Resources on Garment Care

Resources on Garment Care

The art of garment care is quite nuanced and complex. The more we research about this topic, the more we realize it is virtually impossible to compile every related aspect/detail and condense it into a one-page guide. If we aim to come up with something truly comprehensive and in-depth, we'd better just go ahead and write a book...

Garment care is not only specific to the particular clothing item and its fabrics, it can also be a bit personal and subjective. At the end of the day, you get to decide how to take care of your friends in your closet. All we offer here should only be viewed as recommendations.

General Rules & Best Practices

Avoid excessive washing and drying. Only wash your clothes when it's necessary. The vast majority of our products are made from 100% natural fibers. The advantage is that our products are generally super soft, breathable, and comfortable to wear. Natural fibers are also hypoallergenic in general, so your skin won't feel irritated while wearing them.

However, the trade-off is that our products can be a bit more delicate and fragile, compared to the items you buy from many other brands. For example, our iconic Daydreamer sweaters are carefully knitted using thick 100% cotton threads. As a result, they make you feel very warm, and can give you the sensation of a friendly and loving hug on your body. Meanwhile, the thick cotton threads make the sweater incredibly breathable, so it feels as comfortable as wearing a cloud!

However, this means the Daydreamer sweaters may require a bit more extra care than usual. We recommend using the most gentle settings if you need to machine wash them. Use cold water. Wash them along with items of similar colors. Try to air dry instead of using the dryer. Do not bleach.

These are the most basic best practices for taking care of relatively delicate clothing items. In fact, we encourage you to take as much care as you possibly can to prolong the lifespan of the clothes you love.

Please be aware that the instructions on the washing tag are merely recommendations from the manufacturer based on the industry standard. Although it's generally safe to follow these instructions, it is always a good idea to err on the side of caution. For example, some washers/dryers can be tougher on clothes, even if you use the more gentle settings.

Additionally, in most cases, clothing items "age" with every wash. Cotton threads inevitably get "weakened" every time they are washed. The textures of corduroy inevitably become less "pronounced" as a result of washing and normal wearing. All of these are part of the natural aging process of all clothing items.

So what's our best garment care recommendation? Try not to get them dirty, so you never need to wash them! And, in our opinion, washing your clothes less frequently does not mean you have lower standards of personal hygiene :)

How To Care for Linen?

Linen may be an exception to the general rules mentioned above. Instead of being "weakened", linen may become softer and "better-looking" with every wash. According to a very informative article on LinenMe:

"It is a common misconception that linen needs specialist care. This couldn’t be further from the truth... 

Made from the fibres of the flax plant, linen has been cultivated and used as a textile for thousands of years, long before the existence of dry cleaners or fancy detergents. In fact, it is such a natural, simple fabric that caring for it is simple too...

Linen that has been correctly manufactured and treated can be machine or hand washed. It can even be tumble dried on low temperatures...

Wash linen on low temperatures in lukewarm or cold, and preferably soft, water. Use the gentle machine cycle and a mild detergent to protect the fibers...

Feel free to machine (tumble) dry your linen clothes or textile, as long as you stick to low temperatures. Remove from the dryer when still slightly damp to avoid the linen becoming stiff, and hang or lie flat to finish off the drying process...

There really is no need to iron linen garments, unless they have become really crushed. In fact, we love the inherent natural creases and crumples...

But if you love ironing, or have an item that really needs pressing, iron while the fabric is still damp. Use a medium-hot iron on the steam setting. White linen is better ironed on both sides, whilst dark linen should be pressed only on the reverse side...

Store your linens in a cool, dry place; avoid plastic bags, cardboard boxes and cedar chests. Linen has inbuilt insect-repellant properties so you should have nothing to fear from moths or other nibbling creatures..."

Read the full article here: https://www.linenme.com/news/how-to-care-for-linen-fabric/

However, according to our manufacturer, although our linen dresses (Glad I Found You dress) have been preshrunk, they can slightly shrink when machine washed due to the nature of the fabrics. Therefore, it is recommended to wash these linen dresses by hand if possible.

Please take both sides of the argument into consideration when deciding your personal approach to caring for linen. As you can see, there can be opposing opinions and approaches regarding garment care. We believe the best thing we can do is make you aware of these different perspectives, so you can make informed decisions for yourself.

 How To Care for Corduroy

According to Get Set Clean, these are the best ways to care for corduroy:

"1) Wash Inside-Out

Always wash your corduroy clothes inside-out. This will protect the fabric and also prevent the colors from fading.

2) Wash in Cold Water

If you want to keep your corduroy clothes looking new for long, always wash them in cold water. Washing your corduroys in warm or hot water will cause their colors to fade.

3) Wash With Mild Detergent

Corduroy clothes are soft and comfortable to wear. Therefore, when cleaning them, make sure you handle the material with care and wash them gently. Always use a mild detergent to maintain their softness and stop colors from bleeding. This will also prevent them from shrinking.

4) Wash Separately

Always wash your corduroy clothes separately. Washing them along with your regular clothes can ruin them or cause the colors to fade. You also run the risk of colors from other garments running on to your corduroy.

5) Iron on the Reverse Side

Because corduroy clothes are soft, you should always turn them inside-out before ironing them. Not doing this could lead to your corduroy clothes getting damaged.

6) Hand-Wash

Always wash your corduroy clothes by hand and dry them in the shade. Their colors can fade if you dry them in direct sunlight."

Read the article here: https://www.getsetclean.in/in/en/clothing-care/tips-to-maintain-corduroy-clothes.html

According to our manufacturer, it is okay to machine wash our corduroy products, but make sure to use the most gentle settings and cold water. If you use the dryer, it is recommended to take the garment out when it's still damp, and lay it flat to let it air dry.

How To Care for Cotton

A lot of the rules in the linen and corduroy sections are also applicable to cotton sweaters and other relatively delicate cotton items.

Generally speaking, it's almost always better to hand wash rather than machine wash the garment.

If you choose machine wash, use the most gentle settings and cold water. Use very mild detergent.

If you use the dryer, set the temperature to the lowest. Take out the garment when it's still damp, lay it flat and let it air dry. Avoid direct sunlight when drying.

Remember: cotton gets weaker with every wash. So what's the best recommendation? Avoid getting your clothes dirty, so you don't need to wash them!

*Disclaimer: we are not experts on garment care. This blog post is merely a compilation of the relatively good resources we found in our research. Take the information with a grain of salt, and make decisions for yourself.

Per our store policy, we are not responsible for damage to items caused by improper garment care. It is the customer's responsibility to take care of the garment based on available information.