Caring for your textiles

 

Washing Instructions for Silk or Cotton

You can Handwash or dry clean. But handwash is easy, fast and costs less.

How to hand wash your scarf in 7 easy steps:

  1. Fill a sink or large bowl with cool water. Add a small amount of mild detergent to the water and create suds.
  2. Submerge your scarf fully in the water. Knead and squeeze it through the suds until it’s totally wet.
  3. Let the scarf sit in the water for around 15 minutes.
  4. Drain or pour out the water.
  5. Rinse your scarf by holding it under cool tap water. Squeeze and run it under the faucet until the water runs clear through the scarf and there are no suds left.
  6. Squeeze water out of your scarf – be gentle! Don’t wring the fabric too hard.
  7. Lay your scarf on a towel and roll the towel; this will eliminate a good amount of dampness so it can dry.

Display

Strong sunlight can damage your textile and cause fading. Hot and humid conditions attract insects as well as mildew and mold. Fans assist in keeping the textile dry. If wet, dry as soon as possible. If mildew is detected, wash the area with a gently soap and dry with a fan. For hanging, ensure that the hanger can support the width of the textile. Textiles can be framed. Consult a professional framer.

Storage

Store your textiles flat. Folding textiles can create permanent creases. If you fold, refold the textile periodically to avoid permanent damage. Place acid free paper between folds. Acid free paper prevents migration of dyes or damage. Rolling the textile is best, place acid free paper around the textile and wrap in plain muslin or store in an archival tube.

Working With Textiles

When working with textiles remove all jewellery. Make sure your hands are clean and dry. Work on a clean surface.

Cleaning

Vacuuming on low is the safest way to clean a textile. Place the textile on a flat, clean surface and place a mesh or wire screen over the textile. The screen protects from any loose threads being pulled in the cleaner. Wash when necessary, most of Ock Pop Tok textiles are silk and colour fast, but some natural dyes may fade. Test a small corner first. Use a mild soap and cold water. Dry flat on a towel to maintain the shape. Iron on low heat using a clean, dry cloth over the textile.

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