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from A. Anachini of Florence, Italy...

...makers of fine children's clothing, come the following tips for care of cottons, wools, etc.:

CLEANING YOUR CHILDREN'S CLOTHES

COTTON

*Cotton can be easily laundered. It can withstand high temperatures (boiling water does not hurt the fiber).

*Any good detergent can be used to wash cotton.

*Chlorine bleach can be used safely on cotton whites. Use color safe bleach on dyed cottons.

*Since cotton fibers are fairly inelastic cotton fabrics may wrinkle easily. However, we use the best cotton fabrics, treated with a wrinkle resistant finish to create a more resilient fabric/garment.

*A higher heat setting is needed in the dryer to dry cotton. Cotton will take much longer to dry than less absorbent fibers. Anyway we suggest to air-dry cotton garments.

*Cotton can be ironed with a hot iron, and does not scorch easily


LINEN

*Some linen is washable, while others are dry clean only. Be sure to check the label.Anyway we usually use washable linens.

*Washable linen, can be washed easily and become softer with use.

*White linens should be dried in the sun, if to help them to keep their whiteness.

*Dry cleaning is permitted, but it means more difficulties to iron!

*Linen fabrics may need frequent pressing, anyway its a beauty of linens the creased look.


SILK

*Only pre-washed silk is washable. Read the label!

*Dry cleaning is generally preferred, since laundering detergent and dyes in other clothes may adversely affect silk fabric.

*For washable silk careful hand wash, with mild soap and lukewarm water.

*Chlorine bleach should never be used on silk.

*For long-time storage, silk should be sealed against light, air and insects.

*For specific instructions, always refer to the garment's sewn-in care label.


WOOL

*Give wool garments a 24-hour rest between wearing. Hang on shaped or padded hangers, leaving lots of space. In general, wool fibers will shed wrinkles and return to their original shape

*Empty pockets, remove belts and hang with closures zipped and buttoned.

*Fold knits.

*Brush wool to remove surface soil. Use a damp sponge for knits and finer fabrics.

*Refresh wool garments quickly after wearing or unpacking by hanging them in a steamy bathroom. Moisture from the steam will remove wrinkles.

*If wool gets wet, dry the garment at room temperature away from heat. If there's a nap, brush with the nap.

*Remove spots and stains promptly.

*Keep moths away by storing wool with fresh cedar blocks.

*Dry clean once a season (or when stained), and especially before storing.

*Always steam when pressing wool. Use the wool setting. Avoid pressing wool totally dry. When possible, press on the reverse side of the fabric. When necessary to press on the right side, use a press cloth to avoid a shine. Lower and lift the iron, don't slide it back and forth. Prevent imprinting inside detail by placing a piece of brown paper or tissue paper under folds, seams or darts.

*For specific instructions, always refer to the garment's sewn-in care label.



REMOVING STAINS FROM WASHABLE FABRICS

The following general procedures apply to nearly all stains. Fresh stains are much easier to remove than old ones, so take care of stains promptly.

*Blot up any excess liquid with a clean white cloth, paper, or other towels. Remove excess solids by gentle scraping or chipping with a dull knife or metal spatula. With some solids such as heavy amounts of surface mud removal may be easier after the stain has dried. Excess can be brushed off before the clothing is submerged for washing.

*Avoid rubbing the stained area with a linty terry towel or a dark-colored cloth. You may complicate the problem.

*Never rub a fresh stain with bar soap. Soap sets many stains.

*Decide if the fabric is washable or drycleanable. If drycleanable, take to the cleaners as soon as possible (within 24 to 48 hours).

*Do not try to treat suede, leather, or fur. Professional cleaners are needed for these items, and even some professionals do not offer this service.

*Avoid using hot water on stains of unknown origin. Hot water can set protein stains such as milk, egg, or blood.

*Test stain removal agents on a seam or hidden area of the garment to be sure it does not affect the color or finish of the fabric before starting on the stain.

*Avoid excessive rubbing unless fabric is tough and durable. Rubbing can spread the stain and damage the fiber, finish, or color.

*Do not iron or press stained fabrics. Heat will set most stains.

*Check laundry for stains before washing. Many stains need pretreatment.

*Inspect wet laundry before drying to be sure stain has been removed. If a stain is still evident, do not dryer dry. The heat of drying will tend to make the stain more permanent.

*Wash heavily soiled items separately. During laundering soil is broken into smaller particles and can be redeposited on cleaner clothing if insufficient detergent is used, water temperature is too,low, washing time too long, or washer is overloaded with too many clothes.



For any question contact us anichini@anichini.net
http://www.anichini.net/vari/CARE/cleaning-tips.html
Tags: cotton, linen, stain removal, wool
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