WASH GUIDE: a complete overview

As you all wear your favorite garments day by day you have to wash them time by time… But what do these symbols on the care label from your item mean? The customer service and marketing team put together a wash guide for you. Please have a look on our wash guide and take part in our discussion about washing, so we can build a FAQ with and for you. 

Washing at home Washing - Natural Drying - Tumble Dry - Ironing

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Washing
– Normal cycle wash
– Fill the washing drum until one hand fits above the laundry

Machine wash permanent press
– Permanent low speed
– Pre-soak period
– Clean finish, wrinkle-free

Machine wash gentle or delicate
– Low speed
– High water level in the washing drum
– Use a wash bag
– Only half fill

In Addition: Extra gentle cycle wash
– Extra low speed
– Only 1/3 fill
– Use a wash bag

DO NOT WASH
– 
Please note the other symbols

Different temperatures
Please note: On your care label are different temperatures, please follow the instructions

Hand wash
– Do not wash with a machine
– Cold wash and have a look at the care label
– Take great care when washing 

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Natural drying

Line dry: dry on a clothes line 
– The easiest way of natural drying, just hang your garments on a clothes line and let them dry for a few days 

Dry flat
– You should dry flat garments such as wool and merino knitwear. To do this, just lay them out on a clothes horse 

Drip dry
– Just take your clothes from your washing machine and let them dry dripping wet (due to lower speed and temperature)

Dry in the shade
– Please dry your clothes in the shade otherwise they will bleach due to the sun rays

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Tumble drying

Materials for tumble dry: Please note that not every garment is made for tumble drying. Some fabrics are, some are not possible. 

– Low temperature (60-80°C) 
– Normal temperature (80-120°C)

– DO NOT TUMBLE DRY

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Ironing
With Ironing you would get a wonderful feel. Please note: every iron is different in its use, please note the user guide by the machine. Further: Not every cloth is made for ironing and steaming.  

– DO NOT IRON
– DO NOT STEAM

Different temperatures

– Medium hot iron (at most 150°C)
– Lower hot iron (at most 110°C)
– Hot iron (at most 200°C)

Professional cleaning Chemical cleaning - Wet cleaning - Bleaching

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Chemical wash
–  Please note:
Chemical wash is often professional, you should go to your local washing service
 
Dry Cleaning with hydrocarbons
(F)
– Only dry clean 
– Hydrocarbon solvent is used

Gentle Cleaning with hydrocarbons
– Only dry clean 
– Hydrocarbon solvent is used 
– Gentle cleaning

Very Gentle Cleaning with hydrocarbons
– Only dry clean 
– Hydrocarbon solvent is used
– Very gentle cleaning
– Take great care 

Dry cleaning with Perchlorethylene (P)

Gentle cleaning with PCE

– Only dry clean 
– Gentle cleaning 
– Perchlorethylene is used 

Very gentle cleaning with PCE 
– Only dry clean 
– Very gentle cleaning
– Perchlorethylene is used
– Take great care


– DO NOT DRY CLEAN 

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Professional Wet Cleaning
Please note: Wet Cleaning is done by a professional washing service. Visit your local washing service to get the best advices.

Gentle Wet Cleaning
– Mechanical cleaning
– Using less chemicals
– High water level
– Low temperature

Very gentle Wet Cleaning
– Extra gentle mechanical cleaning
– Using less chemicals 
– High water level
– Low temperature

– DO NOT WET CLEANING

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Bleaching
Please note: Do not bleach at home, it may need professional help from your local washing service

Bleaching allowed for both chlorine and non-chlorine bleach 
– You can bleach with any bleach (e.g.: oxidative and reductive )

Bleaching with chlorine allowed
Only chlorine bleach is allowed (e.g.: sodium hydrochlorite, used for cotton, wool, bamboo) 

Non-chlorine bleach when needed
Non-chlorine bleach please (e.g.: sodium hydrosulphite, used for polyamides, polyacrylics) 

– DO NOT BLEACH