be sure to separate colors before washing as some dyes can bleed into each other, especially on the first wash. Tumble dry on medium to high or hang up to dry (this will reduce risk of shrinking). Do not bleach cotton unless the garment is pure white in color.
Linen is a natural fabric as well, made from the flax plant. Though labor intensive, the resulting fabric is extremely light and breathable which makes it ideal for hot weather. Washing can be done at warm temperatures, but separate colors beforehand as dyes may bleed into other garments. Because linen is extremely sensitive to wrinkles, it should be tumble dried on low or hung out to dry.
Cashmere, Wool, Mohair, Angora
Wool is a natural fiber produced by sheep, goats, llamas, alpacas and more. Cashmere, angora, mohair, merino, etc. are different types of wool based on the animal it was derived from.
We strongly recommend to dry clean your wool garments, if it is impossible wash your wool piece in machine wash cold, or hand wash in cold water and lay flat to dry away from direct sunlight. We do not advise throwing any of your wool garments in the dryer. The heat from the dryer can shrink the fibers and change the shape of the garment. Do not hang dry wool, doing so may reshape or stretch the garment. If the garment is in need of relief of its wrinkles, gently steam it and never iron.
Silk & Silk Blends (50% or more silk)
Silk is a natural fiber that is most commonly derived from the cocoon of the mulberry silk worm. It is best known for its luster, drapability and delicate hand-feel. It is a beautiful, high-end fabric often used in luxury garments and should be treated with very delicate care.
Silk should be dry cleaned only, but if you have a stubborn stain, we recommend you wash it by hand. To do this, let the silk soak in a large basin of cold water and use a delicate stain removing detergent directly on the stain. Allow to soak for 30 minutes maximum, then run room temperature water through it until the soap has run off. Never wring out or twist the silk. Instead, press off the excess water with a towel and lay it out to dry away from sunlight. Never iron silk, instead steam it to relax any wrinkles.
Acrylic fabric is made from a synthetic polymer fiber that is designed to feel like wool, but lacks the pesky itchy feeling of some natural wools. Acrylic is a more lightweight alternative and comparably soft to the touch.
Take caution: this fabric can easily become misshapen. Machine wash your acrylic garment in cold water and allow to air dry or dry clean. If necessary, iron on medium heat and never bleach.
Polyester is a synthetic material that acts similar to cotton but is even more durable, resists wrinkles, and will not shrink. It is also water resistant and quick to dry. Polyester can be used to imitate the finish of other natural fibers.
Wash polyester the same way you would wash cotton. If slightly wrinkled, steam them out or press on low to medium heat.
Viscose, also known as Rayon or Modal, is made from a semi-synthetic fiber and is a soft, highly versatile material. This fabric is comparable to silk because of its high luster and drapability, but without the high price tag. Viscose loses its strength when wet so be extra careful when washing. You can machine wash viscose on cold delicate cycle in a mesh laundry bag or hand wash in cold water. Lay flat and allow to air dry or dry clean. Never bleach and iron at low heat.
Spandex is by far the most elastic of the fibers. It is commonly used in active-wear but is often blended with other fibers to provide stretch in garments. A garment will never be made of 100% spandex, rather they will be mixed (with fibers like cotton or polyester) and comprise only 2-12% of the material. Because of this, spandex can be machine washed and tumble dried safely, unless otherwise stated on the care instructions.