Fabric & Care


WOOL CARE TIPS

Allow 24 hours before wearing a wool garment again. The natural resiliency of wool fabric will allow wrinkles to fall out and the original shape to bounce back. Soil and dust can be removed from wool fabric.  Restore using a damp cloth instead of a brush. If your coat gets damp, hang it out of direct sunlight. Be sure to use a damp cloth after it is dry. "Dry Clean Only" Take the garment to a professional dry cleaner for the best results.

REMOVING STAINS FROM WOOL FABRIC

Try to treat stains immediately to prevent them from setting into the fabric. With a clean white cloth, blot to remove as much of the stain as possible. Do NOT rub. Take coats with stubborn stains to the dry cleaner as soon as possible. This includes stains caused by paint, dyes, nail polish, etc.

Have a bottle of stain or spot removal solution on hand for oil based stains such as oil, make-up, or chocolate. Make sure that the product you use is safe for wool fabric. Test the solution on an inconspicuous area before using on the stain. Be sure to remove stains before pressing. Heat can cause stains to set in wool fabric.

IRONING WOOL FABRIC

Set iron for WOOL setting.
Add water to the iron. Always use steam heat when pressing. Never iron wool fabric dry.
Squeeze gently to remove excess water. Do NOT wring the garment.
Press coat on the inside of the garment to avoid surface shine.
Use a pressing cloth when top pressing. A clean white handkerchief or cotton cloth may also be used.

When pressing napped fabrics, place a piece of the same fabric or a thick terry cloth towel on the ironing board to prevent crushing. If napped wool fabric is slightly scorched when pressing, rub lightly with an emery board. A diluted solution of hydrogen peroxide may be used for a more severe scorch. Be sure to test on a hidden area first.

Shine created by pressing may be reduced by sponging white vinegar on surface of wool garment. Rinse thoroughly. Some recommended notions for someone with a lot of wool to press are a steam iron, a tailor's ham for pressing curved areas such as collars and lapels, a seam roll for pressing seams open without making a visible seam edge, a point presser for hard-to-reach places, and a press cloth.

WOOL COAT STORAGE

To prevent the invasion of the clothes moth, brush wool with a fabric brush before storing. Clean the coat. Food stains and body oils attract moths. Dry cleaning or laundering kills moth eggs and larvae. Store cleaned wool coat in airtight bags or containers with tight-fitting lids. When folding, add white tissue paper between folds to prevent wrinkling. Add mothballs to the container. Do NOT put them directly on the fabric. Hang them in small loosely woven cloth bags near the fabric. Clothing will need to be aired out after removing from storage to remove the mothball odor.

    

TIPS ON TAKING CARE OF OUR COTTON SHOW SHIRTS

Tip 1: Easy care for no wrinkles
Take the shirts out of the dryer before they are fully dry and hang them or lay them flat. Gravity and the heat from the dryer make the fabric look good, without wrinkles. This also prevents the fabric from becoming too brittle from too much heat (cotton starts to become more brittle when it is dry and has a temperature of more than 77 degrees F).

Tip 2: Keep fabric soft and absorbent
If you want to keep the softness and absorbency of our shirts, do not use fabric softener. It puts a coating on the cotton that presses down the fibers and prevents them from absorbing moisture (i.e. sweat).

Tip 3: Keep fabric soft and irritant-free
When washing cotton knit fabrics, be careful about which detergent is used how much is used, and complete rinsing. Detergents like Tide have fragrances and chemicals that can be irritating to skin. If you use it, make sure that it gets completely rinsed out of the fabric. People with sensitive skin should use an appropriate biodegradable detergent that is non-irritating. If too much detergent is used, it is harsh to the fabric and it is hard to rinse out completely. The extra chemicals and soap cause the fabric to be less soft and more irritating.

Tip 4: Sweaty shirts should be dried out or washed soon
When a shirt is wet, it starts to grow mold. The mold is damaging to the cotton fibers and can cause spots. Depending on the temperature, mold damage could start in 8 - 12 hours.