Guide to Washing Fabrics

Washing fabrics is an essential skill to ensure that clothing and other textile products look fresh and clean while preserving their lifespan. However, not all fabrics can be washed in the same way. In this article, we share useful tips and guidelines for washing different types of fabrics.

Before washing a new fabric, it is crucial to carefully read the washing instructions. Here, you will find information on specific washing guidelines and any restrictions, such as maximum wash temperatures or special treatments. Following these instructions helps prevent damage to the fabric.

Cotton is one of the most common fabrics and fortunately, one of the easiest to maintain. Most cotton fabrics can be machine-washed using a regular cycle and a suitable detergent. It is recommended to wash colors separately to prevent color bleeding. Dry cotton preferably at a low temperature to prevent shrinkage.

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Wool fabrics require a bit more care. In most cases, wool should be hand-washed in cold water with a mild wool detergent. Avoid rubbing or wringing the fabric to prevent felting. After washing, wool should be laid flat to dry, away from direct sunlight.

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Silk is a delicate fabric that requires caution when washing. Hand wash in cold water with a mild detergent suitable for silk. Avoid strong friction and wringing. Let silk fabrics dry flat, away from direct sunlight.

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Viscose, Tencel, and Bamboo
Natural artificial silk fabrics like viscose, Tencel, and bamboo also require special care when washing. Although considered natural fibers, they have a delicate nature similar to silk. It is advisable to hand wash these fabrics in cold water with a mild detergent suitable for delicate fabrics. Prefer machine washing? Do it at 30 degrees. Avoid wringing or squeezing the fabric to prevent damage. Drying viscose, Tencel, and bamboo should be done lying flat, preferably on a drying rack or towel, away from direct sunlight. This careful treatment helps maintain the texture and sheen of artificial silk fabrics, contributing to the longer lifespan of garments made from these beautiful materials.

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Synthetic Fabrics
Synthetic fabrics, such as polyester and nylon, can usually be safely machine-washed. Use a mild detergent and choose a delicate or synthetic fabric cycle. Wash synthetic fabrics at lower temperatures to prevent shrinking and hang them up or lay them flat to dry.

Special Treatments
Some fabrics require special treatments, such as delicate embroidery or fabrics with sequins or beads. For these fabrics, hand washing is often the best option. If possible, consult a professional dry cleaner for advice on cleaning these fabrics.

In conclusion, washing fabrics is not a one-size-fits-all approach. Different fabrics require different care and attention. On the attached label, we always provide the washing instructions.

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