Yes, do read the label, they are surprisingly informative nowadays. The only trouble is, you need a degree in semiotics to understand them, so we’ve translated them for you below.
- Do what it says! All garments are wear and clean-tested before being made up and companies such as Marks & Spencer are very stringent: if their labels say ‘wash at 40 degrees’, trust them. They don’t want things coming back. Total Wardrobe Care has lovely laundry liquid and ironing water available in our online shop.
- Always hand wash delicate garments fine wools, silks and so on using a specialist hand washing powder or liquid.
- Always hand wash and rinse woollens at the same temperature.
- Ecover or Vanish stain remover make a big difference.
- Try to dry clothes naturally: tumble drying is not only very expensive, it wears out clothes faster. Best of all is open air.
- Choose organic and non-biological detergents.
- Don’t wash synthetics and cottons together as the former will absorb the dirt. They also prefer different temperatures.
- Use hot water to sterilise hankies and tablecloths.
- Use mesh lingerie bags for bras and tights/stockings.