I must admit I used to be quite careless with my clothes. I shall blame that on youthful ignorance. I have since matured and in particular since I opened our shop, my eyes have been opened to the fact that the better I look after my garments the longer they’ll keep and that must be good for the environment in some small way as well as my wallet.
My mother in law was always brilliant at keeping her clothing in immaculate condition. Her wardrobe was quite substantial to my daughters delight who could find garments from decades long gone that looked like they were purchased yesterday. I was always impressed with the fact that even her synthetic pieces seemed to keep their appearance. To me that’s a task not for the faint hearted. I of course have next to nothing ‘polyesterish’ or similar in my collection. However bamboo can also do with a little T L C. Here are my tips for prolonging the expiry date of your bamboo and natural fibres from the Greenroom.
Turn garment inside out. Machine wash in cold or luke warm water on a gentle cycle. I use Silk Wash or Wool Wash and both work fine. Wash with other soft garments or use a bag and stick to similar colours. You can give the bamboo load an extra spin if your machine permits such acts. Bamboo holds 3 times its’ own weight in water so the more you can get out the better. You can line dry but I prefer to hang on hangers. For large garments like maxi dresses you may want to dry it flat to begin with and hang it once half the water is out, just cause it can get heavy.
Always dry your garments out of the sun. According to Bamboo Body you can tumble dry on a cool setting. I don’t have a tumbler so I have no opinion in this matter. When you wear your bamboo, avoid rubbing the material against rough, hard or sharp surfaces.
Hemp and Cotton Blends
Both Cotton & Hemp are very hardy fibers and will handle the washing machine very well. Sometimes our hemp or cotton are blended with wool and in those cases we’ll have to consider that and stick to gentle machine wash in cold water or hand wash. Our knits prefer to be dried flat but in all honesty I rarely dry anything flat and so far have had no issues.
Once again Dry your clothes out of the sun. Neither cotton nor hemp is as good as bamboo at retaining its’ dye. Most of our labels use low impact dye and in particular the hemp labels are very committed to this. The more natural a dye is, the less it can handle the merciless Australian sun.
Silk is surprisingly easy to look after. You don’t need to wash silk very often. I have found the same with bamboo in particular but also the other natural fibers. If you have worn your silk a few times just hang it out to dry in the wind in a safe place where it can’t catch on anything. When it’s time to wash a gentle hand wash in cold water with a bit of shampoo, does the trick.
A couple of rinses then gently squeeze the water out, absolutely no wringing or twisting. Hang your garment on a hanger and let it drip dry inside somewhere. You most likely won’t need to iron it either. When you wear your silk, just be aware to not rub it against rough or abrasive surfaces. I am always careful with the seatbelt if driving.
These knits are soft and delicate. Please hand-wash in cool water. Use delicate detergents. Do not wring, twist or rub but gently squeeze water out and dry flat. When wearing your cashmere, avoid contact with sharp jewellery and rough surfaces.