Take good care of your new acquisitions and then extend the life of your fashion items. There are several ways to take good care of your clothing products. Below we have put together 2 simple tips for you to take care of your product in the best possible way.
Tip 1 - Know what you wear
Clothing, shoes or accessory items can be made of all kinds of fabrics and materials. The nature of the material says something about the quality with its advantages and disadvantages. For example, cotton is cooler to wear than wool in winter, but has the advantage over wool that it is stronger and less wearable. A little knowledge about materials (always handy) can help you with the expectations about a product.
Tip 2 - Maintenance instructions
In almost every fashion item you will find a care label with instructions to best maintain the item. Follow the washing instructions on the label, this will contribute to the preservation of your fashion items. Is your item made out of different materials? Then the care label is based on the properties of the most sensitive raw material.
Below we have explained how to read a care label including clarification of the most common symbols.
You can read a care label from left to right where the symbols generally have a fixed following: washing, bleaching, drying, ironing and dry cleaning.
The washtub is the washing symbol. In this symbol there is often a number that indicates the recommended washing temperature. The recommended washing temperature depends on the raw material. When there is a cross through the washtub, the item is not suitable for washing.
Tip: Try to wash your products as little as possible to maintain quality. If it is not visibly dirty, maybe wash it again! If it has a less pleasant smell, you could hang it out in the wind to breathe through. Saves another extra wash and a penny :)
The triangle is the pale symbol. When the triangle is uncolored, the product can be bleached. If the symbol is black with a cross through it, it is recommended not to bleach the product.
The square is the dry symbol. A dot in the symbol indicates that the product can be carried in the dryer at the lowest position. If there are two dots, the product can be tumble dried, but at the highest position. No drying symbol or a cross through the square means that the product is not suitable for the dryer and that the product is best dried lying down or hanging.
The iron is the ironing symbol. The different dots in the symbol indicate the recommended ironing temperature. A dot is often used for synthetics that require a lower ironing temperature. Cotton often has three, this fabric can be ironed at a higher temperature.
Tip: most irons use the different dots that correspond to the washing label. This makes it easy to know which setting you need when ironing a specific product.
Chemical cleaning symbol:
The circle stands for the chemical cleaning symbol. The letters in the symbol indicate which type of detergent can be used and a crossed out circle indicates that the product is not suitable for dry cleaning.