TIPS & TRICKS
Apparel and textile maintenance is a profession in itself. With the tips & tricks hereafter O'PURO hopes to answer most common questions in order to keep your precious clothes in good condition. For more professional tips, visit http://www.fbt-online.be , the website of the Federation of Belgian Textile Care (FBT) of which O’PURO is a member.
Everyone wants to live as healthy as possible. Some basic rules help us in doing so. We all know that smoking is bad for our health. If we don’t brush our teeth twice a day, we get cavities. Too much unsaturated fats are bad for the heart. And we can go on for a while.
If we don’t respect these basic rules, all health initiatives and medicine are useless. In order to keep apparel and textiles in good condition some rules also apply. In short, the following O'PURO tips can only be realistic if we take into account basic rule number 1.
Basic Rule Number 1: Have Your Dirty Clothes Cleaned As Soon As Possible
To avoid that stains “nestle” in the fabric, they must be removed as soon as possible. You cannot expect a 100% success rate of a detergent or the dry cleaners if dirty clothes remain in the hamper or on the back seat of the car for a week.
Always Consult The Maintenance And Composition Label In Garments
The composition of textiles is becoming increasingly complex. Therefore, always read the cleaning instructions as well as the composition label to find out how the garment should be cleaned. See our maintenance symbols.
Don’t Overload The Washing Machine And The Tumbler
Ideally you can freely move your hand on top of the laundry in the washing machine and the dryer. Don’t leave wet laundry too long in the washing machine. Colors may run out.
Save On Electricity
Electricity gets more and more expensive and scarce. Preferably you do the laundry after 10 pm to benefit from special energy rates. If the washing machine is working overnight, set your alarm clock as to take out the laundry at the end of the wash cycle. You can wash most clothes at max 30 degrees, thus you save electricity.
Using the spin drier at a lower speed makes apparel and textiles more wear resistant.
Use the specified amount of detergent and fabric softener, no more, and no less! Never apply a detergent directly on clothing as this can create stains. Stain removers are exceptions to this rule. At least once a month switch on the washing machine at 95 degrees with 1 ½ cups of household soda that you first solve in hot water and add to the empty drum.
Then switch on the machine one more time at 95 degrees without soda. This prevents clogging due to soap residues and bacteria causing nasty smells and bright and/or dark stains in garments. You also have to clean the filter, the soap dish and the rubber board in the doorway regularly. Get also tips from the Laundress ! Products also available in our Webshop.
Drying And Ironing
Don’t put your luxury clothing in the tumbler. Fine fabrics may shrink tremendously in the tumbler. Always iron your clothing inside out, and for dark fabrics use possibly a cloth. Preferably don’t iron edges and shirt-collars and if you do, do it very gently using a cloth.
This will prevent premature wear and discoloration.
Select Laundry On Colour And Material
Never wash white garments with white towels, otherwise the clothing will look grubby. Turn garments inside out and close zippers to prevent damage to other clothing.
Bright and dark colors can fade into light fabrics. Prior to the first washing you have to put such textile approx. 3 hours in a bucket of cold water with 1½ cups of natural vinegar and two tablespoons of salt. Wash these delicate clothes inside out and with half of the prescribed detergent from our product range, available in the O’PURO service points and the web shop.
You can wash white clothing with colored stitching, embroidery or a colored print together with white garments. Turn these clothing items inside out and wash them with a detergent for colored laundry. Because detergents for white laundry may enhance colors fade out.
Immediately after the washing process you take the laundry out of the washing machine as to prevent colors from fading out.
Clothing With Prints
Always wash garments with prints inside out at max 30 degrees with a delicate detergent available in the O’PURO service points and the web shop. Never dry these clothing items in the tumbler and always iron them inside out.
Silk Scarves Or With Silk, Modal (= Cellulose Fibres) And Other Thin Delicate Fabrics
Often airing delicate fabrics is enough to give a feeling of freshness. If you want to wash delicate fabrics anyway, first read thoroughly the washing instructions. Possibly wash the delicate fabrics a few minutes in cold water with a little bit of detergent for delicate fabrics available in the O’PURO service points and web shop.
Then rinse, do not wring. Wrap the delicate fabric in a towel and press out the water. Then carefully pull the garment back into shape. Protect your silk and delicate clothes putting moth paper or mothballs in your wardrobe.
Raw denim (unwashed jeans) in dark indigo-colors give off on light fabrics. Before the first use, put the jeans garment inside out in a bucket of cold water with 1½ cups of organic vinegar for 12 hours. This will fixate the colors and prevent them from fading out on other clothing. However, we cannot guarantee 100% success. Wash dark jeans as little as possible; airing the jeans garment after use is often enough.
Bright colour jeans can be washed with Signature, a detergent for colored laundry, and dark jeans with Denim, a detergent for dark jeans, both of The Laundress range and available in the O'PURO service points and web shop. Wash at a temperature of maximum 30 degrees. The leather logo may shrink or fade out on the clothing if the washing temperature is too high.
Don't overload the washing machine. This can cause irreparable visible white stripes in the jeans fabric. Preferably do not dry jeans in the tumbler. Temperature gets too high in an overloaded tumbler and consequently the leather logo may shrink or cause discolorations.
Garments With Stretch
More and more outerwear and pants contain stretch. It is recommended to wash these garments inside out at 30 degrees with a detergent for delicate fabrics from The Laundress range available in the O'PURO service points and web shop. Ironing at low temperature.
Be careful during the ironing because high temperatures can harden the stretch and consequently the fabric may tear.
Let’s first make the distinction between genuine leather, the noble material, and the synthetic, artificial material, which is a kind of plastic. Here we are talking about real leather. The composition label and cleaning instructions in the garment will confirm whether it is about genuine leather or the plastic substitute. Make sure that you protect leather garments against excessive sunlight otherwise they may quickly discolor.
Leather clothing doesn’t stand rain either! Protect a new leather garment immediately after purchase by using twice (with an interval of two hours) a leather wax spray (for smooth leather) or an impregnation spray without wax (for suede and rough leather). Always hang a leather jacket or coat on a hanger.
Sheep and goat leather are drier than calfskin and need regular treatment with a leather protector. This will prevent the leather from drying out and the rain will cause less stains.
Costumes And Coats
Always hang a costume or coat on a hanger after wearing it. Make sure there is sufficient space between the different garments in your wardrobe to prevent wrinkling. Also in the car hang your jacket or coat on a hanger for the same reason. Never clean a costume yourself, air it after wearing and leave the cleaning to O'PURO, the green dry cleaners.
O'PURO will also remove all stains. Our experienced staff can freshen up and iron your costume at an interesting rate. Costumes are often made of wool and consequently they are not waterproof. Therefore we recommend wearing an overcoat and using an umbrella!
Washing Instructions Wool
Protect your woolen clothes against moths by putting moth paper or mothballs in your wardrobe. After wearing a woolen garment it is recommended to leave it untouched and flattened as to bring back the wool in shape. Wool has stain-resistant properties because it contains wool grease (lanolin), which means that wool only needs to be washed from time to time.It is recommended to air the garment in the open air, out of the sun. Fog, morning dew or steam (in the bathroom) are very good for wool too.
Wash woolen clothing following the washing instructions of the wool program, in cold water and at low speed. Use a liquid detergent for delicate fabrics from The Laundress range available in the O'PURO service points and web shop. These products don’t contain harsh ingredients and are ideally suited for wool. A small amount of soap is sufficient so that the wool retains its natural protective layer.
Wool does not require fabric softener. Wash woolen garments separately so that these can move loosely in the drum. If the clothes are still too wet because of the low spin speed, switch on the washing machine with the draining or spin-dry program for one more minute at high speed. Thus the wool fibers will get back their normal volume and the garment will dry faster.
Attention please: the program normally takes about 7 minutes but in the case of wool one minute will do. Spin-drying for too long damages the garment! Take the clothes out of the washing machine immediately after the washing process and let them dry, preferably flat, away from a heat source.