Clothing care recommendations
Cotton is an easy-to-wash fabric that does not require any specific recommendations. However, when it comes to fine T-shirts for example (which is generally the case for T-shirts Des Petits Hauts), it is better to wash at 30 ° C and, above all, DO NOT DRY DRY .
You can also put the tee-shirts upside down before washing them to preserve colors and surfaces.
A few help full tips :
Removing stains from wool: Marseille soap is ideal for removing stains on pullovers. Rub the stain with the dry block of soap. Leave to work for an hour or two then lather and rinse.
Blood stains on wool: Dip the pullover or other knitted garment into water with an aspirin tablet dissolved in it.
Preserving your pullover’s thread: Your angora sweater will retain all of its thread if you store it for 48 hours in a plastic bag in the bottom of your refrigerator. Avoid pilling your mohair sweater by spraying it with hair-spray.
Avoid pilling: If you follow the washing instructions above and if you don’t rub your handbag against it all day in the schoolyard, you should be OK. Of course, we recommend choosing fabrics that don’t pill as much and are the best possible combination of comfort, style and quality… but you may still find little bobbles appearing. In this case, you can remove them with:
tweezers. If they are hard to remove, this is the way to go.
with an adhesive brush or tape. Dab it on gently.
with a head-lice comb: cashmere sweater specialists recommend a very fine head-lice comb to remove bobbles. Pull the sweater gently to flatten it out then gently run the comb over it.
with a razor: Take an end of the sweater and pull it tight, then run the fixed-blade razor (for example, the triple-bladed ones work very well) gently but firmly from top to bottom over the sweater fabric. It’s better to use an old razor for this: the blades will be less dangerous for the fabric.
It’s not true that silk can only be dry-cleaned. You can wash it in water without damaging it. If you have a world-class washing machine, you can try using the delicate setting, turning the garment inside out and placing it in a net wash-bag. If not, it’s better to hand-wash:
- Use a mild soap or a special silk shampoo
- Leave you silk to soak for 3 or 5 minutes in lukewarm water
(wash dark or printed silk in COLD water only, and don't let it soak !)
- During this time, move the fabric gently back and forth (don't squeeze it !)
Once the silk is wet, work more carefully as silk is much more delicate when wet.
- After a maximum of 5 minutes's soak, remove the silk and wash it in cold water with a teaspoon of wine winegar to remove an traces of soap.
- Next, roll the silk in a dry towel to remove the remaining water (when washing dark or printed silk, use several stacked towels)
- Next, roll the silk flat and pull the corners gently.
- Now it's time to iron. Silk must be ironed inside out.
Also, the silk must be slightly damp. Adjust your iron !
Don't iron silk with a very hot iron !
Woolen sweaters (mohair, merino, cashmere…) are fragile, so avoid traditional detergents when washing them. Use a very small quantity of special wool detergent. Too much or too strong a detergent will mat them. Do not use fabric softener.
If your washing machine has a good wool wash function (you’ll know after you’ve tried it!), you can machine-wash them by turning them inside out and putting them in a special net wash bag or pillowcase to minimize friction. Be careful not to put them through a spin cycle faster than 600rpm.
If you don’t trust your washing machine, wash by hand but be gentle. For this: Wash your pullover with your fingertips in lukewarm water (30°C), rubbing gently. Wash it quickly; don’t let it spend hours in the water! Rinse several times in cool water, and never wring it out. Add a few drops of spirit vinegar to the final rinse. This will dissolve any remaining soap.
Drying a pullover is never straightforward! Never squeeze a woolen sweater dry. Don’t wring it out. Dry the sweater by patting it down with a thick towel. Next, place it on another towel, completely flat, to let it air-dry.
If the sweater was laid flat and you didn’t wring it or twist it, it will keep its shape and you won’t need to iron it. If you really need to, iron it inside out with a warm iron. Be gentle and don’t crush it.