CARE INSTRUCTIONS BAMBOO

Only a few fibers are as soft while being as durable as those made of bamboo – but just like every strong woman, even the strongest fiber needs a little bit of support here and there the to reach their full potential.

Bamboo, even in fully processed form, is to some degree antibacterial – this means you can do yourself, the environment and your favorite shirt a little favor and opt for airing it out instead of washing it after every wear. Whenever you do wash your bamboo fiber garments, they prefer the company of likeminded materials – neither highly absorbing or heavy fabrics, nor pieces with metal embellishments or zippers are allowed to join! Just let your little organic softies chill together in the delicates washing cycle with not more than 30° (86°F) and a little bit of mild liquid detergent.

As luxurious as our bamboo fabric is to the touch, it is also a little sensitive – at least when it comes to drying wrinkle free – the easiest way to dry it is by hanging the items without exposing it to direct sunlight. If there is still some wrinkling going on, set your iron to low temperature and try not to pull. If you think about it, it makes sense – we all experienced that the mix of heat and pressure has the tendency to wear us out a little faster… Even if you are in a rush, please do not use the tumble dryer, as the fiber is a little prone to shrinking under higher temperatures. If you want to speed up the drying process, roll you favorite garment into a dry towel and gently push on it, to get rid of excess water.

If, for whatever reason, your favorite piece did shrink, we got a little life hack: soak it in warm water mixed with baby shampoo. Afterwards, just lay the piece on a dry towel and gently pull to give the fabric its original shape.

The Emergency protocol for stains:

1st: be fast – the shorter the amount of time that that evil little stain stays on your favorite loungewear piece, the more likely it is that there will be no remnants in the end.

2nd: don’t rub or tear – to much pressure can damage the fabric and creates a passage for the stain to enter into deeper layers of the garment; blotching or gentle scratching (especially with food stains like ice cream, chocolate,…) are the most effective way to practice damage control

3rd: rinse – the best way to do this is by using running cold water. If you are on the go the life hack version is to use a generous amount of sparkling water. The carbonic acid contained pushes between fabric and stain and helps to wash it away.

4th: relax – most of the commonly occurring stains are easily fought with a little bit of water and mild bleach free detergent. If the stain is on the more intense side, just treat it with a little bit of extra care before washing it as usual.

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Lipstick and Chocolate

That one perfect shade of red on your lips makes us all feel more powerful – until it lands on your favorite Cashmere sweater or bamboo shirt. Most of the lipsticks are oil based, so the oiliness is our main problem. But first things first – remove what you can by gently blotting the excess product. But after that, you have to differentiate between our two main fabrics: if the incident occurred on cashmere, generously spray the stain with dry shampoo and let it soak up all the excess grease for up to 20 minutes and brush it out. If our bamboo fabric is the material in question, pure alcohol (from the pharmacy) or alcohol based toner do the trick, dab it on, let it sit for a minute and rinse with generous amounts of warm water.

If you are on the go and the accident occurred right before your next meeting, its time to get a little creative – try rubbing a piece of white bread over the stain to absorb as much of the grease and pigment as possible. All the things mentioned above also apply to chocolate – from how it makes us feel good to how we can get rid of its traces when it ended up somewhere it shouldn’t.

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Red Wine

Alcohol is widely known for its tendencies to cause problems – but in this case it’s the other way around. Especially dried wine stains can be removed with pure alcohol (from the pharmacy). Apply the alcohol an a dry rag and gently dab the stain until its gone – once again really important: no rubbing! Otherwise you’d risk to spread the stain instead of removing it.

If the stains are fresh, once again dry shampoo is your problem solver – use a generous amount, let it soak up the liquids and shake or brush it off.

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Wax/Chewing gum

The biggest advantage of those sticky situations is in fact their consistence. They are not liquid so they are not able to permeate the fabric on a deeper level. Our good old friend the freezer does the job. Put the garment in a freezer bag and let it freeze for a few hours. The cold renders the stickiness useless and you can easily peel of the problem. Another benefit – the cold of the freezer helps especially cashmere fibers to regenerate and gain back all of their softness.

coffee fruits
Coffee and Fruits

We all want that calm mornings, right? But sometimes we still get a little hectic and that last sip of coffee ends up on your favorite bamboo pants instead… good thing that you already got that caffeine boost, because now you need to be fast:

1st step: sparkling water – it pulls the tannin back out of the fabric;
2nd step: dab a little bit of ph-neutral dish wash on top to get rid of the oil components. Remove the dish wash with lukewarm water and let it dry – and if you walk with a little spring in your step and a little fire in your eyes, we promise, it will dry even faster.

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Grass

For sleek fabrics, just like our wonderful bamboo materials, there is an unexpected hero that effectively fights one of the biggest villains in the stain family: potatoes – even if it sounds a little crazy in the beginning, give it a try. The starch in them works like a magnet for the green pigment and pulls it out of the fabric. Immediately after treatment you can wash your almost as good as new piece as usual to get rid of the last traces.

If its your softest cashmere favorite, that got attacked by the grass monster, its sadly a little more difficult. If you are fast enough and the stains are still fresh, a quick soak in cold to slightly lukewarm water mixed with mild shampoo is your best option. If it doesn’t work out to well or the stain is already dried, there is no other way then handing your fluffy baby to a trustworthy dry cleaner.

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Grease/creamy make up products

If the stain is fresh, the same rules as for the lipstick apply – carefully scrape off what still sits on top of the fabric, blot as much of the product as possible with a tissue and the let it soak. Your bamboo babies love lukewarm water and a ph-neutral dish wash or mild detergent in this case, while your cozy cashmere prefers a tiny amount of liquid wool detergent or a mild shampoo dissolved in cold water.

If the stain is already dried, alcohol can, once again, safe the day – dab pure alcohol on the stain (no rubbing, you don’t want it to spread, don’t you?). If necessary you can wash the piece in question just as usual to remove the last remnants.

mascara
Mascara

Wow, now this is a stain that invites you to do a little meditation…or demands to have a little patience, depending on when during the day that incident happens. Mascara is the easiest to remove when its completely dry. Just scrap it of gently and you are good to go.

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Powdery make up products

Even if the reflex is there – suppress the urge to try rubbing it away. Until you touch it the powdery products mainly remain on top of the fabric and can be gone with the wind in no time – and we mean that quite literally – use your blow dryer on the cold setting and – woosh – gone.

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Blood

And finally – the stain of our nightmares! But before we mourn our favorite pieces – all hope is not lost! If the stain is fresh stretch the affected area lightly and rinse it with cold water. Never add warmth in any way to a blood stain or else you will seal it into the fabric forever.

We don’t want to lie to you – if the stain is already dried it is going to be really difficult. But desperate times call for desperate measures, and before you say farewell to the cashmere love of your life, try using a mix of baking soda and water. Wet the stain with cold water to let the fibers open up, dust a generous amount of natron on the area in question, add a little bit of water and let it rest for some time. As using highly reactive ingredients always carry the risk of damaging the material, see this as the last attempt of reanimation.