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Prewash Talk

  • Prewashing and dry cleaning natural fibres safeguards against any shrinkage in a completed garment.
  • Prewash the same way you’ll wash your completed garment.
  • Natural fibres may shrink up to 10%. Pattern instructions don’t allow for this, so add it to your required fabric length.
  • Shrinkage occurs mostly along the length (weft).
  • Because knits have more movement in their structure they can shrink more.
  • To avoid misshapen stretching, it’s advisable to dry fabrics flat - especially knits.
  • Draping fabric to dry over a clothes horse, chair, railing or anything that pokes the fabric, is a no.
  • Obvious, but easily overlooked, wash lights, whites, darks and brights separately in the first couple of washes.

Ponte Merino
Hand wash or machine wash on a gentle wool cycle. Use a wool detergent. Some use baby shampoo. Do a test strip to see if what’s good for baby is good for your prized fabric. Boiled merino should only be dry cleaned or hand washed.

Wool
Dry clean only, steam when pressing (up and down motions avoids stretching). A Rajah or pressing cloth prevents marking. Surface muck (eg. food spillages) can be brushed off.

Silk
Dry clean only. Or at your own risk, hand wash, lightly swishing, using silk detergent or a Ph neutral detergent. Do not bleach nor tumble dry. Drip dry flat on a towel in shade. Wringing damages the silk. Use a warm iron.

Cotton
Machine wash, tumble dry, hot/warm iron. Can be dry cleaned. Cold hand wash or dry clean fancy weaves or embroidered cottons. Whites are bleachable.

Linen
Dry clean for colour integrity. Do not machine wash. Hand wash. Dry coloured linens in shade (sunlight fades). Hot/warm iron. Linens soften after washing.

Rayon/Viscose
Dry cleanable, cool machine wash or hand wash. No wringing. Iron on reverse side.

Velvets & Jacquards
Dry clean only.

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