HOW TO CARE FOR YOUR PRODUCTS

 

GARMENT CARE

All our items have care instruction labels to ensure they stay soft, like when they were first purchased. Natural fibres are extremely durable, and with proper care, they will last a lifetime!

 

Handwashing – highly recommended for longevity of your hand knit and for items with pom poms or tassels.

    Use cold water (27ºC max.) with a small amount of mild soap or baby shampoo. The less suds the better. (For the alpaca fibre - using hot water, or even two different temperatures of water, will “shock” the fibres causing them to felt)

    • Do not use bleach or chlorine.
    • Soak the garment for up to 5 minutes and rinse in clean, cold water. Gently squeeze out the excess water or lay the garment on a towel and roll up. Do not wring or twist; handle gently to avoid wrinkles and distortion.
    • Dry the garment in a flat position out of direct sunlight (do not hang to dry). Reshape and smooth out as necessary.
    • If the garment is wrinkled after drying, you can steam it lightly with an iron, or simply hang it up in the bathroom, run the shower, and let the steam ease away the creases.

     

    Machine Washing

     Garments can be machine washed but it is not the preferred care method.

    • Machine wash in cool water with a mild soap on delicate cycle.
    • Never use bleach or chlorine.
    • Dry the garment in a flat position out of direct sunlight (do not hang to dry). Reshape and smooth out as necessary.
    • If the garment is wrinkled after drying, you can steam it lightly with an iron, or simply hang it up in the bathroom, run the shower, and let the steam ease away the creases.

     

    Dry Cleaning

    • Inform the cleaner of any spots or stains.
    • Ask the cleaner to use a fresh solvent in low heat and a process that does not involve tumbling.
    • It is recommended that you go to a dry cleaner that has previously dealt with alpaca or pima cotton.

      

      GARMENT STORAGE -

      Love your hand knit item and it will love you back

      Alpaca clothing can last for decades, but its greatest enemies are moths and other pests that cause damage during storage. They are drawn to dirt and body oils on the fibres.

      Before storing, make sure that the item is washed and fully dry.

      Store the hand knit flat in a clean pillow case, clean paper bag, or cardboard box to keep the air circulating around the garment. Never use plastic bags, as this will cause moisture to build up (and for alpcaca - the fibres will felt)

      As a precaution, we do not advise hanging knit garments.

      There are various techniques to avoid damage resulting from the presence of moths, the natural remedies are lavender and cedar.