I think its prudent to have as my first Blog, how to wash our beautiful textile products.
Washing Instructions & Handy Hints
Each item is individually hand painted; you will find variations in tone, colour and design.
You will also find little imperfections and irregularities from time to time. This, we feel, only adds charm, character and individuality to your unique and exclusive purchase.
We have taken tremendous care to ensure that this item gives you many years of pleasure; however, it is important that you follow the CARE INSTRUCTIONS below.
- Wash me by hand or in the washing machine on a
gentle cycle in warm water.
2. Do not wash me in a large load of washing.
3. Wash me separately with your special items.
4. It is OK to tumble dry me.
5. Iron me (on the wrong side) as I am 100% cotton and
6. Do not spot clean me with harsh detergents.
7. I am UVB protected and can be exposed to sunlight.
However, do not leave me all day in the sun.
Colours will not fade or run as each item has been ‘cured’ in a special oven.
When washing make sure to use a tiny amount of washing powder, and to make sure the washing powder is dissolved before adding your home ware.
Certain soap powders have strong bleaching agents in them, and If powder is poured directly on the fabric bleached spots may occur.
Drying fabrics in the open air and sunlight keeps them fresh. Our fabric is UVB protected therefore will not fade in the sun.
Stains usually become problematic if they have dried into the fibers therefore it is important to treat stains as soon as they occur. When using certain solvents, use it sparingly as too much solvent and abrasion can have an adverse effect on the fabrics colour.
BEETROOT: Soak in cold water. Rub washing liquid into the mark with your fingers. If the stain still remains, proceed to soak fabric in warm water and wash as normal.
CHEWING GUM: Place the stained garment in a plastic bag and freeze overnight. The gum will scrape off easily. If the stain remains try loosening the gum by soaking in white vinegar or gently rubbing with egg white before washing.
CHOCOLATES: Rub off gently with a blunt knife. Using a damp sponge, gently blot at any remaining stain until it's clean - being careful not to wet the area too much. More persistent stains may need additional work. If so, apply a little dry cleaning fluid to a sponge and very gently dab at the stain until the stain is removed. Blot dry with a dry cloth.
COFFEE & TEA: Soak in a lukewarm detergent solution. Then treat with a dab of methylated spirits. Alternatively use a wet towelling cloth that has been dipped in cold water. Sprinkle a teaspoon of baking soda onto the coffee or tea stain and very gently massage into the fabric. Rinse off thoroughly before washing.
CRAYON OR WAX: Place stains between two sheets of paper towelling, go over the area with iron, replacing the paper as the crayon adheres to the towelling.
FRUIT OR FRUIT JUICES: Cranberry, raspberry and grape are the hardest juice stains to remove. Rub the stain with salt before washing. Rinse in cold water and soak in liquid detergent, then wash with normal detergent.
GREASE/OIL: Start by blotting as much of the excess grease as possible using a paper towel or tea towel. Scrape as much off as possible with a blunt knife, and then work in neat washing liquid with fingers. Alternatively Sprinkle with cornflour, allow the oil to be absorbed, clean fabric and wash immediately. Repeat these steps if necessary.
TOMATO SAUCE: Very gently scrape off any excess using a plastic spatula or a flat-edged butter knife. Use a damp sponge to gently blot the stain then using a dry cloth to alternately blot the stain dry. Wash immediately. Don’t rub fabric harshly to remove stains as this can abrade fibers and cause fading.
WINE: Cover with salt to absorb the alcohol then soak in cold water and proceed to wash as normal. Or soak the red wine stain in white wine (or soda water). Next, cover the stain with a thick baking soda and water paste. Leave the baking soda on the stain for a few hours, moistening the solution with water. Once the treatment is done, wash the fabric as normal.