Washing and handling natural fibres
Please handle fine textiles with the respect they deserve.
Please wash garments of organic cotton in the washing machine at 40 to 60 °C with ecological SONETT washing agent. Do not spin dry a garment made of organic cotton. Shape the garment into its form when damp and let dry on a clothesline. Iron from the reverse side, using the temperature for cotton.
Wool and Silk
The starting point in the care of Merino wool, silkwool, and silk garments is to understand that they do not need such frequent washing as cotton clothing. They do not become dirty as easily as some other materials; in fact they repel dirt.
Wool and silk like to be aired. They share the unique quality of renewal, they are capable of cleaning themselves with oxygen. When you have two sets of woollen or silk underwear in a daily wearing and airing routine, they stay hygienic and fit for use for several days, often even for 2 to 3 weeks without washing.
It is commonly thought that garments become clean only at high temperatures. From the point of hygiene, wool and silk do not require washing by boiling - indeed, that would spoil them. They are dirt-repellent and do not offer any culture medium for bacteria or spores.
It is important that you use a biological washing agent which enhances dirt removal, for example Eucalan Woolwash(for wool only), SONETT olive washing agent(for all fine fibres) or Gall Soap (for stains). Chemical detergents are harmful to wool and silk. In wool, they cause intertwining of fibres and felting. Silk does not felt, but the fibre does become hard.
It is recommended to wash woollen and silk garments by hand. Squeeze the garment lightly but avoid rubbing, rinse 2 to 3 times. If you use soap, it is advisable to add a drop of vinegar to the rinsing water to neutralise any lime remaining from the soap. Carefully squeeze the water out of the garment but avoid wringing, stretch the garment into its appropriate measurements lengthways. Spread it to dry but not in direct sunlight or close to an oven or other source of heat.
Our natural white woollen garments have not been non-felt processed. If you wish to wash them in a machine, you should prepare for shrinking by choosing a slightly larger size at the time of purchase. The garments of our Little Bear and FOREST collections tolerate machine washes well; please use a delicate wool wash programme. The garments shrink slightly in the first wash.
What about moths and fur beetles?
Moths and fur beetles which use wool as their source of nourishment are frequent visitors in urban conditions. Therefore, when you stop the frequent use of a woollen garment, keep it in a tightly closed bag. You can also deter moths and fur beetles by placing cedar rings in your wardrobe.