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Basic Care Instructions #11: Cotton & Silk Knits, Sweats, Swimsuits, Turtlenecks

 

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BASIC CARE INSTRUCTIONS  #11: Cotton & Silk Knits, Sweats, Swimsuits, Turtlenecks 

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This is the 11th in a series of newsletters on common care instructions for domestic items and materials most often seen in antiques and vintage textiles, including but not limited to housewares and clothing. I hope this care information is helpful to you.

You may well know a lot more about the care of domestic items than I can tell you here, but it's nice to have all this information in one place. So at the risk of boring you, this newsletter goes into some detail.

I've put the care of many clothing items together into this newsletter.The information here is basic information relevant to all similar fibre. Future issues will cover  outerwear, sweaters, shoes, trousers, jackets, fine leather goods, and lingerie.

See our issue BASIC CARE INSTRUCTIONS #1 for information on how to read care labels you may find on vintage fabrics (and you should follow them if you do find them!). All previous newsletters in the series can be found in our library and in the newsletter archives.  

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COTTON KNITS

First, I recommend turning your knits INSIDE OUT before washing and drying them to cut down on undue abrasion.

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NO!  NOT LIKE THIS: 

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LIKE THIS: 

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Always wash dark colors separately.

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Then:
Machine wash in warm water.
Wash dark colors separately.
Tumble dry at low heat setting and temperature.
Use non-chlorine bleach and only if needed.
To prevent wrinkling, don't overdry!


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Hand wash in warm or cold water with mild detergent. Block carefully until damp and hang to dry OR tumble dry on low setting.

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RUGBYS

Rugby shirts are usually made from a tight weave that is not inclined to shrink appreciably because the fabric itself is preshrunk.

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 If this is true of your Rugby, then follow this procedure and you should be OK:


Machine wash in WARM water.
Remove PROMPTLY to prevent colors from bleeding.
Use non-chlorine bleach and DO NOT HAND WASH!
Tumble dry in warm heat immediately. 

The following DO NOTS are important:
Do not wash in cold water. Cold water can cause the dyes to run.
Do not soak!
Do not use chlorine bleach!
Do not hang dry because the colors might bleed.

 

Should you ignore this advice and bleeding occurs, rewash immediately according to the above instructions and the jersey will be just fine. Also, I'll forgive you. 

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SILK KNITS

Ah, the luxury of a silk turtle neck and underwear...care for them gently as follows.

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Silk Turtlenecks, Silk Underwear, Silk Tights, Stockings, Leggings:
Hand wash in warm water.
Do not use bleach.
Blot carefully to remove excess water and lay garment flat to dry, or dry clean.

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UNDERWEAR

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Machine wash in warm water using a gentle cycle.
Tumble dry on a low heat setting OR lay flat to dry.

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FINE LINGERIE

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Fine lingerie should be hand washed in warm water.  Do not use bleach.
Blot carefully to remove excess water and lay garment flat to dry, or dry clean.

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STIRRUP PANTS

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Turn them inside out.
Hand wash in warm water using a gentle cycle.
Line dry.

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SWIMSUITS

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Hand wash after every wearing, in cool water using mild detergent.
Hang to dry, out of the sun.

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Avoid getting sun tan lotion, perfume, hair spray, chemicals, or hot water on your suit; they cause the lycra and nylon fibers to weaken and break down

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GYM WEAR & EXERCISE WEAR  Containing Lycra & Nylon Fibers

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Hand wash after every wearing, in cool water using mild detergent.
Hang to dry, out of the sun.

 

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Avoid getting sun tan lotion, perfume, hair spray, chemicals, or hot water on these garments; they cause the lycra and nylon fibers to weaken and break down.

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TURTLENECKS, T-NECKS, "TURTLES" 


Once again, I recommend that you turn your knits and other clothes INSIDE OUT before washing and drying them to cut down on undue abrasion.

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By the way:  I recommend that you pull O-P-E-N the neck and THEN slip the turtleneck over head, NOT down your face as you normally do.

Believe it or not, this will help extend the life of the shoulder seams!

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Then follow this procedure:
Machine wash in warm water on the gentle cycle.
Wash dark colors separately.
Use non-chlorine bleach and only if needed.
Tumble dry at low heat setting and temperature.

- OR -
Hand wash in warm or cold water with a mild detergent.
Block carefully until damp and hang to dry OR tumble dry on low setting.

 

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SWEATSHIRTS, SWEATPANTS, AND SWEAT MATERIALS

 

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Care for thick 100% Cotton garments as follows:
Wash dark colors separately.
Machine wash separately at approximately 102 degrees Fahrenheit (about 40 degrees Centigrade), in other words, in water that is VERY WARM. 
Use only non-chlorine bleach and only when needed. 
Tumble dry at low heat setting. 
By all means, avoid extreme heat while washing and drying. 
Do not iron.

I suggest you wash sweats separately from other fabrics, because of the bulk of the material and the usually intense athletic colors.  
With high quality cotton sweats, shrinkage is natural, of course. 
Based on testing of fabric shrinkage, most high quality sweats are cut generously for a good fit after repeated washings.

    For Cotton / Polyester sweat blends:  
Machine wash in warm water, separately.
Tumble dry at low heat setting.
Do not bleach
Do not iron.

 

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In short, have fun with your clothing and wash it carefully.  After all, you're a "picture worth a thousand words"!

 

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I sign these newsletters "See Into The Invisible". Thanks for reading.

Best Wishes, 
Debra Spencer

All Content is © Debra Spencer, Suit Yourself™ International. Technical Library FAQ Index ISSN 2474-820X. All Rights Reserved. Please do not reproduce in part or in whole without express written consent. Thank you.
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