Lingerie Care & Cleaning
posted: 02/09/2010 11:15 am
Delicate garments, especially silk, require a bit of extra care when cleaning. This isn't difficult or time-consuming, and will help keep your garment looking great for longer.
Here are some tips:
A. Please read carefully all manufacturer's tags and accompanying instructions related to care and cleaning of your garment.
B. In general, any garment labeled "washable" should be hand-washed gently in cold water with a mild, non-alkaline, fabric-friendly soap (baby shampoo, Maggie's Soap Nuts or Dr. Bronner's Baby Mild Castile Soap will work). You should not use Woolite.
C. To hand-wash:
- Add a small amount of soap to a sink/basin of cold water, then gently swish the garment around. There is no need to scrub or agitiate the garment--too much friction can damage the material.
- Let the garment soak for 2-3 minutes, but don't leave it in the water for too long.
- Rinse the garment with cold water until all the soap is gone.
- To help remove all the soap, you can add a splash of plain white vinegar to the rinsing water (if you do, be sure to rinse again with pure water). Vinegar can also keep silk from yellowing.
- Some people like to add a drop of mild hair conditioner to the rinsing water to soften the garment.
D. To remove excess water, lay garment on a towel and then gently roll up the towel. It will absorb the water from the garment. Do not wring dry.
E. To dry your garment, either lay it flat or hang it up on a plastic (not wire or wood) hanger. Silk will keep its shape when hung. High heat and sunlight can damage your garment. Do not dry on a radiator or in direct sunlight.
F. To remove wrinkles, hang garment in the bathroom while you take a hot, steamy shower. The humidity will remove the wrinkles. Do not iron your lingerie.
G. We have found that even those garments labeled "machine-washable" should be hand-washed--they will last much longer. However, if you choose to machine-wash, put lingerie in a mesh garment bag first to protect it. Wash on Delicate Cycle and use a very mild detergent. Do NOT machine dry (if you absolutely must, use only the heat-free "fluff" setting).
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