We suggest taking the time to look over our general care recommendations below before washing your garment. As we work with a variety of speciality fibres and unique blends we recommend reading the care label on your specific garment or in the product listing for your unique garment.
Alpaca and Wool Garments:
Wool is a naturally odour resistant fibre and can absorb a large amount of water vapour. This helps prevent the build up of bacteria and unpleasant smells.
If your garment calls for hand wash, do not use the hand wash or delicate cycle on your machine as this can aggravate the fibres and cause shrinkage and felting.
Wash your garment in a clean basin using cool water and a mild or wool specific detergent. Do not use bleach or fabric softener. Dependant on the fibre, a small amount of colour transfer is normal for the first couple washes and will not fade your garment. The dyes we use are OEKO-TEX 100 certified and comply with consumer safety regulations.
Do not tumble dry. Remove excess water from your garment by folding and pressing water out. Lay your sweater flat to dry on a clean dry towel in a shaded area. By hand, carefully remove any wrinkles and straighten seams. Avoid hanging, twisting or crumpling the garment.
Ironing or steaming your garment on a cool heat setting is an easy way to remove any wrinkles and give the sweater a nice hand after washing.
We recommend dry cleaning as a safe option for larger, heavier garments that are prone to stretching when wet such as coats and robes. Point out any spots or stains to the cleaner prior to washing. Ask the cleaner to use a process that does not involve tumbling.
100% Pima Cotton Garments:
Our garments constructed with 100% Peruvian Pima cotton are safe to wash in the machine on a delicate or hand wash cycle. We recommend turning your garment inside out and and washing separately, using cool water and a mild detergent.
All of our cotton garments are pre-washed at our workshop in Peru for shrinkage however a very small amount of shrinkage may occur during the first couple of washes.
Do not tumble dry. Lay your sweater flat to dry on a clean dry towel in a shaded area. By hand, carefully remove any wrinkles and straighten seams. Avoid hanging, twisting or crumpling the garment.
Our Favourite Care Tricks:
Freshen Between Washes:
Limiting the amount of washing you put your knit garments through will help preserve the longevity. Hang your sweater inside out and spray all over using a gentle fabric freshener such as our Garment Groom included in our Sweater Care Kit. Leave the sweater to air out for 24 hours. This will help keep your sweater feeling and smelling fresh between washes.
Remove Surface Pills and Fluffs:
Pilling is a natural process that occurs in knit garments and can vary dependant on the specific fibre used. If you experience pilling on your garment we recommend using a pilling comb such as The Cedar Sweater Comb included in our Sweater Care Kit to remove pills and refresh your knits from time to time.
Safely Store Your Knit:
If you are storing your sweater for a longer period of time, always clean your sweater first. This is the first step to deter moths and insects from attacking your beloved knit while in storage. When your sweater is clean and ready to store, fold it nicely in a sealed box in a dry space. We recommend storing with cedar balls or cedar scent to deter moths. Alternatively, you can add a few drops of essential oil in lavender, rosemary, mint or eucalyptus scent to a paper towel and store with your knit.