A guide to caring for your knitted and woven textiles
It is important that everyone is aware of how to care for their garments to ensure high-quality, long-lasting garments that can be worn for years. This is one of the easiest ways to reduce the negative impact that the fashion and textiles industry has on the environment. We have put together a few top tips for caring for knitted and woven textiles so that your items can be used for a long time.
Please note that all items are made form a vast variety of fibres, we have out together a post that focuses on Wool. Many of the tips apply to other natural fibres but care instructions will vary for synthetic fibres.
- Hand wash gently or use a gentle cycle (or wool setting) if using a washing machine. Ensure that the water is luke warm.
- Investing in a specialist wash/detergent for wool and cashmere can improve the garments ‘lifetime’. Some also include ingredients that provide extra protection. The Clothes Doctor have an Eco wash for Cashmere and Wool which includes Cedarwood and orange oil to provide protection from Moths. Baby Shampoo could also be used as it has a gentle formula.
- Rub areas with dirt by hand but do not scrub. With knitwear, scrubbing can be used if a felting effect is desired.
- Rinse the textiles a few times to ensure all the detergent has been removed. DO NOT wring the fabric as this could cause damage or impact the shape.
- Lay flat on a towel or airer/clothes horse and gently move the item back to its original shape (particularly for knitwear). Woven items can be hung to dry but try to avoid direct sunlight as this could cause colour fading.
- Woven items can be hung; however, it is recommended that knitted items should be folded. Hanging knits can cause the shape to distort (especially with wool garments, and items that are not used often)
- Zip lock bags are a great way to protect your textiles from dirt and moths, particularly great for items that are not used often or are stored away during the year.
- For knitwear, invest in a cashmere/pilling comb. These gently remove pilling helping your items look newer and help them last longer
- Repair holes or tears using darning or visible mending techniques. If the hole it too large, try adding patches or upcycle the item! For visible mending, Flora Collingwood-Norris has a great book that guides you through the techniques for knitwear.
Do you have any other top tips for caring for your textiles? Let us know and we will add them to this post, we want to ensure that everyone knows how to care for their items to ensure longevity and less waste!
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