Timeless Cashmere

It’s not possible to talk about wool and not think of cashmere. With its silky, luxurious texture and soft hue, cashmere ranks as one of the most popular types of wool all over the world.

From warm sweaters to bohemian scarves, cashmere garments are considered timeless, tasteful, and elegant. Wear them to occasions -whether casual or intimate -and you’ll find that you’ll stand out in sleek comfort. This is why the popularity of cashmere has only grown with the years.

Consider your cashmere garment as an heirloom, and treat it as you would any treasured keepsake. Getting jitters on how to appropriately maintain such a valuable treasure? Alright, here are some instructions on about how to clean and care for your cashmere collection.

Washing Instructions:

  • Many care labels recommend dry cleaning cashmere, but you can gently hand-wash most cashmere knits in cool water with a mild shampoo.
  • Keep the water temperature consistent between rinses.
  • Don’t wring your cashmere. Do not hold up a wet piece of cashmere by the shoulders, this will stretch your sweater. Keep your sweater in a lump
  • Instead, roll it up in a dry towel to get rid of the excess water, then rearrange it back into shape and let it dry flat on a fresh towel.
  • If you don’t feel comfortable removing stains yourself, take it to a dry cleaner.
  • Do not bleach.

Store it methodically:

  • It’s best to fold and store cashmere in breathable cotton clothing bags.
  • Never keep your sweaters on hangers because cashmere is delicate and hanging can cause snags or distort the shape of the shoulders.
  • Winter is gone. Make sure cashmere is clean before you put it away. Moths are attracted to natural fibres with body oils and stains.
  • Folding sweaters around tissue paper can help reduce wrinkles. If looked after properly, cashmere can be enjoyed for many many years to come.

A certain amount of pilling is normal on garments made of natural knit fibres like cashmere, even on high-quality products such. These can be safely picked off by hand.

Generally, we recommend dry cleaning for all cashmere and pashmina items.

Salwar Kameez Redefining Ethnic wear!

India is known for its offbeat popular wear for women that’s not only graceful, but establishes a woman’s beauty in ways like no other clothing possibly could. When talking about famous Indian clothing, the saree forms an iconic representation of an Indian woman however the Salwar Kurta has emerged as the new saree for the Indian woman.

Salwar Kameez/Salwar kurta was primarily used in northern India but due to its comfort and obvious low maintenance it has spread all across the sub continent. Unlike a Saree, Salwar kurta covers a woman’s body from neck to ankle , hence it has been readily adapted in other regions.  Salwar Kameez is popular as it’s comfortable to wear in day to day casual wear and also in weddings, functions and ceremonies.

Salwar Kameez is made in various fabrics like georgette salwar kameez, chiffon salwar kameez, net salwar kameez, satin salwar kameez, cotton salwar kameez, silk salwar kameez and various other fabrics including the latest trend of fusion fabrics which is mix of the above and synthetic fabric.

The Salwar Kameez has transformed itself over many years into various style, designs and cuts over the decades. In recent times there are 4 basic styles:

The Short Kurta – This is a smart fitting and recently developed style of the Indian salwar suit. Mostly suitable for slim women, these look very trendy and are very practical too. The kurta of the dress is usually not longer than a few inches down the waist.

The Indo Western Style- This is another one of the latest developed styles of the Indian salwar suit that, as the name itself suggests, takes inspiration from the western designs and mixes it in the indo- western format for a more stylish and smart look. The pajama in such salwar suits are replaced by a well fitting pant or legging and the kurti is smartly tailored for sensible style.

Churidar Kurta – This is a more flamboyant style of salwar kameez. It is very popular among all age groups, especially the middle aged women, who like to wear their dresses in a more ethnic style. They may be printed, plain or be purchased in embroidered salwar kameez style.

Anarkali Style 
– Anarkali is perhaps the most royal and elaborate style of salwar kameez. Currently this style is very popular as wedding salwar suit. Here the dress is layered and stitched in frock style, representing the contemporary India – especially of the Mughal period. They have recently made a comeback in the fashion world literally after decades  and are definitely here to stay.

Most traditional Indian clothes are extremely graceful, but I’m sure everyone will agree that traditional clothes are at the same time quite cumbersome too. They are not exactly designed for working. Contrary to most ethnic clothes however, the salwar kameez, apart from being sophisticated  is also comfortable. It is convenient to wear on short notice and allows ease of movement for the wearer. It’s hardly surprising that the salwar kameez has gained popularity with the large section of working women. And what more, It can range from Rs 100-10000 !!!

The Whole Nine Yards!

No outfit in the world can match the beauty and elegance of a nine yard saree. They are perhaps the most gracious feminine outfits and can do wonders to the wearer’s overall look. In every Indian woman’s wardrobe, you’ll definitely find an array of cotton sarees; the main reason for this is the comfort associated with cotton in the tropical climate of India.

I have grown up in one of the most humid parts of India- Bengal, and nothing can sustain the heat and humidity of this region other than cotton. As a kid, waking up to the clinging sound of bangles and see my mom in bright cotton sarees with vermillion on her forehead, busy with the daily chores, is a picture which will forever remain etched in my mind. Also, cleaning cotton sarees and folding them used to be great fun as they were always starched and folding usually involved two people on both ends.

Maintaining cotton sarees is a different story altogether. Negligence can prove you costly as it might affect the sheen of your saree and can cause serious damage to them.  So, if you want your favourite sarees to retain the glory, freshness, and elegance of a saree forever, follow some smart and easy tips.

  • For the first couple of washes use the dry cleaning method.
  • Cotton sarees can be hand washed after a couple of washes with dry cleaning. For the first few hand washes do not use soap/detergent.
  • Gently soak the saree in meek salt water and then rinse well in cold water. For the subsequent washes, use a mild detergent. Do not soak the saree for longer also.
  • Never use any chemicals as these may damage/reduce the elegance of the saree.
  • In case of stains, wash with cold water immediately. For hard stains soak the stained area with white petrol and brush with soft cloth.
  • Gently rub the saree with hands. Do not use any brush as this might tear the saree.
  • Do not twist or squeeze the saree to remove the water. Gently press the saree to remove the excess water. And finally roll the saree on a dry towel to remove the excess moisture.
  • The saree must be dried immediately by hanging it in the shade. Do not dry it in sunlight as it can reduce the life span of the saree.
  • After it is dried, iron with medium heat and keep it in a cool and dry place with properly folded.
  • Do not keep the saree untouched for many days. Preferably change the saree fold once a month in order to avoid jari breakage.                            Cotton sarees help women to display their femininity in an impressive and elegant manner. The colours and patterns these sarees exhibit add vivacity to life.

At Fabric Spa we wash cotton sarees with a lot of care to make sure it looks as good as new after every wash.

CARING FOR THE USUALLY NEGLECTED – ZIPPERS

Zippers doesn’t have a glorious history unlike clothes, it’s quite a recent innovation. The modern-day zipper is the culmination of a series of improvements made over more than twenty years by inventors and engineers. First, in the early 1890s, a mechanical engineer from Chicago, Whitcomb L. Judson, and an appreciator of gizmos invented what he called the “clasp-locker,” the precursor to what we know as the modern day zipper.

What most people fail to realize until it’s too late, however, is that like most types of gear, zippers also require some maintenance every now and then to prolong their usable life. Forcing zippers takes its toll on both the zipper and zipper slider (Think about how many times the slider “pull” has come off in your hand at the most inappropriate or inconvenient of times, forcing you to run for the pliers or a paperclip!).

  • Never force the zipper. If something gets caught in the zipper’s track simply back the zipper up and remove the obstacle before attempting to close it again. Forcing a zipper can cause the slider pull to break off.
  • Use paraffin wax to lubricate the zipper. This will help the zipper close smoothly which will relieve pressure from the slider pull, the slider and the zipper teeth.
  • Use a toothbrush to brush the zipper with vinegar when it is stuck. The acid in the vinegar will help loosen any particles that have caused it to get stuck. This is also a useful trick if the zipper is rusted.
  • Relieve tension on the zipper by pulling the sides of the cloth closed before zipping it shut. This is especially useful for luggage closures or for clothing that is too tight. Relieve tension by slowly closing the zipper. This will give you the time to ensure that nothing is in the zipper’s way and that you are not overstressing the slider.
  • Purchase a zipper care set at your local sporting goods store. These kits include brushes and cleaners that will remove dirt, grime and salt residue that can make zippers jam. These kits are especially useful for the zippers on sporting equipment or boats.

 

Curtains and Drapes Care

Curtains are usually filthy, and with good reason. They are the barrier from the outside world. When your windows are open, the curtains absorb moisture and attract dirt from the outside. Even when your windows are closed, there are cracks and drafts. If air can get through, so can tiny dirt particles. Draperies are also the places where dust and dirt from ceiling fans and air vents settle. Even when you clean your house, you are putting dust and debris into the air. A number of those particles will settle onto your curtains.

No matter how dirty and dusty your curtains get, it is nearly impossible to get them cleaned every week. Cleaning curtains is a mammoth task. Frequent cleaning would also ruin your drapes! I have listed some points for your understanding on how to clean curtains and drapes.

Tips for Cleaning Curtains 

  • Check the fabric of the curtains, whether it is heavy or light. If your curtain is made up of light fabric, such as cotton or silk, a gentle shake now and then will be enough to keep them clean. You can also vacuum them on a regular basis, to keep them clean and dirt free. Before going for any cleaning method, look at the attached tag for information on the cleaning process that will suit your curtains.
  • If your drapes are made of cotton or linen fabric, you can clean them on a weekly basis. Just put them in a washing machine and run the gentle cycle. For drying them, hang them out, in the sun. In case the curtains are colourful, you need to put them in half shade and half sun. Make sure to take them inside as soon as they get dried.
  • If your draperies require dry-cleaning, but you cannot afford it every time, there is one option for you. Shake your curtains to remove as much dust you can or use a vacuum cleaner, if they are very heavy to clean. Then, take your cloth steamer and run it over your drapes. It will kill the germs and give the curtains a fresh appearance.
  • Use a lint brush to wipe your curtain on a daily basis. Start at the top of the curtain and work your way towards the base. This is because, if you start from the base, the dust from the upper part will fall on it and make the curtain dirty again. Make sure to vacuum both sides of the curtains.
  • Do the sniffing test on your curtains, every week. Sniff your curtains to see whether they smell fresh or stale. Some people spray their curtains with a freshener. You can do so too; just make sure not to use something with harsh chemicals inside, as it might weaken or even discolour the fabric.
  • While cleaning the curtains, don’t forget to wash the curtain rings as well. If they have become rusty and dirty, boil them in water, along with vinegar. It will remove the rust and restore shine in them. Curtain rods also need to be cleaned on a regular basis.
  • If your curtains are made of a sensitive fabric, don’t put them in places where they catch direct sun. If you cannot avoid it, put a liner behind them, to protect them from sun rot. You can even put blinds on such windows.
  • If your curtains are made up of a very costly fabric, then it is better to have them dry-cleaned from a professional. Washing them at home might do more harm than good.
  • Delicate lace and sheer curtains may benefit from being hand washed or machine washed inside a mesh bag. In a pinch, I’ve washed delicate curtains inside an old pillowcase that is tied shut tightly. This prevents fraying and damage.
  • Even the sturdiest curtain fabrics will weaken with exposure to sunlight. I’ll never forget pulling a set of cotton curtains of the rod, only to have them tear apart right in my hand. Use caution with your curtains, especially if they’ve served your windows for an extended period of time.
When you take all of this into consideration, you can see why it’s so important to clean your curtains on a regular basis! The best way to attack curtain cleaning is to just drop them at a closest Fabric Spa Outlet.
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Hair, Hair Everywhere, Don’t Know How to Clean

                           

Heading for a very important business meet and have your adorable dog’s hair all over your clothes? Well, it is not very uncommon scenario. At times it is annoying but it is one inevitable fact. No matter where you keep your clothes their hair always find a way in.

For starters do not allow your dog/cat to get inside your wardrobe or sit on your clothes. I see a ridiculous amount of pictures on the net with a cat or a puppy sitting inside the laundry basket on a pile of clothes. It might be cute to look at but later on you will have an enormous task on your hand!

There are some types of fabric which attracts less or no amount of hair like leather, nylon and spandex; on the other hand cotton or fleece act like magnets to hair.

I have two dogs and I love them to bits but their hair is everywhere around my house. This is one problem that I have to tackle endlessly; however I have found some effective ways to deal with the issue.

Fabric:

  • Put your laundry in the dryer with a dryer sheet for 15 minutes set at the appropriate temperature cycle. The combination of the warm circulating air and the dryer sheet will remove dog hair from laundry quickly.
  • Purchase a specialty lint roller from the store. Rub gently over your laundry to remove any dog hair.

PS: Test a small area of fabric before using it on any garments in the laundry. Some lint brushes may be too abrasive for delicate garments.

  • Lint roller is over and you are in a hurry- use masking/duct tape rolled in a circle around your hand with the sticky side out for a quick fix.
  • Dampen a rubber glove and rub it over your dry laundry. This works really well as the hair sticks to the glove instantly.

Carpets:

  • Some breeds of dogs, especially short hair breeds, have hair that stick into your carpet like fine little needles which are not easily removed by vacuuming. Static electricity in the form of rubber brooms or inflated balloon can be used on such stubborn hair.
  • If time and energy are not a problem to you, you can go over your carpet with a rubber glove or damp sponge to remove the hairs.
  • Try mixing some fabric softener with water and mist it on to your carpet with a spray bottle. Don’t saturate the carpet; just a fine mist is all you need. Allow to dry.  After the carpet is dry, go over with your vacuum cleaner.
  • You can also use a dampened sponge. Rub the sponge in a downward motion over your chairs, cushions and car upholstery.

As a good practice, brush your pet daily to lessen the loose hair and give your dog a bath. Bathing a dog regularly reduces the hair fall.

While we can do a lot to reduce the amount of pet hair that spreads through our homes, we can’t eliminate it completely. We can accept it as a small trade-off for the love and companionship that our pets give us!

 

This Ain’t Bleeding Love.

Just how many times has your favourite white shirt or embroidered white kurti turned into shades of pink, blue, green and what not? Its heart breaking, isn’t it? And for people like me who hate laundering clothes and separating coloured clothes from the whites, it usually ends in a disaster!

Bleeding colours is a laundry problem that many dread but I have found some useful methods to prevent this from occurring; making life much simpler for me. However, if bleeding has already happened, there are steps to fix that too. Let’s take a look at some of these solutions.

  1. Water Temperature
    • The cause of many cases of color bleeding is washing laundry at the wrong temperature. This can be avoided by simply reading care labels on your clothing. Next time before u start a wash read them. If the article of clothing instructs you to use cold or warm water, do not use hot water. Some believe that hot water gets clothes the cleanest, but it is not necessarily true. Using a good quality laundry detergent will thoroughly clean your clothing, no matter what the water temperature is.

To stay on the safe side, use cold water for articles of clothing with mixed colours, such as coloured shirts and dresses that contain both white and coloured fabric.

  1. Additives
    • Adding a cup of salt to laundry water or a scoop of oxygen bleach can prevent colours from bleeding. Vinegar works in the same way, and will not leave your laundry with an odour. Just add up to a half cup of vinegar to laundry water, and then add detergent and clothing.

You can also use these laundry additives before adding the clothing to your washing machine by making a salt or vinegar soak with a half bucket of water, adding the article of clothing, and leaving it in the soak for 15 to 30 minutes.

  1. Fixing Bleeds
    • If some of your clothing has already bled in the laundry, there are a few things that can be done to fix the problem. First, do not dry the clothes that have bled. First wash them again in cold or warm water; do not use hot water. If this does not fix the bleeding, you can soak the article of clothing in either a saltwater or vinegar soak. For salt, add a cup to a half bucket of lukewarm water. When using vinegar, add a half cup to half a bucket of cold water. Let the clothes soak for at least 30 minutes, then rinse in cold water.

Well, these are some useful tips I have gathered but if you need professional care for your precious clothes, log on to www.fabricspa.com