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When we treat ourselves to a new top or dress, we want it to have a good lifespan – for both our own and the environment’s sake. Certain fabrics have specific wash requirements and need a little more consideration. We always recommend following the instructions on the item’s label, but here are our top tips for keeping your clothes looking their best.

Viscose.

An artificial fibre from cellulose, Viscose is a fabric that can easily become misshapen when it’s wet. This can be fixed by reshaping and ironing with a steam iron while the item is still damp.

HOW TO WASH:

Wash it on a gentle wash cycle - usually 40° 2 bar (wool wash) cycle - to avoid shrinkage.

Polyester.

Polyester is a synthetic material and strong fibre that’s resistant to stretching, shrinking and wrinkles. Often it doesn’t need ironing after washing, but in cases when it does, ensure you use a low-temperature iron.

HOW TO WASH:

Most polyesters can be machine washed on a warm setting, but always check the label as sometimes a wool wash is needed. Polyester can also be tumble-dried on a cool setting and won’t shrink.

Cashmere.

Cashmere is one of the softest natural fibres, but it can also be prone to pilling (those annoying little bobbles). These can easily be removed using a knitwear comb. Cashmere should be stored in a flat and clean place alongside mothballs or cedar wood balls to deter creepy crawlies.

HOW TO WASH:

Cashmere needs to be washed by hand or dry cleaned. If washing by hand, ensure specialist detergent is used and that you handle it with care, making sure not to wring or twist. To dry, lay your cashmere flat on a towel and reshape gently if needed. A towel can also be rolled over it to gently squeeze any excess water out of the garment.

Knitwear.

Much like cashmere, due to the softness of some knitwear yarns, they can be prone to pilling - little bobbles that can be removed with a knitwear comb. To make sure your woollies keep their shape, don’t hang them up, store them flat.

HOW TO WASH:

Knitwear differs from garment to garment. Often, we find that airing woollens is enough and would recommend handwashing whenever possible. If machine washable, your knitwear should be put on a gentle cycle (40° wool cycle) with a detergent for delicates.

Silk or Silk Blends.

Delicate by name, delicate by nature, silk or silk blend fabrics need to be treated with care as they can stretch and lose their shape while wet.

HOW TO WASH:

Always handwash or take them to a dry cleaner. If washing by hand, you must use a specialist detergent and handle the garment with care – do not wring or twist – to ensure it retains its shape.

Linen or Linen Blends.

As a natural material, linen or linen mix fabrics can get misshapen when they’re wet and are sometimes prone to creasing so don’t forget the travel iron.

HOW TO WASH:

Linen or linen mix should be washed on a gentle 40° cycle (wool wash). When dry, press the piece with a hot steam iron on the reverse side to keep it looking tidy.

Leather or Suede.

Everyone has a leather or suede jacket sitting in their wardrobe that they don’t know how to clean. Specialist garments like these require specialist dry cleaning.

HOW TO WASH:

Always take to a leather or suede specialist. However, light marks or stains can be gently wiped clean using a damp cloth. If your garment gets wet in an unexpected downpour, leave to dry at room temp. Do not dry with direct heat such as a hair dryer or radiator as this will damage it.

Embellished Garments.

Embellishments? You fancy. Whether it’s gems or sequins, make sure it doesn’t get damaged by always taking care to avoid snagging when wearing it with a watch or bag.

HOW TO WASH:

Embellished garments need to be handwashed inside out to avoid damage to the design. Ironing should also be carried out on the reverse of the fabric.

Swimwear.

Unfortunately, swimwear fabrics may fade in light and chlorinated water, but there are steps we can take to reduce this. One is always allowing your swimwear to dry naturally as using heat or direct sunlight can cause fading or the breakdown of its elastic.

HOW TO WASH:

Ensure your swimwear is rinsed in clean water after every wear - even if it was just a quick dip - to remove the chlorine and help reduce fading. The use of washing machines and driers is not recommended - handwash with a mild soap instead.