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Caring for Cotton Fabrics

May 29, 2021
by Maneesha Wijesinghe

Cotton, both conventional and organic, is a natural fibre and can be treated
in a vast number of ways. Cotton can be boiled as well as being tumble-dried
until bone-dry. However, the higher the temperature and when tumble-drying,
you’ll shorten the product lifespan as well as shrink your cotton product
(more than normal), whether it’s a towel or a shirt.

Heavy Canvas

Canvas is sensitive to stains, sunlight, and cannot handle being soaked for
too long. It will lose some of its natural stiffness and develop an uneven
structure. That being said, canvas is strong, long-lasting, and will age
gracefully.

Washing/care instructions

  • Canvas and heavy canvas are not exactly the same but have some similar
    washing instructions. And both are densely woven. It’s always a good idea to
    treat and wash stains immediately. No need for prewashing; it’s organic.
  • Machine wash at 20 to 60℃ (68-140 F) (only wash canvas when really
    necessary, try to surface wash first).
  • When washing canvas, visible marks/folds will appear, as the fabric is
    dense.
  • Wash at the lowest possible temperatures.
  • Use nature-friendly detergents.
  • To be washed inside out.
  • Do not tumble dry.
  • Hang out to dry naturally.
  • Avoid using softener as this reduces the absorbency of the product and most
    softeners are harmful for nature (if not 100% cleansed at the wastewater
    treatment plant) Instead of softener you may add a little bit of distilled
    white vinegar to the rinse cycle. The vinegar will help strip away some
    residue from detergent or lime.
  • Avoid the use of bleach (alone and in detergent) as this affects the
    colours.
  • Wash with similar colours.
  • Stretch lightly into shape after washing.
  • Smooth the textiles by hand whilst wet and again once dried.

 

Twill

The twill weave has a lot of great qualities and is known for its strength. It
has a high tearing and shrink resistance, absorbency and durability. And because
of this structure, twill generally drapes well.

Washing/care instructions

  • If you want to keep the strength and look for a longer time, then avoid
    soaking, wringing, rubbing, bleaching, or tumbling. No need for prewashing;
    it’s organic.
  • Machine wash at 20 to 60℃ (68-140 F)Use nature-friendly detergents.
  • Before washing, you may tie the apron strings together in a tight bow with
    short loops to prevent them from tangling with other clothes in your
    laundry.
  • Preferably do not tumble dry.
  • Hang out to dry naturally.
  • Avoid using softener as this reduces the absorbency of the product and most
    softeners are harmful for nature (if not 100% cleansed at the wastewater
    treatment plant) Instead of softener you may add a little bit of distilled
    white vinegar to the rinse cycle. The vinegar will help strip away some
    residue from detergent or lime.
  • Avoid the use of bleach (alone and in detergent) as this affects the
    colours.
  • Wash with similar colours.
  • Stretch lightly into shape after washing.
  • Smooth the textiles by hand whilst wet and again once dried.

 

Canvas

Canvas is sensitive to stains, sunlight, and cannot handle being soaked for too
long. It will lose some of its natural stiffness and develop an uneven
structure. That being said, the canvas is strong, long-lasting, and will age
gracefully.

Washing/care instructions

  • Canvas and heavy canvas are not exactly the same but have some similar
    washing instructions. And both are densely woven. It’s always a good idea to
    treat and wash stains immediately. No need for prewashing; it’s organic.
  • Machine wash at 20 to 60℃ (68-140 F) (only wash canvas when really
    necessary, try to surface wash first).
  • When washing canvas, visible marks/folds will appear, as the fabric is
    dense.
  • Wash at the lowest possible temperatures.
  • Use nature-friendly detergents.
  • To be washed inside out.
  • Do not tumble dry.
  • Hang out to dry naturally.
  • Avoid using softener as this reduces the absorbency of the product and most
    softeners are harmful for nature (if not 100% cleansed at the wastewater
    treatment plant) Instead of softener you may add a little bit of distilled
    white vinegar to the rinse cycle. The vinegar will help strip away some
    residue from detergent or lime.
  • Avoid the use of bleach (alone and in detergent) as this affects the
    colours.
  • Wash with similar colours.
  • Stretch lightly into shape after washing.
  • Smooth the textiles by hand whilst wet and again once dried.

 

Jacquard

A Jacquard loom produces reversible woven fabric often in complex patterns. A
technique dating back to the early 1800 century.

Washing/care instructions

  • No need for prewashing; it’s organic and already absorbent.
  • Machine wash at 20 to 60℃ (68-140 F)
  • Wash at the lowest possible temperatures.
  • Use nature-friendly detergents.
  • Tumble dry at low heat or, if needed, then use dryer balls to shorten the
    drying time.
  • Preferably do not tumble dry.
  • Hang out to dry naturally.
  • Avoid using softener as this reduces the absorbency of the product and most
    softeners are harmful for nature (if not 100% cleansed at the wastewater
    treatment plant) Instead of softener, you may add a little bit of distilled
    white vinegar to the rinse cycle. The vinegar will help strip away some
    residue from detergent or lime.
  • Avoid the use of bleach (alone and in detergent) as this affects the
    colours.
  • Wash with similar colours.
  • Stretch lightly into shape after washing.
  • Smooth textiles by hand once folded.

 

Voile

Voile is a soft, sheer fabric. The voile is woven with thin thread (yarn),
resulting in a material that is quite lightweight and semi-transparent.

Washing/care instructions

  • You may prewash this item or rinse it in boiled water to remove the residue
    of natural starch from the production.
  • The starch is harmless, however it may leave a little side flavour in your
    tea.
  • Machine wash at 20 to 60℃ (68-140 F).
  • Wash at the lowest possible temperatures.
  • Use nature-friendly detergents.
  • Tumble dry at low heat or, if needed, then use dryer balls to shorten the
    drying time.
  • Preferably do not tumble dry.
  • Hang out to dry naturally.
  • Avoid using softener as this reduces the absorbency of the product and most
    softeners are harmful for nature (if not 100% cleansed at the wastewater
    treatment plant) Instead of softener, you may add a little bit of distilled
    white vinegar to the rinse cycle. The vinegar will help strip away some
    residue from detergent or lime.
  • Avoid the use of bleach (alone and in detergent) as this affects the
    colours.
  • Wash with similar colours.
  • Stretch lightly into shape after washing.
  • Smooth the textiles by hand once folded.

 

Herringbone

Herringbone describes a distinctive V-shaped weaving pattern and resembles the
skeleton of a herring fish (hence the name). Herringbone is a traditional
weaving technique that has been used for centuries and is known for staying in
shape, being long-lasting and its ability to absorb. The weaving technique is
often seen in wool garments like suits and jackets, however, due to the
uniqueness and qualities of the weave, we find it perfect for some of our
products.
Washing/care instructions

  • No need for prewashing; it’s organic and already absorbent.
  • Machine wash at 20 to 60℃ (68-140 F).
  • Wash at the lowest possible temperatures.
  • Use nature-friendly detergents.
  • Tumble dry at low heat or, if needed, then use dryer balls to shorten the
    drying time.
  • Preferably do not tumble dry.
  • Hang out to dry naturally.
  • Avoid using softener as this reduces the absorbency of the product and most
    softeners are harmful for nature (if not 100% cleansed at the wastewater
    treatment plant) Instead of softener you may add a little bit of distilled
    white vinegar to the rinse cycle. The vinegar will help strip away some
    residue from detergent or lime.
  • Avoid the use of bleach (alone and in detergent) as this affects the
    colours.
  • Wash with similar colours.
  • Stretch lightly into shape after washing.
  • Smooth the textiles by hand once folded.

WHY ARE THERE HOLES IN MY KITCHEN TOWEL?
Holes in kitchen towels are often seen when sharp kitchen knives are being hand
washed. The sharp points may cut the fabric to leave small holes behind. The
weaving structure prevents the holes from getting bigger at normal use. So, we
suggest leaving it or you can always repair it.

 

Big Waffle

Waffle is a lightweight woven fabric (also known as honeycomb) where the
pattern runs either vertically, horizontally or both, this creates a square
design, hence the name waffle. This weaving is absorbent, lively and fast
drying.

Washing/care instructions

  • No need for prewashing; it’s organic and already absorbent.
  • Machine wash at 20 to 60℃ (68-140 F).
  • Wash at the lowest possible temperatures.
  • Use nature-friendly detergents.
  • Tumble dry at low heat or, if needed, then use dryer balls to shorten the
    drying time.
  • Preferably do not tumble dry.
  • Hang out to dry naturally.
  • Avoid using softener as this reduces the absorbency of the product and
    most softeners are harmful for nature (if not 100% cleansed at the
    wastewater treatment plant).
  • Instead of softener you may add a little bit of distilled white vinegar to
    the rinse cycle. The vinegar will help strip away some residue from
    detergent or lime.
  • Avoid the use of bleach (alone and in detergent) as this affects the
    colours.
  • Wash with similar colours.
  • Stretch lightly into shape after washing.

 

Piqué

The piqué weave (part of the dobby weave family) is characterised by small
geometric patterns creating extra texture in the textile. It’s lightweight and
fast drying. If washing and tumble drying at high temperatures, the fabric
will retract and the shrinkage will be more than the usual 3-8%.

Washing/care instructions

  • No need for prewashing; it’s organic and already absorbent.
  • Machine wash at 20 to 60℃ (68-140 F).
  • Wash at the lowest possible temperatures.
  • Use nature-friendly detergents.
  • Tumble dry at low heat or, if needed, then use dryer balls to shorten the
    drying time.
  • Preferably do not tumble dry.
  • Hang out to dry naturally.
  • Avoid using softener as this reduces the absorbency of the product and
    most softeners are harmful for nature (if not 100% cleansed at the
    wastewater treatment plant). Instead of softener, you may add a little bit
    of distilled white vinegar to the rinse cycle. The vinegar will help strip
    away some residue from detergent or lime.
  • Avoid the use of bleach (alone and in detergent) as this affects the
    colours.
  • Wash with similar colours.
  • Stretch lightly into shape after washing.
  • Smooth the textiles by hand once folded.

 

Terry

Terry is a woven fabric with many short loops of thread, creating a soft and
absorbent surface with a distinguished look. Up close it resembles a pearl
knit.

Washing/care instructions

  • No need for prewashing; it’s organic and already absorbent.
  • Machine wash at 20 to 60℃ (68-140 F).
  • Wash at the lowest possible temperatures.
  • Use nature-friendly detergents.
  • Tumble dry at low heat or, if needed, then use dryer balls to shorten the
    drying time.
  • Preferably do not tumble dry.
  • Hang out to dry naturally.
  • Avoid using softener as this reduces the absorbency of the product and
    most softeners are harmful for nature (if not 100% cleansed at the
    wastewater treatment plant) Instead of softener you may add a little bit
    of distilled white vinegar to the rinse cycle. The vinegar will help strip
    away some residue from detergent or lime.
  • Avoid the use of bleach (alone and in detergent) as this affects the
    colours.
  • Wash with similar colours.
  • Stretch lightly into shape after washing.
  • Smooth the textiles by hand once folded.

 

Corduroy

Corduroy is a textile with a distinct pattern, a “cord” or wale, and is most
commonly composed of tufted cords, exhibiting a channel between the tufts. The
kind we have chosen, is the fine wale/cord, as this suits our “textile
stationary” line really well.

Washing/care instructions

  • No need for prewashing; it’s organic.
  • Machine wash at 20 to 60℃ (68-140 F).
  • Wash at the lowest possible temperatures.
  • Use nature-friendly detergents.
  • Wash on a gentle cycle.
  • Remember to close the zipper before machine washing.
  • Don’t tumble dry.
  • Leave on a piece of cloth to dry naturally.
  • Avoid the use of softener as this reduces the absorbency of the product
    and softener can be harmful for nature (if not 100% cleansed at the
    wastewater treatment plant) Instead of softener you may add a little bit
    of distilled white vinegar to the rinse cycle. The vinegar will help strip
    away residue from the detergent or lime.
  • Avoid the use of bleach (alone and in detergent) as this affects the
    colour.
  • Wash with similar colours.
  • Stretch lightly into shape after washing.
  • Smooth the textiles by hand once dry.
  • Do not iron.

 

Plain Weave

Plain weave, also known as tabby or linen weave is a basic weave and
probably the most frequently used within interior textiles and fashion.

Washing/care instructions

  • No need for prewashing; it’s organic.
  • Machine wash at 20 to 60℃ (68-140 F).
  • Wash at the lowest possible temperatures.
  • Use nature-friendly detergents.
  • Tumble dry at low heat or use dryer balls to shorten the drying time.
  • Preferably don’t tumble dry.
  • Hang out to dry naturally.
  • Avoid the use of softener as this reduces the absorbency of the product
    and most softeners are harmful to nature (if not 100% cleansed at the
    wastewater treatment plant). Instead of softener, you may add a little bit
    of distilled white vinegar to the rinse cycle. The vinegar will help strip
    away residue from the detergent or lime.
  • Avoid the use of bleach (alone and in detergent) as this affects the
    colours.
  • Wash with similar colours.
  • Stretch lightly into shape after washing.
  • Smooth the textiles by hand once folded.
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