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Textile Storage (June 2019).


Even knitted favorite pieces and even the most common pieces from our wardrobes want to be cherished and maintained. In return, you accompany us faithfully through our daily lives. Especially with favorite pieces the right textile cleaning is the alpha and omega, so they promise us a particularly long wearing pleasure.

Often the challenge is to even know what the optimal care looks like. Can the new cardigan be put into the washing machine, or is the painstaking hand washing better? Can my thick wool sweater after washing in the drum dryer or not? And which detergent is best? We've put together a few washing tips and tricks to help you get your clothes clean at home professionally.

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Tips for angora, mohair, alpaca wool and cashmere

Generally speaking for wool: it is sensitive. For clothes made of (proportionally) genuine wool, you should therefore follow some washing and care rules.

  1. Use wool detergent
    Always use a special wool detergent, both hand and machine wash. When using conventional color and heavy duty detergents, there is a risk that your knitwear may lose shape, warp or matt as these detergents are designed to be more robust.
  2. Bye, softener!
    Do not use softener! Wool clothing is characterized by fine hairs that interlock to give the garment its shape. By fabric softener the hairs stick together, and the structure of the knitting piece is destroyed.
  3. Choose a low spin at machine wash
    Wool has a very fine structure and is particularly sensitive when wet. Due to excessive mechanical influence, it can quickly felt or shrink. So make sure that you wash your garments very gently at the lowest spin. Turn the clothes as well on the left.
  4. Take care when washing hands
    Hand wash is usually considered the gentlest way to wash wool pieces. However, many mistakes can be made, for example, by unnecessarily straining the knit by overly rubbing. Also, the wool should be wrung in no case! In addition, the water should not be too hot, but rather lukewarm. We recommend, if possible, to wash your favorite piece in the hand or wool cycle in the machine and to resort to hand washing only in an emergency. Again, wool detergent should be used.
  5. Tips for drying and ironing
    In most cases, wool parts must not be dried in a drum dryer. Also forbidden: hang the piece of knitting on a hanger to dry after washing! As a result, the structure is distorted and the wool can become veiled. Instead lay your part flat on a clothes horse or a towel and never on the heater. Wool, if allowed, always iron at low temperature. In most cases, the clothes should not be ironed at all. However, if you have laid your knitting flat to dry, it should remain largely wrinkle free.

Tips for down

When it gets colder in the winter, we quickly unpack the down jackets. It quickly becomes apparent that they could actually take a thorough wash. But how does that work?
First you should close all zippers of your piece and open or loosen buttons and Velcro closures and Schnurzüge.
Down can be gently washed at a maximum of 30 degrees in the machine. It is best to adjust the fine or wool wash cycle. It is essential to use a special down detergent and to dispense with softener.
You should absolutely dry down in the dryer, as drying in air takes several days and there is a risk of mold. Make sure that the temperature of the dryer is set to a maximum of 30 degrees and then shake your pieces well. Extra tip: Put 2-3 tennis balls in the dryer. These distribute the down evenly and prevent unsightly stowing and clumping.

Tips for Microfiber Products

Potholders, towels, bed linen - Microfibre is almost indispensable in our everyday lives. The textiles are characterized by a very strong suction power, which allows them to absorb a lot of water without feeling wet. When cleaning you should be careful not to use fabric softener. As a result, the fibers stick together, and the useful effect is lost.

Look at the care symbol on your product for washing instructions. If nothing is stated, wash at low temperatures in the gentle cycle. To dry, simply hang up the pieces. This keeps them free of creases, and if you want to iron them, always do it on the left and at low temperature.

Tips for silk

Hardly any material is so elegant and shimmers as gorgeous as silk. The disadvantage: it is very sensitive and should therefore only be washed by hand. Be sure to use a special silk shampoo and avoid wringing out the garment. After washing, you should rinse the silk again with cold water and then lay flat to dry. If you do not want to do without ironing, do it only on the left and at low temperature.

Tips for cotton

Cotton is contained in many garments and fortunately easy to care for. It can be washed at up to 60 degrees. Take the information on the care label of your clothing into account. For white laundry is recommended a heavy duty detergent, colored laundry should be cleaned with a mild detergent or a detergent without brightener. Cotton can usually be treated in a dryer. Ironing on the left is best.

Tips for linen

Linen can always be washed with a mild detergent at up to 40 degrees in a gentle cycle in the machine - unless the wash symbol says otherwise. Be sure to stretch your garments after washing and then hang them up. Since linen wrinkles very strong, ironing is usually unavoidable. Turn the parts to the left and moisten them beforehand.

Tips for viscose

The softness, the silk character and an optimal nestling make viscose a very popular textile. Unless otherwise stated in the care instructions, viscose may be washed in a gentle cycle on the machine. Use a mild detergent. You should only spin viscose gently and then hang it up wet. Never put in the dryer! If your garment warps on drying, lightly moisten it and then gently iron it.

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