Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Care Your Eco Furs Well

Eco Furs are tufted with soft and fine, 100% lamb's wool yarn that is tightly twisted so it doesn't fray or unravel when cut. It's also finished moth resistant. Base cloth of products is durable and lightweight 100% jute fabric. Products are lined either with 100% silk which is ideal for warmer climates and indoor use or polyester satin that is more durable and wind resistant. All zips used are durable and if metal, they're Anti-Nickel finished too.

In general woollen products don't need washing too often, as they're not usually worn straight against skin. Hanging them outdoors in fresh, dry breeze for some time many times does the cleaning job. Woollens also like being rolled around in fresh, clean & dry snow if some is available. It freshens up their looks and feeling significantly. Just remember to shake all remaining snow off and let the garment dry properly before storage.

Should your Eco Furs item need more thorough cleaning it is to be professionally dry cleaned. Heli products can't be soaked through in water. However if they're stained depending on stains it's safe to remove them by carefully following wool hand wash instructions:

*Clean the stained area by squeezing the wool gently between your fingers (do not rub) in light mixture of lukewarm water and Pine/Marseille Soap until the stain fades. Rinse the area with cold water, press excess water off with tissue and shake the garment to get it airy again. Dry on a hanger.

When bringing your textile to the Laundrette, please show the staff the care label attached to the left side seam inside your coat/jacket/vest or neck of smaller items with the care symbols (below) printed on it and ask them to wash the item with chemicals that don't remove the lanolin from wool and don't shrink the product.

If the tuft of your garment/home textile is bent funny ways on delivery/ during storage straighten it with steam from iron or steamer. Iron setting '2 points', when warm bring the iron to 2-3 cm distance from tuft and let steam come out. Bring iron away and immediately comb tuft straight with your fingers - in any circumstances try not to touch/press the tuft with iron. When finished shake the textile airy and let dry on a hanger. With iron setting '1 points' only iron lining normally if needed.

Wool keeps you warm even when damp. However the garments are not recommended to be worn in direct, pouring rain because it may make the tuft felt. Direct sunlight fades the colours of wool so store your garment, or hang your wall decor on the wall out of direct sunlight.

Products are stored best in the suit bags they come with, in dry and cool (18 degrees) temperature. Always hang the bag in your wardrobe unfolded as the inside of the bag is breathable material and so it lets the product breathe, too. Folded, zip-sealed suit bag is showerproof.
I also create little seasonal collections of tufted accessories and interior decoration textiles with recycled materials by cutting them into long strips and tufting the items with them. Also synthetic yarns with synthetic base cloth (knitted, woven, etc) are used in these items sometimes for special look and easy care.

Photos: Heli

Stick toys are tufted with synthetic yarns and the base is synthetic too. They endure quick soak through in cool water. Follow wool hand wash instructions* when washing them. Dry thoroughly in mild summer breeze or in room temperature. 

Products made from plastic bags love quick hand wash in cool water and mild washing detergent mix. They dry almost at instant in mild summer breeze. Plastic products are not recommended to be used or stored in very hot and frosty conditions, that may weaken the plastic and cause it to break.

Comprehensive targeted care instructions are found attached to every Tufted Luxury item's  swing envelope. If you don't have it handy when travelling for example, you can double check the instructions here or on my website too. - And if you are unsure even a smallest bit don't hesitate to contact me, I'm very happy to help.

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