Take these steps to care for delicate fabrics such as lace:
Care Advice by Fabric Type
Cotton is soft, cool and comfortable.
- Wash in cold water as warm water can shrink cotton garments.
- It has a tendancy to wrinkle so use a hot steam iron before wearing.
- Wool is perfect for winter as it retains heat whilst allowing your skin to breathe.
- Wash wool in cold water to preserve thread quality in the fabric. Wool should not be washed regularly but as close to once a season is best.
- Do not hang to dry as your garment will loose its shape, but rather lay it flat.
- Do not heat to dry as your garment may shrink.
- Do not iron wool. You can however use steam on the under side of the fabric.
- Wash denim before wearing.
- To avoid shrinking denim, wash in cold water and use low heat if drying.
- The shrinking properties of cotton allow you to wash denim once worn to get the original shape back.
- Polyester is durable, strong, and resistant to creasing.
- Wash in cold or warm water, and use a fabric softener.
- It's sensitive to heat so use iron at a low temperature inside out, with no steam.
- Some garments with Polyester may be "dry clean only", make sure you check the manufacturer's label to find out if your garment is.
- Elastane won't shrink as it can stretch and spring back to its original shape.
Elastane is often blended with another fabric like denim or cotton to add a bit of stretch to otherwise stiff fabrics.
- You can generally use a cold or lukewarm machine wash. Be sure to use a cool iron though.
- Hang to dry.
- Acrylic is a great alternative to wool as it's easier to wash and dry.
- Acrylic can be machine washed in warm water and placed in a dryer at a low temperature.
- To keep soft and fresh add a fabric softener.
- It can be dry cleaned and also ironed at a low temperature.
- Nylon is a durable, strong, and light weight fabric. Wash nylon in cold or warm water.
- Nylon is resistant to creasing and does not fade. However if you need to iron nylon, use the iron at a low temperature with no steam.
- Iron the fabric inside out as nylon is sensitive to heat.
- Viscose breathes like cotton and has a soft luxurious feel.
- It may wrinkle easily depending on the fabric blend, so iron on low heat.
- Try to avoid pegging viscose on the clothes line as the pegs can leave indents when fabric is wet.
- Rayon has some qualities of cotton. Some garments will be 'dry clean only'.
- Check the label to see if yours is. Hand wash or machine wash in luke warm or cool water.
- Do not tumble dry, instead dry flat as rayon may stretch when wet.. Press with iron at a cool temperature, with no steam.
- Do not wring or twist dry.
- Silk is elegant and stylish for evening wear, special occasions or luxurious sleepwear.
- Silk should be dry cleaned only. However, if you must wash silk, it should be handwashed with a suitable delicate soap to help the garment retain it's shape.
- Avoid wringing, spin drying and tumble drying silk.
- Acetate is a robust fabric with the lavish look of silk. It should only be hand washed with warm water.
- It's fast drying and resistant to shrinking, but do not tumble dry. It can melt under heat or from chemicals in nail polish and nail polish remover.
- Don't soak, twist or wring dry acetate.
- Use a cool iron, and place a light cloth between iron and garment.
- Linen remains cool and light, so it's perfect for warmer weather.
- Washing by hand in cold water is best and avoid tumble drying. Linen can easily crease so use a hot iron on your garment before folding or hanging up.
- Linen is resistant to rubbing and it's durability means it should last long.
- Wipe surface clean with a damp cloth.
- Wipe dry.
- Dry clean only with a specialist leather drycleaner.
- Wipe surface clean with damp cloth.
- Do not wash. Allow to dry. Keep away from direct heat.
- Do not tumble dry.
- Do not dryclean.