Caring for your Garments

Quality garments require quality care. Each piece you purchase likely has a specific set of instructions on how to be cleaned and cared for. It’s no surprise that how well you take care of your clothes has a large impact on how long your clothes will last while still looking (and smelling) fresh. However, we know doing laundry and taking clothes to the dry cleaner requires a lot of time and money.

The Laundress makes taking care of your investment pieces easy by offering eco-friendly detergents and fabric care products that take care of you, the garments you care about most, and the environment. The scents are one of a kind and stay fresh all day. They’ve even partnered with one of our all-time favorite brands- Le Labo.

Whether it’s helping the environment by using less water or helping your pockets by taking out costly dry cleaning, The Laundress has a product for you (and your investment pieces!)

1. Wool & Cashmere

For delicate knits, we recommend the Wool & Cashmere Shampoo, Wool & Cashmere Spray, and the Sweater Stone.

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  • Pretreat any stains that may be on the garment
  • For hand washing:
    • Add 2 capfuls of Wool & Cashmere shampoo to a wash basin or sink of cold water.
    • Submerge item and gently agitate the water with your hands to evenly distribute soap.
    • Let soak for up to 30 minutes.
    • Rinse well by running cool water through the item until the water is no longer soapy.
    • Do not wring. Instead, gently press the water out of the item.
  • For machine washing:
    • Turn the item inside out, and place it in a Mesh Washing Bag.
    • Select the woolens/delicate cycle on the washing machine, and make sure the water temperature is cold and the spin is on low.
    • Add the appropriate amount of shampoo according to the machine and load size.
  • Use the Wool & Cashmere Spray to repel moths, remove odor, and leave your clothes smelling and feeling fresh.
  • Renew your sweaters of unsightly pills with the Sweater Stone.

 

2. Delicates

We recommend the lady scented Delicate Wash and Delicate Spray. Hand washing is the best and safest way to handle your delicates, but we will also show you how to machine wash them if you prefer.

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  • Always test silk pieces for color bleeding before beginning wash.
  • For hand washing:
    • Add 2 capfuls of Delicate Wash to a wash basin or sink of cold water.
    • Submerge item and gently agitate the water with your hands to evenly distribute soap.
    • Let soak for up to 30 minutes.
    • Rinse well by running cool water through the item until the water is no longer soapy.
    • Do not wring. Instead, gently press the water out of the item.
  • For machine washing:
    • Turn the item inside out, and place it in a Mesh Washing Bag.
    • Select the delicate cycle on the washing machine, and make sure the water temperature is cold and the spin is on low.
    • Add the appropriate amount of Delicate Wash according to the machine and load size.
  • To dry, lay the item flat on a drying rack or hang to dry. (Do NOT put it in the dryer!)
  • Use the Delicate Spray to keep your dainty items (silk, lingerie, hosiery, dresses, etc.) smelling and looking fresh.

 

3. Denim

One of the biggest denim mistakes comes from too much washing. Cotton already requires a lot of water to grow, so it's best to try and not waste as much as you can when it comes to cleaning your jeans. To help the environment, your clothes, and your budget, we recommend the classic scented Denim Wash and Fabric Fresh.

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  • Sort denim into colored and white
  • Adjust water temperature
    • We recommend washing colored denim in cool water and white denim in hot water.
  • Add Detergent as follows:
    • Handwash = 2 capfuls (up to 32 washes)
    • HE Machine, Regular Cycle = 4 capfuls (up to 16 washes)
    • Non-HE Machine, Regular Cycle = 8 capfuls (up to 8 washes)
  • Hang dry, or tumble dry on low heat.
  • Use the Fabric Fresh spray to keep your denim clean and fresh between washes.

 

4. All-Purpose:

We recommend the Le Labo Signature Detergent in Santal 33 or Rose 31.

Le Labo

  • Sort laundry by like colors and/or materials.
    • Test new vibrant pieces for color bleeding before washing them with other garments!
  • Adjust water temperature and cycle setting for the level of cleaning required (dirtiness) and the size of the load.
    • Wash white sheets and towels separate from clothing. They are best laundered with hot water and a long wash cycle.
    • Everyday colors can be laundered using a normal cycle with warm or cold water.
  • Add Detergent according to machine type and load size
  • Dry, finish, and love your clothes longer!

 

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