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Washing tips and garment care

MAKE THEM LAST

Each garment deserves to be treated so that it can last as long as possible.

We suggest to wash your Rifò clothes and accessories by hand in order to better preserve the material.
Here you can also find some specific tips for washing and drying your Rifò products.

Recycled cashmere garments and accessories

 1.  The less we use the washing machine, the better! This is also why we recommend you to wash the recycled cashmere garments by hand, to keep their quality at best. You can also choose a washing machine wash at 30°, but only selecting a delicates program. 

 2.  Drain the water is very important to prevent the garment from deforming. You can do a light spin cycle or adopt the grandmother's method: take a towel and lay the sweater on it, then fold the towel over and press it with your hands to remove water in excess. Never squeeze it! It could twist and break the fibers.

 3.  Finally, dry the garment naturally, always laying it out on a horizontal surface.

Recycled cotton beach towels and shawls

To ensure that our towels are always perfect, we advise you to wash them at a maximum of 30 ° with a delicate program.
Again you can choose to wash them by hand to extend their life even more. We also advise you to dry them by laying them on a traditional laundry line.

Recycled cotton Polo and T-Shirt

To make sure that our T-shirts and Polo shirts always fit you, we recommend to wash them at a maximum of 30 ° with the delicate program, even if it is always better to wash it by hand. Do not tumble dry them, but lay them on a clothesline.

Recycled cotton sweater

The denim yarn of our sweaters behaves in a similar way to the classic trousers' one. After a few times that you wear it, it may widen a little. At that point, you can wash your sweater in the washing machine to get it sweater back in shape: opt for a normal 30 ° wash.
If you decide to wash it by hand, do a light centrifuge to drain the water and dry them naturally by spreading them out on a horizontal plane: this yarn is very subject to elongations given by the weight of the water.

Recycled denim garments

Recycled denim fabric requires slightly more maintenance and washing care than a normal denim fabric. It is better to always prefer to wash it by hand with warm water. It is still possible washing it at 30 ° with a cycle for delicates. It absolutely not recommended the use of bleach as for all normal denim canvases, because they would lead to the lightening of blue. Finally you will need to iron the garment, even with an iron at maximum temperature.

How to prevent pilling

Pilling is a typical phenomenon of wool and cashmere knitwear that have a pure composition. It is the formation of lint on the surface of the garment, dots or small quantities of fibers that the garment releases naturally. Pilling depends on the length of the fiber and is unavoidable, as regards both garments made with virgin and recycled yarns. As you wash your head the pilling will gradually decrease until it stabilizes. Here are some tips to prevent pilling: 

● Use periodically a brush to comb the fibers or a lint remover. With one swipe the garment will return as new. 

● Choose to wash the garment with a neutral ph laundry detergent, or even with a baby shampoo. These products prevent the rise of fiber flakes, helping the maintenance of a more compact structure. 

● Don't stress your garment. Wool garments are breathable and thermoregulatory and do not require frequent washing. If you can always choose a hand wash, do a light spin and hang your garment horizontally on dry days.

How to store knitwear

Even the way you take off your clothes can damage them, in particular in some points, like the neck. For this reason, you should avoid taking off a sweater starting from the neck, but do it starting from the lower rib.

A second thing that can make your garments last longer is the way you store them in the wardrobe. Avoid putting them on a hanger, instead fold them in the drawers, better if with some moth-proof product. This will avoid the fiber elongation, preserving the fitting and the solidity of the garment.

Baggy ribs as new

After a few uses it may happen that the sleeves or the bottom of a sweater (whether it is wool, cashmere or cotton) become a little flared. With an iron you can make your garment look great again.

Use the steam in contact with the critical point for a few minutes and press with your hand to move the fibers: it will be as good as new!

Homemade ecological detergent receipe

Grandma receipe ready in 5 minutes!

Ingredients

  • 20 g of Marseille soap
  • 20 g of black liquid soap
  • 1 teaspoon of soda crystals
  • Lavender essential oil

Method

  1. Grate the Marseille soap and pour into a tub of a liter of water.
  2. Add the black soap and soda crystals.
  3. Bring to the boil and stir until the Marseille soap has completely dissolved.
  4. Add some of your favorite essential oils to give the aroma you prefer.
  5. Pour everything in a glass container and your homemade soap will be ready!
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