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Caring for your Garments

 Guide by Stitch to Stitch


We carefully consider how our garments should be cared for and make every effort to pass this information on to you clearly. Caring for your garments in the correct way is important to ensure that you get long lasting wear.


General Washing Care

Always read and follow the instructions given on the care label. To avoid colours running, wash dark colours separately to white and lighter coloured items. Try to wash similar fabrics types together.


Do not overload your washing machine as clothes will not be cleaned properly and this can damage your washing machine. To prevent additional wear to the outside surface of your garments, wash them inside out.


Instructions for washing embroidered garments


Especially important for embroidered garments being washed for the first time

·       For best results, wash in cool water with a mild detergent

·       Do not line dry in the sun. Do not tumble dry.

·       Never leave damp or wet embroidered articles folded or stuck together.

·       Never wring out embroidered articles.

·       Never leave embroidered articles soaking in water.

 

Caring for screen printed garment

·       To prolong the life of screen printing, we recommend turning the item inside-out during washing and drying.

·       Do not iron directly on the screen printing. Iron the reverse side only, on a gentle heat.

When washing any garment, please follow the instruction on the garment label. Washing too hot can result in shrinkage and possible damage to the material or print. Many of the inks used today are plastisol based. Therefore, they should not be ironed by direct heat applied to the printed logo. The garment should be ironed from the inside to protect the printing or at a low heat if the iron must be applied directly on the printed area. By caring for your printed fabrics you should get years of good wear.


Caring for vinyl printed garments

·       Turn the garment inside-out for washing and ironing, use a gentle warm wash. We recommend that you do not use tumble drying with vinyl.

·       Never iron directly on the vinyl. Iron the reverse side only, on a gentle heat.

Jerseywear  Polo - Sweaters - Hoodies - T-shirts


After washing jersey items the fabric is likely to tighten. This is due to its structure. Your item will therefore need to be reshaped whilst damp so that it dries in its correct size and shape. This will also help it to dry without creases (therefore making ironing much easier)


Towels


Wash all towelling items before use. To avoid colours running, wash light and coloured towels separately. For best results, wash towels in a 40oc wash. If washed at a higher temperature, there is the possibility that they may shrink.


Bleaching


Our white items are bleached using eco-friendly Hydrogen Peroxide. Chlorine bleaching and the use of optical whiteners give the very white look we are used to, but are far more harmful to the environment.


Stain Removal


Whichever way you choose to remove stains, always follow these simple rules to try to prevent the stain from setting.


In order to treat stains effectively, you must identify the type of stain and what has caused it. Treat stains as soon as possible, if only by immersing the item in cold water. This will hopefully prevent the stain from setting permanently in the item and will hopefully avoid the requirement of powerful chemical stain removers. Always wash stained items in a cool wash. Washing in a hot wash, especially without treating a stain first, will set the stain firmly in the item and you will not be able to remove it with further treatment.


To prevent spreading the stain, always work from the edge of the stain in towards the centre, stains needs to be taken off the surface of the fabric not driven in, so be gentle. If the stain is particularly stubborn, treat from the underside of the fabric. If you require the use of  chemical stain removers, test the method that you're going to use on a part of the garment that doesn't normally show, such as an inside seam. This is to check that it doesn't have any adverse effects on the item, such as colour changes or bleaching of the fabric. Discolouration caused by bleaching is totally irreversible, if all else fails, the last resort should be specialist dry cleaning.


  • Types of Stains

Liquid stains that have not been left to dry can generally be removed relatively quickly and easily by soaking the item in cold water and a fabric detergent. If the fabric is washable, rinse in cold water immediately and then soak in a solution of cold water and detergent before washing to help dissolve the stain.


Once the stain has had a chance to dissolve, treat the stained areas directly with either neat liquid detergent or a solvent. Please on an absorbent white cotton cloth to absorb any excess stain remover and to help draw the stain out of the fabric.


 

Thick stains that are still sitting on top of the fabric (e.g. nail varnish or grease) need to be removed from the surface before they set as later attempts at removal can cause damage to fabric. These stains will generally need specialist solvent treatment. For particularly stubborn stains use a special cleaning suited both fabric and the type of stain.






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