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Taking good care of your clothing will extend its life and minimize its impact. Each fabric is unique, so we recommend that you read the garment’s care label. Here is our guide to keeping your håndværk pieces in prime condition – and in your wardrobe for longer.
Cotton Jersey and
Reduce the number of times you wash. This is the best way to maximize the longevity of your clothes and minimize energy use.
Wash at the lowest temperature possible using the gentle cycle option, especially with more delicate items. A short cycle is usually enough to clean your garment while saving water.
Choose a gentle, biodegradable laundry detergent made from plant-based, renewable ingredients and free from unnecessary chemicals. We prefer liquid rather than powder detergent as it can be used for both machine and hand washing.
To remove stains, use an eco-friendly stain remover, spray and let it sit for a while before washing. Steer clear of any products containing bleach.
Hanging your t-shirts and sweats to dry is ideal if space and weather allows. To reduce weight and speed up drying, lay your garment flat on a towel, roll it inside the towel and then squeeze out any excess water before hanging. Do not wring.
You can also lay your damp garment flat on a towel and leave it to dry.
If tumble drying, do so at a low heat. High heat is your garment’s worst enemy, as it will strain the fibers and can cause it to shrink.
Most of our garments don’t require ironing.
If you feel the need to, we recommend doing so on a low heat.
Any garments that contain stretch fibers such as elastane are particularly sensitive to heat.
Protect them by placing a damp cloth in-between when ironing and washing them inside out on a cold temperature.
Our t-shirts and polos are equally happy hung on a rail or folded away in a drawer.
Some heavier sweatshirts are better folded to hold their shape.
All garments should be kept out of sunlight to maintain color integrity.
Natural Fibre Knits
Most of us wash our knits more often than needed – try airing them out to freshen instead.
We recommend that our knits are either dry cleaned using a green dry cleaner, or hand-washed.
If you opt for handwashing, use cold water and a gentle, biodegradable laundry detergent.
Avoid fabric softener as it can coat the fibers, reducing their natural moisture and temperature regulating properties.
Lay your knit flat on a towel, roll the whole thing up and then squeeze out as much excess water as possible. Do not wring.
Place your damp knit flat on a fresh dry towel, remove any folds or creases and leave it to dry.
If you need to iron, use a low heat. Turn the garment inside out and spray with a little water first.
You can also steam your knitwear to reduce wrinkles.
Natural fibers can sometimes pill – use a fabric comb to remove any pilling.
Fold your knits and stack them neatly in a wardrobe or drawer. Hanging will pull and stretch them out of shape.
For long-term storage, avoid plastic bins as they can attract moisture and bugs.
Keep your garments in cotton storage bags as bugs can’t eat through cotton, and the natural, breathable fabric helps the moisture escape.
Use cedar block and sachets to keep your knitwear smelling fresh while naturally repelling moths and other insects.
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