CARE OF YOUR CLASSIC FLEECE GARMENTS
Our garments are made of superior quality fabrics, which stay in good condition if used for the right purpose and well cared for.
All the clothing is machine washable, apart from wool garments that need dry cleaning and coated nylon that is best wiped clean.
Never use fabric conditioner for any schoolwear, to prevent limpness and pilling (bobbling).
Our classic fleece is brushed at the back and must be ‘machined’ washed, inside out, before wearing. It interlocks the fibres (the fluff), which improves the hard wearing qualities and prevents pilling.
To help retain the appearance of this fabric we offer the following advice;
Do not overload your washing machine, there must be enough room for mechanical action and rinsing.
Separate dark and light coloured garments, close zips and wash garment inside out.
Even colour-fast dyes are subject to ‘bleeding’ during initial washes.
Drying garments in direct sunlight can cause discolouring, white garments included.
Do not iron over the seams or ribbing (cuffs, welt or neck) of fleece garments, if possible do not iron at all.
Skirts and pinafores are permanent pleated, no ironing required.
Launder at a maximum of 40°c on a reduced action and dry flat.
Acrylics do not like excessive heat. This can cause the fibres to fracture and the rib to lose elasticity. If tumble drying is necessary use a cool setting.
CARE OF ALL COTTON FABRIC GARMENTS
Wash at max. 40°c using a COLOUR detergent. Many BIO’s and ULTRA detergents contain bleaching agents often referred to as OBA’s. All Cotton garments are susceptible to fade from such detergents.
For further information on cotton garments refer to ‘Sudds Law’ below.
Warning: Heavy Duty Washing Powders can cause serious damage to your garments
The effects of Low Temperature Laundry Detergents on Colour Garments
For the customer , lower temperature washes mean lower bills, and the promise of lower bills sell soap powder, hence the incentive to develop heavy duty powders whose ingredients are strong enough to shift dirt without the need to use hot water.
It is precisely the active nature of the accelerators required for lower temperature washes that is causing problems to manufacturers, printers and retailers.
The nature of cotton dyestuff is reactive, and so it reacts strongly to powerful bleaching agents present in the detergents, this is generally noticeable as an overall fading of the garment. Also the increased use of plastic balls inside washing machines means that there is more chance of the detergent coming into direct contact with the garment, this causes localised fading and also results in patches of fabric being striped of colour.
The problem is emphasised by the use of Delay Start Programs on modern washing machines, which postpone the start of the washing cycle to take advantage of cheaper electricity. Left in categories direct contact with the detergents for longer periods of time the bleaching effect becomes more extreme.
The answer is to use a detergent that is appropriate to the garment being laundered. According to Richard Crook, Secretary of the Home Laundering Consultative Council, there are three categories of basic detergents for delicate fabrics. He suggests that each household should have all three types in order to reduce fading and pilling and also to facilitate general care of delicate fabrics.
Most households still use a single detergent for their washing and suffer the inevitable consequences, and they automatically blame the retailer, or the garment manufacturer for supplying or producing shoddy goods.
The problem is unclear. Heavy duty detergents are not going to go away. In fact, even stronger formulas are likely to be developed as producers seek ever lower temperature washes that allow effective cold water laundry for environmental reasons (lower temperatures require less energy use).
THIS INFORMATION IS TO HELP YOU TO BE AWARE OF THE PROBLEMS THAT CAN ARISE WITH TODAYS DETERGENTS AND SHOULD GIVE YOU AN INSIGHT INTO CARING FOR THE GARMENT(s) YOU HAVE PURCHASED.
Common Wash Problems
Shrinkage – The major factors contributing to shrinkage are heat and excessive agitation. Do not wash at too high a temperature. Always wash on the most appropriate cycle and follow the care instructions.
Pilling & Bobbling – Abrasion and lack of regular washing cause fibre balls to appear on the surface of the fabric. Remove by carefully brushing or picking off.
Fading in Sunlight – Sunlight can be very harmful to fabrics and the effects are irreversible. Reduce exposure to direct sunlight wherever possible.
Colour Staining – Always wash similar colours together. Never leave damp garments together for any length of time.
Stain Removal – Most stains can be removed by soaking in cold water as long as the fabric is washable, but as with all stains, prompt attention is important. Do not use hot water to rinse the stain as it may cause it to set. Place the stain to be removed over an absorbent cloth or wad of kitchen paper. In order to avoid a ring, first target the area around the stain and then work towards the centre, preventing it from spreading into the fabric. Always test the removal method on a hidden part of the garment first to ensure that it does not harm the fabric.
Alcohol (Beer &Spirits) – Rinse or soak the stain in luke warm water and then launder in heavy duty detergent as per the care label.
Ball Point Pen – Apply methylated spirit or glycerine sparingly and mop up any loose colour. Rub any remaining stain with detergent and wash as per the care label.
Blood, Gravy, Egg, Ice-cream, Chocolate – Soak the stain in cold water and salt or in warm soapy water and then wash immediately as per the care label.
Coffee & Tea – Soak up liquid with an absorbent cloth and then sponge with warm water. Rinse with cold water and wash as per the care label.
Fat, Grease & Oils – Remove as much of the deposit as possible and work in neat washing up liquid with fingers. Treat with warm water and then wash immediately as per the care label
Make-up – Do not rub the stain. Pat with talcum powder to soak up any grease and then work in neat washing up liquid with fingers before washing.
Perspiration – Sponge with weak solution of water and vinegar then rinse. Launder as per the care label.
White Wine – Rinse the stain in warm water then soak in a warm detergent solution.
Red Wine – First soak the stained area immediately in white wine or soda water to remove the colour, and then launder as per the care label.