Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Washing "Dry Clean" Items at Home

Machine wash if you're certain it's o.k. to do so.  Check the labels.  To minimize agitation, turn the items inside out and place them in a mesh laundry bag. Use a shorter and delicate cycle.  Pay attention to water temperatures.  

Hand wash the items to prevent shrinkage and bleeding.  Use a mild detergent.

Always, always, always skip the dryer.  Heat harms fibers.  Instead, push put the excess moisture (don't twist or wring) and lay the garment flat to dry on a white towel.  Or, let the garment air dry on top of a running dryer.  The moderate heat given off by the machine will speed up the process.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

More on Interpreting Labels * Dry Clean vs Dry Clean Only

If the tag says DRY-CLEAN ONLY, follow those instructions.  But, if it says DRY CLEAN it means that is is the recommended method, not the only method.

How should you decide?

Consider the fabric. Unless the label suggests otherwise, silk, acetate, velvet, wool, and taffeta items should be taken to the dry cleaner.  But, cotton, linen, cashmere, polyester, acrylic, and nylon can usually be washed at home.   

You should check for colorfastness before washing though.  Simply moisten a cotton ball with mild detergent and dab it on a hidden seam to see if any dye comes off.

Evaluate the detailing, too.  Before you wash anything with beading, sequins, stones, etc., make sure they are sewn on (you’ll see stitches, not glue) and colorfast.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

How Can You Tell If You Should Dry Clean Your Garments

The open circle means "DRY CLEAN"
The circle with an X through it means "DO NOT DRY CLEAN"

You may notice letters inside the dry cleaning symbols, but they're for the dry cleaning professionals.  They indicate the process, the solvent, the time, etc.  Do remember that if you see a circle on your label, that the manufacturer does recommend that you have it professionall dry clean it.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Ironing Has a Set of Symbols, Too!

Many of our customers don't like to iron, so they look carefully for garment care information related to ironing!  These symbols are actually quite easy to figure out.  Cool, warm and hot iron temperatures are indicated by number of dots. The more dots - the hotter the iron.

Of course the X through the iron means DO NOT IRON...and this is the one that some folks look for!

There is also an icon with an X through the steam which means that you should not iron the garment with steam.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Drying Instructions Part II

Line Dry, Hang Dry, Drip Dry, Dry Flat, Dry in the Shade, Line Dry in the Shade, Dry Flat in the Shade Drip Dry in the Shade and Do Not Wring,  Each of these has their own symbol and they can be confusing!

To make it easier on yourself, we recommend that you print out a copy of all washing instruction symbols and post them on your laundry room wall for reference.

Today's information has to do with drying garments outside the dryer.  This too is a square symbol - with some added details.
Though we don't see some of these very often, it's good to know what they mean.

This one is the "Do Not Wring" symbol.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Let's Move on to Learning How to Decipher Tumble Drying Symbols

So, we've moved on to another shape.  We had a "wash bucket" for the washer and a triangle for the bleach instructions and now we're moving on the square with an inside circle which symbolizes tumble dry.

They're straightforward and simple
Open circle = Any Heat Setting
 1 dot = low heat
2 dots = medium heat
3 dots - high heat
Solid/filled dot = NO HEAT

Of course today's dryers have more than temperature settings,
so more information is often needed.
Normal cycle = no additional lines below
Permanent Press - 1 additional line
Delicate/Gentle - 2 additional lines

And if there is an X through the "tumble dryer" symbol,
the manufacturer recommends that you 
do not dry the garment in a dryer at any temperature or cycle speed.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Let's Move on to BLEACH!

The triangle is the symbol for bleach.
The unfilled triangle indicates that bleach can be used when needed.
The solid/filled triangle with the x through it translates to "DO NOT BLEACH"

There is a third that is less used but also important.
It's a triangle with lines through it and 
indicates that the use of non-chlorine bleach is acceptable

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Machine Wash Cycles - Part II

We've already reviewed the temperature symbols, so now we're talk about cycle speed next.

Here you see the "machine" symbol with none, one or two lines underneath.  No additional lines indicate that a normal wash is fine.  If there is a single line underneath, it's recommended that you use a permanent press wash cycle.  If there are 2 lines underneath the symbol, you should use a delicate/gentle cycle.

Of course there are two others that are quite important as well.  
If there is an X through the symbol, then you should not wash the item.
The hand indicates that the manufacturer recommends hand washing. 

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Clothing Care Labels - They're Confusing!

The first one we'll talk about is the TEMPERATURE. Yes, there is one particular "Machine Wash" symbol, seen in all three examples here, that gives instruction on the temperature of the water.  The single dot signifies Cool or Cold Water Wash.
The 2 dot version of this symbol means that they recommend warm water.
The 3 dots indicate that a hot water wash is recommended.

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Yes, It's Time To Jump on The Jumpsuit Bandwagon!

If you’ve been avoiding the jumpsuit trend for the past couple of years, it's time to re-think that strategy.  It might be time to "cave" and jump on the jumpsuit bandwagon!. This now-popular look shows no signs of showing down.  Jumpsuits are HOT!  Even Kathie Lee is wearing them on the Today Show!  She's actually wearing one that is scheduled to arrive at Willow Tree any day now!  
Jumpsuits can be paired with a great little denim jacket for a casual and relaxed weekend look or dressed up with a great shrug and jewelry for that guest of wedding outfit!  Wear it day to night!  Add a belt or some chunky jewelry.  Accessorize with red!  
Add a little pizzazz with some great strappy sandals.  Go glam by adding some bling and carrying one of our collectible Mary Frances Handbags!   They options are endless and the sky's the limit!