At House of Dagmar we believe in making good choices when it comes to fabric – for the environment and ourselves. If we take care of our garments in the right way, we can lengthen their, and our planets lifetime with years. Below are some instructions on how to show your garments the extra love that they deserve.
Cashmere wool comes from cashmere-sheep that live under extremely cold conditions in rough mountain areas around the world. The goats have an exceptionally soft undercoat that is collected during spring when the sheep shed their winter-wool. It takes approximately two years to collect enough wool to produce one cashmere sweater. You will also find that cashmere improves with age, if cared for properly.
Make it a habit to ventilate your cashmere garments after every use. When you need to wash the garment – let it soak in cool water with baby shampoo for a couple of minutes, agitate the garment gently when washing. Rinse with cool water and squeeze out excess water gently, do not twist. Flat dry on a towel and avoid sunlight and direct heat.
Cashmere sweaters tend to pill when you start using them – this is unfortunately not avoidable. The pilling occurs because the shorter fibers of the wool find their way to the surface of the fabric when the garment is worn and rubbed against itself or other garments – creating pills.
We recommend that you make it a habit to remove the pills after washing with a clothing brush or a sweater stone. Over time, the pilling will decrease.
Fold the sweater by putting it flat out on a table with the front down, fold in the arms and then fold the bottom half up so that the bottom hem meets the neck. Never hang your cashmere sweaters – as they tent to get the shape of the hanger if you do so.
Before putting it back in the wardrobe, make sure the sweater is clean and completely dry, to keep shape and avoid clothing moths that love luxurious fabrics.
Merino wool comes from Merino-sheep. The fibers of the Merino wool are stretchable and strong and are therefore used in many of our knits. We always use mule sing free wool, which means that the wool bearing skin is never harmed when the sheep are sheared. The Merino wool has a great fluidity and as other fibers it is breathable, making it very comfortable to wear. The wool is also biodegradable and reusable.
Merino wool should not be machine-washed as it will bleed and shrink or even felt. Ventilate your Merino Wool garments after every use. We recommend you to hand wash it gently in cool water or leave it to a dry cleaner – always follow the specific instructions on the garments care label.
Merino wool tends to naturally pill. The pilling occurs when the garment is rubbed against itself or something else. Hence one can only promise the garment will not pill if you promise not to wear it. We recommend that you make it a habit to remove the pills after washing by hand with a clothing brush or sweater stone.
You should store your Merino wool garments folded laying flat. Don’t store
the garment on a hanger, as it tends to stretch or get the shape of the hanger.
Leather is a durable and flexible material created from an animals’ skin. Napa, which is the outside of the skin, in comparison to suede, has a smooth and flat surface. Lamb and sheep leather is softer and more flexible compared to other types of leather. Leather is a breathing material making it a very comfortable, flexible, and luxurious material to wear.
If you care for it right – a leather garment usually becomes more and more beautiful over time. As a living material, all leather differs in the way it changes. Hence leather is a very comfortable material to wear as it shapes after its user.
Leather should not be washed in a machine, always ventilate after use. Leave your garments to a leather specialist when you need to wash them. You can oil your leather garments to prevent drying and improve their water resistance – increasing the lifetime by years. If you stain it, gently rub with a damp tissue or cloth.
Do not store your leather garments in direct sunlight, as they might bleach or warp. Store them in a cool and dark closet. Wrap items that you put away for a long time in a pillow cover or a wardrobe bag.
Suede is a soft and delicate material, created from the inside of an animals’ skin. Since suede does not include the rough exterior skin layer, it is less durable but much softer than usual leather. Suede is a living material and therefore differs in the way it changes over time.
Due to the materials natural open pores and napped surface, it can absorb liquids and become dirty very easily. Make sure you protect your suede garments with a protection spray that helps the fabric resist liquids and other elements that might damage it. Ask a leather specialist for help if you are not sure about the spraying technique. Repeat at least once a year.
Use a suede brush to freshen up the surface of your suede garments every now and then. Suede is a very sensitive material, and therefore it needs some extra love and caring. The brush will remove dirt and dust that is collected on your suede garments during use.
Make it a habit to ventilate your suede items after use. If you do need to wash a suede item, leave it to a leather specialist. If you happen to get a stain on your suede garments, use a suede brush or an colorless pencil eraser and rub gently on the stain.
Do not store your suede garments in direct sunlight, as they might bleach or warp. Store them in a cool and dark closet. Wrap items that you put away for a long time in a pillow cover or a wardrobe bag.
Silk is a protein fiber created when mulberry silkworms’ form their cocoons. The silk fiber is triangularly shaped which allows it to reflect light, giving it a shiny appearance. Silk is one of the strongest natural fibers with natural elasticity, and the fabric helps you stay warm when it is cold and cold when it is warm. The biodegradable fabric is also amazing at obtaining colors and shine.
Make it a habit to ventilate your silk garments after use, they should not be washed too often. When washed, the silk fiber “relaxes”, which makes the fabric shrink. However, when lightly steamed or carefully ironed on a very low temperature, the garment will return to its normal shape and size. Use a liquid detergent without enzymes, as a detergent with enzymes might create small holes in the fabric, and reduce shine and softness. Wash by hand and never tumble dry or dry in direct sunlight.
Store your silk garments on a padded hanger and avoid direct sunlight.
Viscose is a cellulose-xanthate, a biodegradable fiber made from wood pulp or cotton. It is a soft semi-synthetic man made fiber and the most common cellulosic fabric used today. Like cotton, it breathes, making it very comfortable to wear.
Viscose tends to grow when worn, however it goes back after washing. When viscose is newly washed and not ironed, one might think that the garment has shrunk but once you iron it, it will go back to its normal shape and size. Always follow the specific instructions on the garments’ care label.
Store your Viscose garments hanging on a padded hanger and avoid direct sunligt.
Lyocell is produced by regenerated cellulose fibers. This fabric has the first cellulose fiber that uses Nano fibrils, a Nano technology making the surface very soft and smooth. Lyocell acts as a second skin and is an antistatic material, which makes it very comfortable to wear and feels as though it is almost “cool” in itself.
The process when producing Lyocell is the most environmentally friendly of all cellulose made fabrics. The solvents used are not acidic and are recovered for reuse. There are no toxic substances left in the fibers after process. Hence this process is sustainable and the byproducts as well as the fabric itself are in fact, biodegradable.
The fabric does not absorb dirt or odors easily and is hypoallergenic. Lyocell is almost impossible to wrinkle and can be machine-washed. Always follow the specific instructions on the garments’ care label.
Store your Lyocell garments hanging on a padded hanger and avoid direct sunlight.
Cotton is a staple cellulose fiber taken from the cotton plant. As a natural fabric it has breathing properties, which allows it to adapt to different temperatures – making it very comfortable to wear during all seasons. It is the most used natural fabric in the world.
Our cotton is picked mechanically. The organically grown cotton is both sustainable and hypoallergenic. It is not genetically modified and grown without any synthetic agricultural chemicals. The production of organic cotton is growing daily, which has led to a lower price difference between organic cotton and otherwise grown.
Ventilate you cotton garments after every use. Cotton products tend to shrink about 5% when washed – steam or iron them to make them regain their original shape as much as possible. Cotton fabrics are durable and can be washed in high temperatures. Always follow the instructions on the garments’ care label.
Store your cotton garments folded laying flat. Don’t store the garment on a hanger, as it tends to stretch or get the shape of the hanger.
Polyester has developed since it first came out on the textile markets, which has made it possible to have beautiful and comfortable fabrics that are more durable and easier to care for. There is both synthetic and natural polyester and the fabric can be woven or knitted, elastic or inelastic.
Polyester is a very durable fabric and it is easy to care for. It is very suitable for creating pleated garments, as the polyester itself keeps the pleated structure in place. Generally – Polyester keeps its shape very well, does not shrink and is almost wrinkle free. Natural- and some synthetic polyesters are biodegradable.
You can wash polyester on higher temperatures than many other delicate fabrics, always follow the specific instructions on the garments’ care instructions label.
Store your polyester garments on a padded hanger.
Linen is made from the fiber of the flax plant. It is a natural fabric with breathing properties that allows it to adapt depending on temperature. This makes it very comfortable to wear during all seasons.
Linen has a natural luster and it can have a rough or a smooth feel. The fabric itself is not stretchable but very durable and strong, which is why it wrinkles so easy.
Linen needs less pesticide and fertilizers when grown and produced than other plants. The process of producing the fabric itself has very little waste and can be done by using enzymes and bacteria. Linen has a range of natural colors, shades of ivory, ercu, tan or grey. As a natural fabric it is also easy to dye.
Linen becomes smoother and softer after washing. It is not good to tumble dry linen because of its construction. Linen can be machine washed, but always follow the specific instructions on the garments’ care label. Flat dry for best result.
Store your linen garments on a padded hanger and avoid direct sunlight.
Modal is a man made, semi-synthetic fiber, a type of viscose. It is a soft fabric with great water resistance. The fabric is strong and keeps its shape. Modal retains its shape very well and does not shrink. In many ways it is a lot like cotton but stronger, more durable and more water resistant.
Modal should be washed on low temperatures. The fabric is strong and can be tumble-dried and washed without shrinking or loosing its shape. Always follow specific instructions on the garments’ care label.
Store your Modal garments folded laying flat, and avoid direct sunlight.
Mohair is a silk like fabric or yarn produced from the Angora goat. It is one of the oldest textile fibers in use today. The goats’ hairs are mostly composed of keratin. Mohair from Angora goats is not to be confused with the angora wool from Angora rabbits. The Angora goats are sheared twice a year, without harming the wool bearing skin or the animal.
Mohair is naturally elastic, durable, resilient, and has good insulting properties. This makes a great material to use for our autumn and winter knits.
The fibers of Mohair do not like strong chemicals as it damages them. To remove stains – use a mild detergent as soon as possible. Mohair garments should be washed by merely placing them in lukewarm or cool water, gently squeeze out the excess water and let the garment flat dry on a towel.
Avoid ironing mohair garments as it can fatten the fibers. Mohair rarely becomes wrinkled, but if it does, use a steamer to get rid of it.
Store your Mohair garments folded laying flat.