GENERAL ADVICE FOR CARE
By properly taking care of your clothes, they’ll last longer.
- Always follow the garment’s washing instructions carefully.
- Sort the articles to be washed by temperature and color.
- When handwashing: make sure you pay attention to the temperature indicated in the washing instructions. It’s a common mistake to use water that’s too hot. Make sure the detergent has dissolved properly before you start washing. Avoid rubbing, twisting or soaking the garment. Feel free to use the washing machine’s hand wash cycle.
- Secure any zippers, Velcro straps or loose items and empty the pockets before washing.
- Many Odd Molly garments have decorations such as embroideries, sequins, Molly dollars or a crocheted trim. It’s always a good idea to use a laundry bag to protect the garment.
- Avoid drying your garment in direct sunlight as it may cause the colors to fade.
- Turn any garments that are colored or printed inside out to preserve the colors longer.
- Some fabrics, especially dark-colored ones, quickly become “shiny” if you iron them. Iron them on the inside or place a damp cloth between the garment and the iron!
- If the washing instructions indicate the garment should dry flat (e.g. knitted garments), it’s a good idea to roll it up first in a terry cloth towel and carefully squeeze out as much water as possible.
- Many Odd Molly garments can just be steamed on a hanger instead of being ironed.
WASH CARE SYMBOLS
Make sure you pay attention to the temperature indicated in the washing instructions.
THINK OF THE ENVIRONMENT
- Wash only when you need to. If an item isn’t very dirty, it’s often sufficient to just remove stains and air it out in the open.
- Don’t wash clothing at higher temperatures than needed and, if possible, use your washing machine’s energy-saver cycle.
- Load the washer. However, make sure you don’t overload it since it can prevent detergent from dissolving properly and lead to bleach stains on your clothes.
- Avoid tumble dryers and drying cabinets. By hanging and air drying your clothes, you not only save energy but also get fewer wrinkles!
- Buy eco-labeled detergents and fabric softeners.
- Better yet, avoid fabric softener altogether! It contains chemicals that our waste treatment plants have a hard time treating.
- Measure the detergent according to the instructions on the packaging – don’t use too much! Your laundry won’t get cleaner just because you’ve added more detergent. Find out how hard the water is where you live and follow the dosage instructions on the detergent’s packaging.
- Don’t throw out your Odd Molly garment if you no longer want it! Give it away, donate it to charity, recycle it or sell it second-hand.
HOW TO CARE FOR DIFFERENT MATERIALS
Wool is naturally repellent to dirt and odors. The best way to keep your woolen garment fresh is to promptly remove any stains and then air out the garment.
Make sure to use a detergent designed for wool. Normal detergent contains enzymes that break down wool fibers. Woolen garments can be washed by hand or in your washing machine on the wool cycle — follow the article’s care instructions.
Make sure you never tumble dry or scrub the garment when it’s wet. If you do this, the wool fibers will get felted and the garment will shrink.
Woolen garments always shed a few loose fibers and form pills or “fuzz balls” to some degree. These can be easily removed with a fabric comb or a pilling remover/fabric shaver. You may also carefully brush your woolen garment with a clothing brush to remove pills and loose fibers.
Viscose is a man-made fabric manufactured from cellulose — in other words, a raw material that comes from nature. With its suppleness and shine, viscose is similar to silk and very comfortable to wear.
Viscose fibers are delicate when soaked and the wet garments feel hard and brittle. Viscose clothing may also shrink. Make sure you don’t tug on the garment when it’s wet as it can easily tear or rip! Hang or dry flat and then iron (preferably inside out) or steam the garment to restore it to its original shape. Once the material dries, it will be soft again. Since rayon tends to get frizzy and pill, wash the garment inside-out.
Cotton can withstand washing at 60 and sometimes up to 90 degrees. However, due to the garment’s features, you may want to choose a gentler wash cycle. Odd Molly garments often have details such as a crocheted trim, embroidery, etc. that can be damaged by vigorous washing.
Cotton tends to shrink and this increases with the temperature. Therefore, it’s important ALWAYS to follow the washing instructions on the garment! Nonetheless, to reduce the environmental impact, you may choose to wash the item at a lower temperature, less than 60 degrees for example.
Most Odd Molly garments are pre-shrunk. Despite this, cotton garments may shrink or lose their form during washing (especially cotton knits). To avoid this, you can carefully tug on the garment to restore it to its original shape before hanging it up to dry.
For a wrinkle-free garment and healthier environment, avoid tumble drying. Cotton wrinkles easily, so you’ll need to iron or steam garments once they dry so they’ll look as nice as they did before washing.
Cashmere is a fiber made from the underwool of a goat’s wool. It’s the finest wool fiber on Earth and is very comfortable to wear. It doesn’t itch and is lightweight yet warm. Cashmere is delicate, so your garment needs a little extra care to look its best.
Since the material is naturally repellent to dirt and odor, it doesn’t need to be washed after each use. Simply air it out instead! You can also freshen up the garment by steaming it or putting it in your freezer overnight.
When doing the laundry, read the washing instructions carefully. Most cashmere garments can be machine washed on the wool cycle. If you hand-wash, be careful not to scrub the garment. Since regular detergent contains enzymes that break down wool fibers, always use a detergent that’s designed for wool.
All cashmere garments are prone to a certain amount of pilling, especially early on. You can easily remove the pills with a fabric comb. Don’t use electric fabric shavers on cashmere. These tend to shear the delicate fibers and leave holes in the garments.
Moths and fur beetles love cashmere, so if you don’t use the garment often, make sure to store it in a clean, dry and cool place, preferably in an airtight bag.
Silk is one of the world’s most exclusive fabrics. It’s supple and has an elegant luster. The fabric breathes and is comfortable in both the heat and the cold. At the same time, it’s a delicate material that requires a little extra care if you want it to last.
Silk doesn’t attract moisture and dirt as much as cotton, so garments don’t need to be washed as often. Frequently, it’s sufficient to just air out or steam the garment.
Always use detergent for delicate fabrics/silk. Normal detergent often contains enzymes that damage silk fibers.
Hand wash or dry clean (follow the washing instructions on the item). Silk garments may look a little “rough” after washing, but become soft and shiny again after you’ve steamed or ironed them.
To preserve the original appearance and avoid fading, don’t wash your jeans any more than necessary! Treat any stains and freshen the jeans up by steaming them or putting them in the freezer.
When it’s time to do your laundry, carefully follow the washing instructions. But remember, if you want your jeans to keep their original look, you should hand wash them in cold water or machine wash at 30 degrees. This applies especially to dark-colored jeans that haven’t been thoroughly pre-washed. Always wash jeans separately or together with similar colors. Never use detergent with bleach.
Turn your jeans inside out before washing them. When it’s time to dry them, turn them right-side out, smooth out the wrinkles and line dry them. NEVER tumble-dry your jeans! They can shrink and develop unattractive “stripes”.
Leather & suede
Leather and suede garments don’t normally need to be washed that often. Instead, just carefully remove any stains and air out the garment. If you need to wash the item, it should always be professionally cleaned. Look for a dry cleaner that specializes in leather and suede.
If your suede garment happens to get wet (e.g. if you were out in the rain), hang it up to dry at room temperature. Do not dry it in a warm drying cabinet – the material can shrink, and the leather may become stiff and brittle.
Leather and suede garments can be treated with a conditioner to resist dirt and soil. Follow the
instructions on the label or ask your retailer for specific advice about the item.
With dark-colored leather or suede, there is always a risk of dry-crocking (the color might rub off and discolor other materials in bright colors). There is a warning about this on the article’s label and instructions for care.
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