Washing Constructions

Keeping your clothes pristine for long time starts with taking proper care of them. But which treatment applies to your favourite one-of-a-kind? We love to share our washing and maintenance tips with you. Warning: information on this page is merely advice. Seeing how every washing machine is different and has their own washing programme, we can’t be held accountable for washing mistakes and/or damage that results from following the advice below. Importantly: never wash your beautiful clothes too many times.


STEP ONE

Before your wash your item of clothing, it’s important to properly read the care label. You can find it on the inside of the item of clothing. There are so many care labels that you may not know exactly what each label means. This is why we will give you an overview at the end of this page.

STEP TWO

When you know how to treat your item, you can get started. Here’s some important information before you start.

Colours
It’s essential to wash coloured clothes and white clothes separately. If you wash coloured clothes together with black ones, there’s a big chance that your coloured clothes will get a grey glow. So always make sure you have three separate groups: white laundry, coloured laundry and black laundry.
Vinegar
Do you want to preserve the colour? Then wash your pants or dress with a dash of (laundry) vinegar, which helps preserving the colour of the product. It’s also advised to wash your items inside-out.
Materials
Lastly, the method of washing clothes depends on the type of fabric that the item of clothing is made of. We hereby provide an explanation of the materials and corresponding laundry methods, from A to Z.

Materials

  • Acetate/Triacetate

    You can wash your item by hand or in the washing machine up to 30 degrees. Always check the care label. You don’t need to iron it. Should you want to iron it, do this at a low temperature.

  • Acrylic

    This material can be washed at a low temperature, preferably no higher than 30 degrees. Lay the product down to dry. We do not recommend ironing these products and if you do, iron them at as low a temperature as possible. Was your acrylic too hot? Then it loses its elasticity.

  • Fur

    Fur requires special treatment. We recommend you let your fur clothing be cleaned by a specialist.

  • Denim

    Don’t wash your denim items too often and when you wash it, do this at a low temperature while turning them inside-out. Then lay the product flat to dry. Washing it often reduces the quality of the item.

  • Elastane (Spandex)

    Products of this material are best washed according to the washing instructions of other fibres, seeing how clothing often only has a minimal amount of elastane.

  • Cashmere

    Cashmere clothing should be carefully washed by hand and not in the washing machine. This fabric is very sensitive and easily shrinks. Once you have washed the product, it’s recommended to roll it in a towel to dry, then repeat it with another towel and then lay it flat to dry.

  • Cotton

    The fabric tends to shrink in the laundry. Therefore, don’t wash your cotton items at a temperature higher than 30 degrees. Wash new products separately. Cotton tends to leak while washing it. You can iron cotton while moist at up to 200 degrees.

  • Imitation leather/Polyurethane

    This product requires little maintenance and is easy to clean. You can wash it by hand with lukewarm water.

  • Leather and Suede

    Impregnate your leather items before wearing them to protect them against dirt and moisture. Regularly maintain your product to keep it beautiful and smooth. Don’t dry these products near a source of heat, because this will cause the leather to tear.

  • Linen

    Preferably don’t wash the item at a temperature higher than 30 degrees because this fabric easily shrinks. Linen is a rapidly drying fabric, but can also be ironed if necessary.

  • Polyamide/Nylon

    We do not recommend washing your nylon products at a temperature higher than 30 degrees. You can iron them at a low temperature. You don’t need to put products of this material in the dryer as it dries rapidly.

  • Polyester

    This fabric can be washed at a temperature of up to 50 degrees. We recommend washing the clothes inside-out to avoid lint. You usually don’t need to iron these products.

  • Satin

    You can was your item of clothing at 40 degrees. Then dry the product in a dryer to get the best results. Do not let the item dry while severely wet as it decreases the quality.

  • Viscose

    You can wash products at a low temperature as the fabric shrinks easily. Separate the clothes when washing them for the first time to prevent discolouration. We do not recommend putting products with viscose in the dryer. Let them dry in open air. The fabric easily wrinkles and can therefore be ironed.

  • Wool

    Wool needs to be washed very carefully. This material may shrink in the laundry. Therefore, wash your woollen items either by hand with cold water or take them to the cleaner’s. Be careful when drying wool. Lay the clothes flat on, for example, a towel. Do you hang the item out to dry or wring it dry? It will lose its shape.

  • Silk

    Preferably wash your silk clothes by hand without spin drying them. The fabric is very vulnerable. We recommend you to wash it separately, especially during the first few times washing the item. Let the product dry on a shaded surface.

COMMON ISSUES

Lint

Lint develops during the wearing and washing of clothes due to the fabric rubbing together. This happens with clothing made of woolly, voluminous fabric. It has nothing to do with quality. How to treat it? You can maintain your clothes with a depiller or lint brush. How to prevent lint? Wash your clothing at wool was hand don’t put it together with sharp objects. Use water of up to 30 degrees and let the item dry on a flat surface and never put it in the dryer.

Discolouration

When your clothing emerges from the laundry discoloured, it sadly can’t be helped anymore. These items have been washed at too hot a temperature.  How do you prevent discolouration? First make sure your laundry is properly divided. Colour with colour and white with white. Don’t use a washing programme that’s too hot and do wash your clothes inside-out. Additionally, we recommend using clothes vinegar and colour catcher clothes.

Shrunk

Everyone’s nightmare. Your clothing came out of the laundry and it shrank. Unfortunately, this cannot be reversed. The clothing has been washed at too hot a temperature. How do you prevent shrinking? It’s recommended never wash your cloths at too hot a temperature, too long or put them in a dryer that’s too hot. Always read the care labels and preferably never wash at a temperature higher than 30 degrees.

Lost shape/stretched

Did your clothing stretch after washing? This sadly can’t be repaired. The item of clothing has been washed at too hot a temperature or hung out to dry while still too wet. This damaged and stretched the fibres and they sadly can’t be returned to their original form. How do you prevent your clothes from losing their shape? Always properly read the care labels. They show how to dry the item. When drying wool sweaters, for example, it’s recommended to dry them flat on a towel. Hang them out to dry and the sweater will stretch due to the weight.

Feathers in down jackets

It’s common with coats that are lined with down, especially in the beginning, to have some feathers coming through the fabric. In combination with heat and friction, feathers can easily ‘poke’ through the material. You should be able to either push these feathers back in or remove them. This, as well as wearing your jacket, should stop them coming out. The feathers will then ‘set’.