Wash Care

How to wash| Occasion Dresses |Embellished Dresses

Hand Wash Guide

Always check the garment's care label instructions before starting. Remember that delicate items are usually less soiled than heavier-duty garments and require a minimum of handling during the washing process.

Hand washing may feel foreign to many of us as we are so used to having the use of a washing machine, although it still maybe the case with some people who do not have a washing machine, otherwise  the instructions are still the same.

When it comes to our valued garments, wash care of garments can be can be somewhat confusing but the first place to find out is your local dry cleaner who can advise on your care label washing recommendation.

Dry Cleaning

A rule of the thumb that I use is that your treasured garments should generally be dry cleaned.

When you take an item to the dry cleaner, you need to be specific about your concerns and ask how the cleaner plans to approach cleaning your garment. As an extra precaution get them to test your garment before commencing.

To further calm your doubts, ask your dry cleaner if he has insurance, to cover reimbursement for damage or offers a guarantee. If not, you may later feel uncomfortable asking a small-business owner to re-reimburse £2,000 to replace your ruined expensive garment.

5 Steps | To Hand Washing your Evening Dress

Prepare Your Clothes for Washing

Prior to washing your garment, you will need the following items to hand wash and dry your garment.

Step 1

The bath is large enough to fit your evening dress or garment. Run a bath of cold/lukewarm water. Add a small amount of non-biological liquid detergent. Stir the water to dissolve the detergent until bubbles can be seen.

 

Step 2

Submerge the evening dress into water and gently stir it around to loosen any dirt. Hand-wash your garment lightly and do not let it stay in the water for a long period of more than a couple of minutes. Do not twist or wring the embellished garment.

 

 

Step 3
Drain the soapy water and refill with clean cold water. Gently stir the evening dress around to remove the soap. Repeat until the dress is free from soap residue. Embellishment can get tangled up with delicate fabric during washing, therefore try not to stir the dress around too much.

 

Step 4

The best method to dry your dress is to air dry it. Zip up the dress and close all the hooks and buttons. Do not place it in direct sunlight because your clothing might fade and the sunlight will decrease the adhesive that your embellishment is attached to. Carefully turn the evening dress inside out and place in shady and breezy area flat on a clothes dryer.

Step 5

Keep your embellished garment in a place in your closet (wardrobe) where it won't rub against other articles of clothing.

It’s best to use a plastic cover over your garment to keep it safe from dust and to protect the embellished stones.

Keep the item separate from the rest of your clothes in order to keep it looking nice.

 

Spot cleaning Tip

 

  • Soft damp cloth
  • Tough stain or oil based then use a laundry detergent
  • Gently dab the area with the stain with your soft clean cloth, apply more detergent by rinsing cloth for tougher stains
  • Once the stain is removed place the garment on a towel to dry

 

IRONING an Embellished Dress
About ironing embellished clothing; “NEVER LET THE IRON COME IN DIRECT CONTACT WITH STONES OR THE FABRIC AROUND THEM”.

  • Before ironing, you will need to use a piece of cotton fabric that you place between the iron and the garment, to stop overheating and burning the garment denoted by a shiny surface. 
  • Move the cotton cloth with the iron. 
  • Keep your iron on medium heat and do not let the fabric or the stones get to hot...It will melt the adhesive and the stone will reposition itself and leave a not fixable glue smear. 
  • Its best to iron the fabric as directed, but do it a section at a time. You will iron the front and before moving the fabric to iron the next area, let it sit for 5 minutes and cool down. This way you can be assured the glue if it did start to melt won't run or smear when the item is moved. If your embellishments are large do not put the iron on them even with the cotton fabric. You will have to go around them with the iron.


I hope you now have a better understanding how to care for your embellished evening dresses. When you give all the attention it needs, you’ll be rewarded with an investment that last a long time. Make your embellished evening dress worth it!

Summary

  • Never throw rhinestone embellished clothing in the washing machine. They may or may not survive. 
  • Wash them by hand in cold water mild detergent
  • Rinse well
  • Don't twist or wring the item.
  • After washing place the dress on a clothes dryer and air dry (as illustrated). 
  • Dry cleaning is not usually recommended for rhinestone embellished clothing. Check with your local dry cleaner some items may be able to be cleaned.

 

 

 

Fabric Wash Care Guide

This guide explains the maintenance and clothing care of your garments, about how you should wash, dry, iron and bleach your clothes – taking you through all the essential steps of taking care of your wardrobe boutique clothing.
We have also listed a comprehensive range of solutions to the treatment of fabric stains.

Acetate fabrics
Fabrics containing a high amount of acetate lose form and brilliance after washing. As alternative chemical cleaning, is highly recommended which these textiles usually tolerate very well. The maximum temperature for ironing should not exceed 120°C due to the danger of causing irreversible damage to the fabric. Please follow the textile care symbols

Cotton fabrics
Clothing’s and home textiles made from cotton with boil-proof colours are in general boil-proof as a whole. Especially in the area of outerwear there is however qualities used which are not suitable for a washing treatment as they would shrink too much. Please take note of the textile care symbols and ask a textile cleaning company in your neighbourhood if you are uncertain. Cotton fabrics without specific conditioning (e.g. Cotton jackets)
can normally be ironed with temperatures up to 200°C.
Cupro fabrics
Please be careful when washing articles made from Cupro and follow the care instructions. Cupro textiles should be ironed with a maximum temperature of 150°C.
Microfiber fabrics
Polyesters, polyamides (nylon), and or a conjugation of polyester and polyamide
To clean fabrics made from microfiber at home, please wash them only with a washing program for delicate clothes at a low temperature. Afterwards please try the microfiber textiles at air to avoid folds and crinkles. Ironing and steaming only from the back side at low temperatures. To maintain the high quality of microfiber textiles it is recommended to impregnate them regularly.
Nylon fabrics
Textiles made from nylon are washable and allow chemical cleaning. Please be careful not to wash these items at too high temperatures. For ironing the maximum temperature is 150°C.
Polyacrylic fabrics
Products made from or with polyacrylics are washable in principle. However please keep the temperature at a low level and follow the treatment instructions. Do not dry in a dryer and avoid steaming.
Polyamide fabrics
When washing clothes or home textiles made from polyamide please take care not to use to high temperatures. Otherwise the articles are in danger to shrink or crinkle. In general textiles made from polyamide are highly susceptible to heat. Please iron at low temperatures only.
Polyester fabrics
Textiles made from polyester are washable and allow chemical cleaning. Please be careful not to wash these items at too high temperatures. For ironing the maximum temperature is 150°C.
Polyethylene / Polypropylene fabrics
The treatment of textiles made from polyethylene or polypropylene can be done wet and by low temperature. These fabrics should not be ironed.
Polyurethane fabrics
When washing clothes or home textiles made from polyurethane please do not to use too high temperatures. Otherwise the articles are in danger to shrink or crinkle. Textiles made from polyurethane are highly susceptible to heat. Please iron at low temperatures only.
Silk fabrics
Please take note of the following when cleaning silk:
• Do not use bleach
• Avoid direct and strong sun light
• Do not use water for ironing
• Do not spray silk with perfume or deodorant
• Do not use water to remove stains
• Do not wring out silk
• Always iron silk from the back side only
   Silk can not only be cleaned chemically, you can also hand wash your silk products. Here is a short instruction to hand wash silk:
1. Use special silk shampoo or mild soap.
2. Soak both sides of the silk for about 3-5 minutes in hand-hot water. (Wash dark or printed silk only short in a COLD hand bath, do not soak!)
3. In this time move the fabric slightly back and forth. (Do not wring out!). As soon as the silk is wet be more cautious, the fabric is more delicate in this condition.
4. After max. 5 minutes remove the silk and rinse the fabric with cold water and an added tea spoon of wine vinegar to completely remove the soap residues
5. Afterwards roll the silk into a dry towel to remove the remaining liquid.
(For dark or printed silk please use several layers of towel.)
6. Then roll it out flat and slightly pull the corners straight.
7. Always iron silk from the "wrong" side only. Also the silk should still be slightly wet for ironing. Take care with the settings of your electric iron. Silk must not be ironed too hot!
Viscose fabrics
Please be careful when washing articles made from viscose and follow the care instructions. Viscose textiles should be ironed with a maximum temperature of 150°C.
PVC fabrics
Dry-clean or wipe clean, cool iron and Press on wrong side.
Wool fabrics
Clean wool fabric using a mild detergent in lukewarm water. Never use hot water! Does NOT use bleach? Bleach dissolves wool fabric.
Completely cover the garment in water and soak for 3 to 5 minutes. Gently squeeze to allow water to penetrate the fabric. Do NOT wring the garment.
Rinse thoroughly with cool water to remove all traces of soap.
Squeeze gently to remove excess water. Do NOT wring the garment.
To dry, lay the garment on a flat surface, reshaping if necessary and allow drying away from direct sunlight and heat. Do NOT hang to dry. This will cause the wool fabric to stretch from the weight of the water that has soaked into the fibres.
Never put wool clothing in the dryer! The combination of heat, friction and pressure will cause shrinkage.

 

Treatment of fabric stains

 Treatment for all purpose glue

Please dab the fabric first with acetone or nail polish remover. Then wash it normally. Don't use this method with Acetate.

Applies to: cotton, linen
Treatment for ink stains

First rub the affected area with a warm, 5% salt of sorrel (oxalic acid) solution, then wash as usual.
Applies to: cotton, linen

Treatment for beer stains

Soak in sparkling water, and then wash as usual.
Applies to: cotton, linen, viscose, wool

Treatment for blood stains

Soak in sour milk, then rinse out and wash as usual.
Applies to: cotton, linen, viscose

Treatment for blueberry stains

Treat with liquid mild detergent as fast as possible, and then wash out with warm water.
Applies to: cotton, linen, viscose

Treatment for butter stains

Please wash out the stains in a cold salt water bath. Soak old blood stains in cotton and linen at 30ºc over night in an enzymatic detergent. Afterwards wash normally.
Applies to: cotton, linen, viscose, wool

Treatment for chewing gum

After hardening of the chewing gum loosen it with a clean knife. Then treat the stain with brush cleaner. Afterwards wash per instruction.
Applies to: cotton, linen

Treatment for chocolate stains

First remove the chocolate with a clean knife. Afterwards wash out first with cold, then with warm water and soap.
Applies to: acetate, cotton, linen, viscose, wool

Treatment for cocoa stains

Wash out with hand-hot water and soap.
Applies to: cotton, linen, silk, viscose, wool

Treatment for coffee stains

Loosen with warm water and glycerrin for cotton and linen it's sufficient to treat coffee stains (without milk) with hot water only.
Applies to: cotton, linen, silk, viscose, wool

Treatment for cola / coke stains

Wash as fast as possible. Soak old Cola / Coke stains in an enzymatic detergent. Don't soak wool but loosen the stain with mineral water.
Applies to: cotton, linen, viscose, wool

Treatment for colour stains

Pre-treat and rinse out with soap and water first. Then wash as usual.
Applies to: acetate, cotton, linen, silk, viscose, wool

Treatment for curry stains

First wash out with hand-hot water. Then rub the stain with denatured alcohol or spirit. Please only dab delicate fabrics. Afterwards wash as usual.
Applies to: cotton, linen

Treatment for egg yolk stains

Cover with a thick layer of salt and let it dry. Afterwards brush it out, dab with cold water and wash as usual.
Applies to: cotton, linen, silk, viscose, wool

Treatment for fat stains

Pre-treat with liquid mild detergent, and then wash normal. Please pre-treat wool only with benzine.
Applies to: acetate, cotton, linen, silk, viscose, wool

Treatment for food colouring stains

Hand wash with hot water usually is sufficient. If necessary treat with ox-gall or curd soap will help.
Applies to: cotton, linen, viscose

 Treatment for fruit stains

Soak the dirty fabric in milk for some hours. Then rinse it carefully and wash per instruction. If necessary use white fabrics can be bleached with javelle water.
Applies to: cotton, linen

Treatment for fruit juice stains

First loosen the stain with mineral water, and then wash per instruction.
Applies to: acetate, cotton, linen, silk, viscose, wool

Treatment for grass stains

First dab the dirty fabric with denatured alcohol or spirit. If necessary treat with hydrogen peroxide or javelle water as specified.
Applies to: cotton, linen

Treatment for gravy stains

Treat with liquid mild detergent as fast as possible, and then wash out with warm water.
Applies to: cotton, linen, silk, viscose, wool

Treatment for hair colour stains

First loosen the stain wit alcohol. White fabric may be treated with javelle water. Afterwards wash out completely. In most cases it's impossible to remove hair colour from silk or wool.
Applies to: cotton, linen

Treatment for honey stains

Pre-treatment - rinse in hand-hot water. Then wash with suds.
Applies to: cotton, linen, viscose

Treatment for ice cream stains

Loosen the stain cold, and then wash the fabric per instruction.
Applies to: acetate, cotton, linen, silk, viscose, wool

Treatment for iodine stains

This will fade out over time. However, it’s more efficient to immediately soak the dirty fabric in hand-hot water with sodium thiosulfate (1 teaspoon per 1/2 l) and wash as usual afterwards.
Applies to: cotton, linen

Treatment for jam stains

Please soak in hand-hot water before washing.
Applies to: cotton, linen, viscose, wool

Treatment for ketchup stains

The best way is to treat the ketchup stain with a warm soapy solution. Alternatively you can treat the stain with liquid detergent before washing.
Applies to: cotton, linen

Treatment for lipstick stains

Dab with denatured alcohol or spirit before washing.
Applies to: cotton, linen, viscose, wool

Treatment for make-up stains

Dab with alcohol or facial tonic before washing.
Applies to: cotton, linen, viscose, wool

Treatment for marker stains

Cover with glycerrin to pre-treat the fabric. Then wash per instruction.
Applies to: cotton, linen, viscose, wool, silk

Treatment for mayonnaise stains

First remove the mayonnaise carefully with a clean knife. Then dab the stain with a liquid mild detergent and wash out with hand-hot water.
Applies to: cotton, linen, silk, viscose, wool

Treatment for milk stains

Wash with an enzymatic detergent at 30°C. If required a secondary treatment with thinned ammonia solution is possible.
Applies to: cotton, linen

Treatment for mustard stains

Please dab the fabric first with acetone or nail polish remover. Then wash it normally.
Applies to: cotton, linen

Treatment for nail polish stains

Soak the dirty fabric in milk for some hours. Then rinse it carefully and wash per instruction. If necessary, white fabrics can be bleached with javelle water.
Applies to: cotton, linen, wool

Treatment for oil stains

Make an mixture of lemon juice and alcohol isopropanol or denatured alcohol) and rub the stain. Afterwards dab with detergent foam.
Applies to: cotton, linen

Treatment for perfume stains

Dab the stain with alcohol before washing.
Applies to: cotton, linen, wool

Treatment for perspiration stains

Add two table spoons of salt to your washing load. Please refer to a professional cleaner for wool and silk.
Applies to: cotton, linen

Treatment for protein stains

Wash out cold first. Then wash as usually.
Applies to: acetate, cotton, linen, silk, viscose, wool

Treatment for red wine stains

Cover the red wine stain with a thick layer of salt as fast as possible and pour hot water on it. Alternatively you could pour white wine over the stain immediately after the mishap.
Applies to: cotton, linen

Treatment for rust stains

Treat with rust remover per instruction. Alternatively you can rub the affected area with a warm, 5% salt of sorrel (oxalic acid) solution. Afterwards wash as usual.
Applies to: cotton, linen

Treatment for resin stains

Treat with trichloroethylene  and then wash as usual.
Applies to: cotton, linen

Treatment for shoe stains

Scrape off the show polish fast from the fabric. Afterwards loosen the rest with turpentine and wash as usual. Old show polish stains you should first loosen with brush cleaner and if necessary soak the fabric in javelle water (Please don't use with wool).
Applies to: cotton, linen, wool

Treatment for tanning lotion stains

It's very difficult to remove this kind of stains. Bleach in javelle water, then wash as usual.

Applies to: cotton, linen

Treatment for tar stains

First scrape off the tar with a clean knife. Then rub the stain with butter of glycerin and leave it there for several hours. Afterwards clean with benzine or denatured alcohol and wash as usual.
Applies to: cotton, linen

Treatment for tea stains

Normally rinsing with hand-hot water is sufficient. If necessary, treatment with ox-gall or curd soap will help.
Applies to: cotton, linen, silk, viscose, wool

Treatment for tomato stains

The best way is to treat the tomato stain with warm soap suds. Alternatively you can use a liquid detergent for treatment before washing.
Applies to: cotton, linen

Treatment for urine stains

Drizzle lemon juice over the affected area and let it work for some time. Afterwards wash as usual.
Applies to: cotton, linen, viscose, wool

Treatment for vegetable stains

Pre-treat with liquid mild detergent, then wash per instructions. Please treat severe stains on white fabric with javelle water.
Applies to: cotton, linen

Treatment for wax stains

Iron out the wax between blotting paper (also usable kitchen role or tissue paper) in several rounds. If required treat the remaining wax stains with denatured alcohol afterwards.
Applies to: cotton, linen

 Treatment for soot stains

First, siphon off the dirt, then dab with brush cleaner. Afterwards wash as usual.
Applies to: cotton, linen, wool

 

  • ments are large do not put the iron on them even with the cotton fabric. You will have to go around them with the iron. 
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