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Recipe for Washing Silks & Delicates

Posted on Jul 8, 2012

The Laundress RECIPES Silks&Delicates

Silks & Delicates are a breeze to clean at home with our specially formulated Delicate Wash!

*Our rule of thumb for blended fabric is to wash according to the highest percentage. i.e. if your sweater is 70% cashmere and 30% silk, wash with our Wool & Cashmere Shampoo and follow the appropriate washing recipe.

Tools:
Delicate Wash, Stain Solution and/or Wash & Stain Bar

Optional:
Delicate Spray, Scented Vinegar, Stain Brush

Pre-treat:
– Examine for stains: pre-treat with The Laundress Stain Solution or The Laundress Wash & Stain Bar. Always treat stains first and pre-soak for most effective removal.

– To remove dirt, grease, grime (i.e. ring around the collar) treat with our Wash & Stain Bar. Wet bar and work into the fabric.

– To remove juice, wine, coffee, pen, chocolate use our Stain Solution and Stain Brush.

– To remove odors: pre-wash or pre-soak with The Laundress Scented Vinegar. Apply vinegar directly on odor areas and work stain solution into the fabric. Soak well.

– Turn your clothing inside out.  This prevents abrasion and lengthens the life of colorant dyes.

– Do not mix colors, wash with like colors only.

Hand washing:
– To wash – submerge item(s) in a cool water bath with 2 capfuls of The Laundress Delicate Wash.

– Use your hands to agitate the water and detergent.

– Soak for ½ hour (do not soak silk for longer).*

– Rinse well – running room temperature water until soapy water is gone.

– Do not wring; press the water out of the item instead.

*DO NOT PANIC if you see color in the water. This is normal and it is simply the yarn dye releasing color. You will not notice any loss of color at the end.

Machine washing:
– Change machine setting to delicate cycle and add the appropriate amount of Delicate Wash in the machine.

– Turn item inside out and place in The Laundress Mesh Bag and wash.

– Remove from the washer promptly to reduce creasing. Do not put in the dryer!

Dry/Finish:
– Lay item flat on a drying rack, a towel, or hang to dry.

– Some items may need to be steamed after washing.

Tips and Tricks:
– Hand washing will lengthen the life of colored garments.

– Clean your washer monthly with The Laundress Machine Cleaner to protect fibers and fading from machine build up, lime scale and rust.  Add (1/2 cup, 4 oz, 120 ml) to your machine dispenser and run a long load with hot water. Run a second load with just water and you’re ready to go!

For more recipes, visit our other recipes on the left-hand menu and click on “Can I Be Washed” for our fabric washing guide.

*To view Gwen’s step-by-step directions for washing silk scarves – click here.

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Recipe for Washing Silks & Delicates

Posted on Jun 4, 2012

The Laundress RECIPES Silks&Delicates

Silks & Delicates are a breeze to clean at home with our specially formulated Delicate Wash!

*Our rule of thumb for blended fabric is to wash according to the highest percentage. i.e. if your sweater is 70% cashmere and 30% silk, wash with our Wool & Cashmere Shampoo and follow the appropriate washing recipe.

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Washing With The Laundress : Black Silks

Posted on Jan 31, 2013

Washing With The Laundress LAUNDRY

Washing With The Laundress LAUNDRY Black Silk Intro

Whoever said silk couldn’t be laundered in a washing machine was seriously mistaken.

At the Laundress we pride ourselves in being able to clean even the most delicate of fabrics, especially because those are the ones we love most!

Today’s laundry lesson revolves around these two 100% silk pieces by Ralph Lauren. Both came in wrinkled and worn. Both left clean and smelling fresh!

Washing With The Laundress LAUNDRY Black Silk Wrinkled and Worn

As much as we wouldn’t like to admit it, we sweat. The solution? Use our Wash & Stain Bar and Stain Solution to pre-treat the underarms and straps. They are formulated to work well on delicate fabrics.

Washing With The Laundress LAUNDRY Black Silk Read Labels

Washing With The Laundress LAUNDRY Black Silk Mesh Bags

We love 100% silk fabrics not only because they are beautiful, but also because we know exactly what steps to take to keep them beautiful. We always recommend putting items in Mesh Laundry Bags to keep them from pulling or getting caught on one another. This is especially helpful for items with embellishments or buttons. You can also put the Delicate Wash directly into the drum of the machine when you are ready to begin laundering.

Washing With The Laundress LAUNDRY Delicate Wash

Washing With The Laundress LAUNDRY Black Silk Cycle Settings

The nice thing about silk is that it doesn’t stretch when drying. So, you can hang up silk blouses and pants without worry that they will strech out or dry funny. But before you do, make sure to steam them. Steaming when damp helps to remove any wrinkles the washing machine leaves behind.

For a more complete guide, Check out our Silks & Delicates Recipe Page, or for quick reference – read our handy guide!

Washing With The Laundress Silks Recipe

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The Laundress Recipe Essentials

Posted on Jul 10, 2012

The Laundress RECIPES Essentials

A good grasp of the essentials makes your regular laundry tasks simpler and more enjoyable! Using the proper detergent at the correct water temperature and with just the right amount of agitation – and knowing when and how to pre-treat for stains – are the marks of a truly savvy laundress.

For specific instructions, always refer to the garment’s sewn-in care label for fabric content. Our rule of thumb for blended fabric is to wash according to the highest percentage. i.e. if your sweater is 70% cashmere and 30% silk, wash with Wool & Cashmere and follow the appropriate washing recipe.

When to use what product:
– For washing cottons, linens, everyday textiles, use the respective Whites Detergent or Darks Detergent.

Signature Detergent is for all-purpose laundering.

Wool & Cashmere Shampoo is specifically formulated for washing animal hair yarns to preserve the natural lanolin and oils.

Delicate Wash is formulated for washing silk and synthetic blends.

– Fabric Softener is to be used on cotton/linens and general laundering – not to be used when washing woolens or delicates.

– For whitening and general cleaning, The Laundress All-Purpose Bleach Alternative will safely whiten, brighten and disinfect your clothing. Perfect when pre-treating stubborn stains and dingy whites or just add to your washing cycle. Natural and color safe.

- Always examine for stains before washing! Pre-treat accordingly with Stain Solution and Stain Brush or Wash & Stain Bar.

Know Your Equipment
– Intense cleaning involves three elements: water temperature (hot), detergent amount (more) and agitation (movement in machine). Fabric, such as cotton, generally has a certain maximum shrinkage capacity so washing your favorite white t-shirt once in hot water will shrink the same amount as it would over multiple washings in warm.

– Always reference what fabric you are washing to determine the proper water temperature to use. Cotton and Linen are best washed with hot water, silk and synthetics are best at warm or tepid, and wools should always be washed with cold.

– Washing cycles are just as important as water temperature. Too much agitation even with cold water can shrink a wool sweater. Always use the delicates or woolens cycle when machine washing “delicates or woolens.”

– For more specific instructions, visit our washing guide, Can I Be Washed?

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Recipe for Washing Wool & Cashmere

Posted on Jul 9, 2012

The Laundress RECIPES Wool & Cashmere

Protect Your Investments! Don’t let the dry cleaners ruin your fine cashmere and woolens – when you invest in quality winter wear, why pay the dry cleaners to shorten the lifespan of that investment?

Tools:
Wool & Cashmere Shampoo,* Stain Solution and/or Wash & Stain Bar

Optional:
Fabric Fresh Spray, Scented Vinegar, Sweater Stone, Mesh Bags, Stain Brush

*Our rule of thumb for blended fabric is to wash according to the highest percentage. i.e. if your sweater is 70% cashmere and 30% silk, wash with Wool & Cashmere and follow the appropriate washing recipe.

Pre-treat:
– De-pill first if the item has heaving pilling. Brush the pilled areas with The Laundress Sweater Stone and shake out.

– Examine for stains: pre-treat with The Laundress Stain Solution or The Laundress Wash & Stain Bar. Always treat stains first and pre-soak for most effective removal

– To remove dirt, grease, grime (i.e. ring around the collar) treat with our Wash & Stain Bar. Wet bar and work into the fabric.

– To remove juice, wine, coffee, pen, chocolate use our Stain Solution and Stain Brush.

– To remove odors: pre-wash or pre-soak with The Laundress Scented Vinegar. Apply vinegar directly on odor areas and work stain solution into the fabric. Soak well.

– Turn your clothing inside out. This prevents abrasion and lengthens the life of colorant dyes.

– Do not mix colors, wash with like colors only.

Hand washing:
– Turn item inside out to wash the fabric where stains and odors buildup on the inside closest to your body and under arms.

– Prepare a “bath” –basin of cool/tepid water with 2 capfuls of The Laundress Wool and Cashmere Shampoo.

– Submerge item(s) in bath using your hands to agitate the water and detergent.

– Soak for at least ½ hour.* It is harmless to leave soaking for longer unless you are washing silk.

– Rinse well – running room temperature water until soapy water is gone.

– Do not wring; press the water out of the item instead.

*DO NOT PANIC if you see color in the water. This is normal and it is simply the yarn dye releasing color. You will not notice any loss of color at the end.

Machine washing:
– Change machine setting to woolens/delicate cycle. Make sure water temperature is cold. Add the appropriate amount of Wool & Cashmere Shampoo to the machine.

– Turn item inside out and place in The Laundress Mesh Bag and wash. Start cycle.

– Remove from the washer promptly to reduce creasing. Do not put in the dryer!

Dry/Finish:
– To dry – place item on top of a towel* making sure the towel and item is flat and in its original shape, then roll up in the towel (like a rolling pin) to remove excess water.

– To finish drying – lay item flat in its natural shape on a drying rack or towel. Hang, if item will not stretch or deform.

– When dry – finish removing any extra pills as noted above.

– We like to steam our wool/cashmere for the perfect finish. (this is not necessary, however).

*To speed up the drying process, use more than one towel and repeat several times.

Tips and Tricks:
– When storing for the season,* spray with The Laundress Wool & Cashmere Spray and place in a breathable cotton bag with a zip closure such as The Laundress All Purpose Storage Bag.

– Hand washing will lengthen the life of colored garments.

– Clean your washer monthly with The Laundress Machine Cleaner to protect fibers and fading from machine build up, lime scale and rust. Add (1/2 cup, 4 oz, 120 ml) to your machine dispenser and run a long load with hot water. Run a second load with just water and you’re ready to go!

*It is always a good idea to store with a natural bug repellent such as The Laundress Lavender Pouch Scented Squares.

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