Taking care of embroidered beaded and hand made garment

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Garment Care

To start with, read the garment label and if the label says 'Dry Clean' only or/and the garment includes embellishments such as beads and sequins we strongly advise to discuss with the dry cleaner what type of cleaning/solvents should be used as some chemicals may damage or melt the delicate trim.
Silk, Satin and Rayon Products should generally be professionally spot cleaned / dry-cleaned unless advised differently on the care label - Please discuss the treatment with the dry cleaner to make sure that treatment selected will be safe for your garments

Important: Dry cleaning customers should take their garments out of the plastic bags and air their garments when they get it back as one of the most common type of solvent used (perchloroethylene) is a chemical compound and is considered hazardous and inhaling its vapors in high concentration (specially in a closed, poor ventilated areas) can cause dizziness, headache, sleepiness, nausea, and possibly even unconsciousness and death. Also the drycleaner bags are said to trap odors and mildew and the plastic attracts dust). Therefore it is a good idea to store out of season hanging clothes in cloth bags

'Hand Washable' garments

Hand wash in cold water separately using laundry soap or a detergent without enzymes. Use a gentle plunging action and avoid rubbing. We strongly advise to test for colorfastness before you wash the garments (please read' Testing for colourfastness' below)

Do not soak, twist or wring
 
Do not tumble dry

Reshape and dry flat in shade

Cool iron if necessary on the reverse side without steam with a cotton cloth over it

Store garments loosely folded or hung up

Do not leave garments damp as this encourages mildew to form which is difficult to wash out and contributes to premature deterioration of the clothing

Do not fold the garments the same way each time, to help prevent permanent creasing.

General Tips

• Some people prefer to starch cotton or cotton/polyester garments. The basic function of starch is to stiffen the garment - however, starch can leave minute crystals in the fiber that can often wear the garment out faster than a garment that has not been starched

• Avoid hair spray, deodorants, perfume or alcohol to come in contact with sequins / beads to prevent discolorations of the sequins

• Delicate fabrics requires a lower temperature iron and should be ironed on the reverse side with a press cloth

• After washing 'hand washable' scarves, they can be rolled in a towel instead of wringing and twisting them

• Garments should be cleaned before storage. Many foods and beverages leave yellow stains behind as they age. Stains can also attract insects that may damage the fabric while feeding on the stain

• Do not allow the stored items exposure to sunlight or artificial light and heat as it can cause some dyes to fade or yellow

• It is important to allow fabrics to breathe therefore use packing material that also breathes, like white tissue paper or clean sheets/pillow cases

• Knitted garments should be folded and never hung. Hanging can cause the garment to stretch out of shape

• Always use fabric support straps or loops, and when necessary sew additional straps to garments, to reduce stress. These straps help to distribute the garment weight and minimize the distortion of the garment in areas, such as the neckline

• Avoid wire hangers, unless they are covered. Wire hangers can rust and stain fabric, and the metal edges can snag the fabric. Generally padded or plastic hangers are gentler than wire ones

• Use the proper heat setting and time cycle. Don't use a high or regular setting for all clothes. Read the label fabrics made from fibers such as Acrylic, Polyester, Nylon, Micrfibers, etc which have low moisture absorbency - are fast drying and should be dried using a low temperature setting

• Separate man-made fabrics, like polyester from natural fibers such as cotton. Man-made fibers can attract the oils that are released from natural fibers during washing. These oils can build up and make spots more noticeable

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