Washing is an important step in the proper care of linen. First, it is important to respect the indications mentioned on the labels.
Washing at low temperature (30°C) is sufficient for almost all clothes, sort white, coloured, delicate and woolen laundry before putting them in the washing machine, put fragile items, tights and lingerie, in a washing net or a pillowcase to protect them , place new clothes separately from the rest of the laundry, pre-treat the tasks for more efficiency and fill the machine correctly.
For your clothes to last over time, they must be optimally dried. Favor drying in the open air to maintain a good quality of fabric and for the sake of the environment, hanging out your clothes as soon as the wash cycle is over considerably reduces the wrinkling of textiles, bringing together pieces requiring the same drying time in the same cycle to avoid over-drying them, avoid direct sunlight, do not put delicate clothes in the dryer. To keep items with elastic materials longer, jeans, lingerie, viscose tops, it is important not to put them in the dryer.
Linen should be ironed while still damp for efficiency and to protect the fabric.
KNOW THE MEANING OF THE PICTOGRAMS
Washing so-called “natural” materials
These are fibers from plants or animals. These are more durable, resistant, breathable, odor-resistant and easy-care materials.
Bamboo : wash in cold water and dry at low temperature.
Hemp : wash in cold water and dry at low temperature.
Cotton : hand or machine wash in cold water (30°C), air dry flat and steam iron inside out.
Wool : wash woolen clothes only if necessary, hand wash in cold water or machine wash (wool program). To spin, wrap the garment in a towel, gently squeeze the water out, and let it air dry flat.
Linen : machine wash in warm or hot water (30°C), air dry on a hanger and iron at high temperature.
Silk : wash in cold water by hand or in the washing machine (delicate cycle) and wrap the garment in a towel to bring out the water (do not twist so as not to break the fiber) and air dry on a hanger.
Cashmere : hand wash in cold water or machine wash (wool program). To spin, wrap the garment in a towel, gently squeeze the water out, and let it air dry flat.
Washing of so-called “synthetic” materials:
These are chemically manufactured fibers that were invented for their properties of elasticity, impermeability and lightness.
Acrylic : machine wash in warm water (30°C), dry at low temperature and iron at low temperature.
Nylon : Hand or machine wash in cold water and air dry.
Polyester : machine wash (40°C), drying possible at low temperature.
Lace : machine wash (delicate cycle), air dry, tumble dry prohibited.
Washing of so-called “artificial” materials:
Artificial fibers come from nature (often wood cellulose) and are chemically treated. They give fluidity, shine and are wrinkle-resistant.
Lyocell (Tencel) : machine wash (gentle cycle) and tumble dry low.
Modal : machine wash (delicate cycle) and tumble dry low.
Viscose : hand or machine wash in cold water (gentle cycle), always wash inside out and air dry.