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How to Care for Your Clothes

Posted on February 07 2019

Pearl Snap Shirt Jean Jones

Ever wonder how to care for the ethically made + sustainable clothing you've proudly purchased?

Here are my tricks of the trade to keep crisp linen crisp + silky threads soft.

GENERAL CLOTHING CARE TIPS:

None of us believe in disposable clothing. If you choose to take care of your clothes, they'll last you a lifetime. First we'll start with at-home washing. We find that we generally care for our garments from the comfort of our homes. If your piece requires a delicate wash, try rinsing it out in your sink in cool water with a light detergent. Rinse twice, and lightly ring excess water. Use a drying rack or dry flat over a towel to avoid misshapen necklines.

(These tips are meant as general care for various fabrics.
Each item in Jean Jones Collection will include specific care instructions.
Have questions about specific care for your garment? Shoot us an email at hello@jeanjones.com)
 
SPECIFIC CARE BY FIBER:

LINEN:

Hand wash with light detergent to maintain raw crispness.
For stains, we spot treat w light stain remover (or white vinegar!)
If necessary, linen may be machine washed in cool water on the delicate cycle. 
Hang dry or dry flat in well circulated area with low moisture to avoid mildew. Machine washing leads to a soft, naturally distressed feel. Crisp up with a warm iron if desired. 

SILK:
Spot treat with light (ideally organic) detergent when possible. 
Dry clean or lightly hand wash depending on weight of silk. 
Hang dry in well circulated area to avoid mildew.

Note that washing silk causes it to loose some of it's luster. To maintain the shine, dry clean.

DARK WASH DENIM:

Wash delicately on cold inside out, 
tumble dry low/no heat until damp. 
Hang dry. 
Also works for vintage denim!

RAW DENIM:
To maintain raw denim feel, spot treat when possible. Place in freezer for <48 hrs to sanitize + remove odors.
If needed, soak in cold water in the bathtub, hang dry.
Please note this may lead to some shrinkage.

ORGANIC COTTON:
Keep that organic cotton feeling raw, rather than pilled.
Hand wash or machine wash cold on delicate.
Lightly ring and dry flat over towel.
Did you know? Organic cotton takes 71% less water to produce + 62% less energy.

BAMBOO AND BAMBOO BLENDS:
Machine wash delicate, cold, or hand wash and dry flat over towel to avoid shrinkage.

TENCEL/LYOCELL/RAYON:
Machine wash delicate cold, tumble dry. Dry clean for best results.
FYI: Tencel is made of sustainably farmed tree pulp, and has a lush silky feel.

WOOL:
Spot Treat when possible. Dry clean at an environmentally responsible dry cleaning business when necessary.

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