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DMC care guide

Care advise

OUR CARE GUIDE

We value our creations and would love to have you wearing them for seasons to come. It's also better for the environment. That's why we built up our Care Guide with tips and hacks on how to make clothing last longer. Scroll down to discover our long-time-wear advise.

CARING FOR VISCOSE

Viscose is a non-static fiber made from wood cellulose. It is often referred to as faux silk. Viscose's high moisture absorbency (13%, as opposed to 8% for cotton) can make it delicate to wash. We generally recommend washing viscose by hand. If machine-washed, use a delicate cycle type and drop down the spin cycle setting to 800.
Use cold or lukewarm water - 20°C is great.
Never squeeze, bunch up, or wring out viscose to remove water. This can tear the delicate fibers.
It is preferred to use a coat hanger for drying viscose clothing.
Do not use machine drying.
Iron it inside out. Be careful with degrees (110°C recommended), preferably using a damp cloth for greater precaution.
Viscose may shrink a little after the first wash but it would go back to normal after properly ironed.

care for viscose
care guide - wool

CARING FOR WOOL

Wool is a fibre sourced from the protective covering, or fleece, of sheep or other hairy mammals. It has a hydrophilic ability to wick away excess moisture, a built-in UV protection, natural wrinkle resistance and recovery, it is non-allergic, as well as resilient and durable. Dust and dirt can dull the appearance of wool fabrics, so we recommend brushing it with a gentle brush from time to time.
To remove cigarette or food odours hung your woven clothing in fresh air on a suitable hanger.
Wool garments can be refreshed using a steamer, too.
We recommend dry cleaning of wool garments, especially coats and blazers.

CARING FOR COTTON

Cotton is a natural fiber that comes from the seedpod of the cotton plant. It is breathable and preferred by many.
Machine wash is recommended with a gentle cycle and low temperature. Cotton will shrink more in hot water than cold, and fabric that’s loosely woven shrinks more than tighter weaves.
Shrinking of cotton usually occurs in the drying process, so avoid heat source for the drying process. Air dry is best recommended, as rapid drying causes the natural fibers to become scrunched together.
Always turn the cloths inside out to protect the outer side when washing and drying. This will keep the colors true longer.

Sophia white denim
Denina Martin white off dress

CARING FOR LYOCELL

Lyocell fabric is an eco-friendly fabric, made from the natural cellulose found in wood pulp. The fiber is economical in its use of energy and natural resources, and is fully biodegradable. Soft, breathable, lightweight, comfortable and great for sensitive skin. Hand-wash is recommended - in cold water with a gentle detergent. Lyocell will shrink about 3% with the first washing, and will resist shrinking from then on.
Machine washing, using a gentle cycle, is allowed. However, always refer to the garment care label.
Lyocell in darker shades may fade slightly after the first wash, which is normal for all natural fabrics.
When ironing, use a warm iron only. Too much direct heat may scorch the fabric.
Do not machine dry.

THE GOOD WASHING HABITS

To help your garments last longer, we recommend washing them inside out to avoid fabrics damage from zippers or buttons, as well as color fading.
Set the temperature low to avoid shrinking and decolorization.
Use fabric zipped bags for delicate fabrics like silk and viscose.
Use half of the recommended detergent. Better for the environment and better for the clothes as detergents can also wash off the color.
Do not mix various colors. Always wash only similarly-colored pieces together.
Set the spin cycle right - wool blends will require a slow spin speed (around 600rpm), synthetic and cotton will need around 800-1000 rpm.

the good washing habits
hand made collection of clothes

IRONING TIPS

Always iron inside out.
Set the temperature to low for delicate materials like silk and viscose. Cotton and linen can be ironed at higher temperatures.
We recommend ironing when the fabric is slightly damp when it comes to cotton, silk and viscose.
It is advisable to use a damp cotton cloth as a protection barrier between the iron and the garment.
We generally recommend steamers for delicate fabrics, including polyester which is temperature sensitive.

REMOVING STAINS

As a natural stain remover we recommend bicarbonate of soda. Salt also helps for greasy stains. However, some stains are hard to remove and you may use a specialist stain remover. Keep note that these are as aggressive as they are effective. Run a small test on a not-so-visible part of the garment, as there's always a risk of damaging the fiber. You can consult with your dry cleaning specialist, especially when it comes to delicate fabrics like silk and viscose.

removing stains guide
how to fix buttons

FIXING BUTTONS

Loosing a button should not be a reason to toss a piece of garment. That is why we provide our garments with a “back-up” button, attached to its care label.
Replacing it will require an appropriately colored thread and a needle.
Start by allocating the right spot of the button. You can also measure the distance in between all buttons if needed. Thread the needle and tie a knot at the end of the thread. Start from the upside going through the fabric where the button should be located. Go back on the surface now going through the wholes of the button. Back and fourth. Finish by making a few twists with the thread between the fabric and the button. Finish with a knot underneath the button.