Before start talking about any recommendation, it is important to follow the indications advised on the label. If any doubt, check with Flamentex fabric professionals.
When it comes to fabric care for tissues, it is important to make two major differences, depending on whether they are:
- Natural fibers, whether vegetable or animal.
- Artificial or synthetic fibers.
As well as, if they are white, pale or intense tone, to maintain the color's life.
Other aspects to take into account are: permissibility of centrifuge, dryer and ironing temperature.
Washing rules, according to each fabric
- Cotton: it is one of the most used materials, easy to wash. It allows high temperatures and centrifugation, although at a higher temperature, more possibilities to shrink. It can be ironed at high temperature.
- Linen: this material is favored with washing, since the outer layer of the fiber is renewed every time, giving it brightness and softness. However, the more aggressive the detergent and more temperature is, the more deteriorated it gets. Neutral detergents are recommended without bleach. Likewise, to get ironing easier, it is recommended to limit the centrifugation. For ironing, it admits high temperatures and it is recommended to iron it when it is still wet.
- Silk: known for its delicacy, it is recommended to wash by hand, in its absence, in the washing machine with delicate programs, cold water and with neutral soap. It is recommended to avoid centrifugation and the dryer and for drying, horizontally and in the shade.
- Rayon: also called "artificial silk", can be machine washed at a maximum temperature of 30ºC, without spinning or drying to avoid deformations. Iron at low/ medium temperature and possibility of dry cleaning, according to the label.
- Wool: animal fiber, should be cold washed with the delicate program. The higher the temperature, the more it can shrink. Do not use centrifuge or use dryer. Place it horizontally, to not deform the fabric. As for ironing, follow the instructions on the label.
- Polyester: resistant fabric itself, it admits washing machine with medium temperatures, except those indicated on the label. Likewise, it also admits centrifuges, dryers and plates, both at low temperature.
- Jean fabric: very resistant material. Need to be precautions gets when washing, because it can discolour. Wash always inside out. It allows centrifugation and iron, as long as the cloth is still wet.
- Spandex: although it admits washing machine, it is recommendable to avoid hot water, to protect its fibers. Unless the label indicates other instructions use of low/ medium temperature.
- Acetate: due to its fall, it is usually mixed with other fibers, so, depending on the mixture, it may shrink. Wash with cold water, without centrifugation and separately. As its a weak fiber, it can be damaged when heated or twisted. Iron at low temperature and with a cloth, to maintain its brightness.
- Knitted fabrics: by their nature, they must be washed by hand or in a delicate, short and cold program. It is recommended to use liquid soap and avoid aggressive products. To avoid its deformation, hang up horizontal, so its weight won't deform the fabric. For the same reason, it is recommended to keep it folded because the hangers can also cause deformation.
- Plush: although they admit high temperatures, it is recommended to use it separately to avoid the losses of color. In the same way, you can release the lint easily. It admits dryer.
- Velvet: dry clean preferably, when it comes to pure velvet. As for iron, it is important to iron on marble, so that the velvet does not deform.
- Cashmere: recommended for washing by hand and cold, with neutral soaps. Likewise, hang up in horizontal so that it does not deform . Iron at low temperature, with a cloth as protection.
- Poplin: being a commercial name, does not refer to a specific fiber, but can be made of cotton, wool, viscose, polyester or fabric mix. Therefore, we will follow the indications on the label or, in absece os this, according to the composition. If you don't have this information, wash cold, short programs and delicate and neutral soap.