Aftercare
Instructions

Your essential how-to guide to learn the best practices for washing and taking care of your naturally derived clothes from Caposhie to ensure longer lasting quality and love they deserve. 

General Advice

Environmental Impact

Remember first and foremost that you do not need to launder natural fabrics after every-use. Wearing items a couple of times between washes ensures longer lasting quality and has a better impact on the environment. 

Drying Tips

We always recommend hanging clothing to dry as it assures lasting quality of your items and it doesn't use any energy compared to a dryer. This also means clothes won't warp or shrink as they would in the dryer.

Aftercare Instructions

Linen

Machine wash:

  • Separate light and dark colours and work in smaller loads on the cold gentle cycle with a mild detergent.

Tip: For best results, wash linen separately from other fabrics to prevent any shedding that naturally occurs. 

Hand wash (optional):

  • Fill a small tub or container with lukewarm water and a teaspoon of mild detergent.
  • Add the linen item and let soak for 10 minutes.
  • Gently move the item through the water. Be sure to not wring, twist, or scrub the fabric as it can cause the item to stretch.
  • Drain the soapy water and rinse until any soap residue is gone.
  • Shake to rid of creases.

To dry:

  • Shake to rid of major creases
  • Hang to dry, preferably on a rack.

Tip: When wet, keep bright coloured items away from other items to prevent rub-off. This also goes for when steaming/ironing with water. 

Iron & Steam Linen

Linen is a strong fabric made of pure flax plants. It dries very fast and wrinkles easily (and thats okay!) In order to remove wrinkles from linen clothes, it is important to soften the fabric first. For that - a lot of hot steam is required!

We personally prefer to let the linen do its thing and at most, take a quick steam to soften up the fibres in a few sections of the garment after a wash cycle. But we understand everyone has their preferences so here are some tips to help at home!

Ironing Linen:

  • Ironing linen is much easier when it is damp, 5-10 minutes before ironing spritz your linen with some water. 
  • Put a cloth towel between the surface and the linen to protect the garment and give it a clean finish. 
  • Start with heavier areas first, collars, cuffs, and use a bit more water if necessary for a clean finish. 
  • Make sure the iron is moving constantly and smoothly to prevent scorching the fabric. 
  • When finished, hang the piece to dry. Allow the fibres to rest for 10 to 15 minutes before wear. 

Steaming Linen:

  • Hang your linen, slowly and gently move the hot steamer up and down all over the wrinkles.
  • After that, do the same to the inside of the linen fabric up until all the wrinkles are gone (or most of them).

Tip: Don't fold the linen clothes or other garments just after they are steamed - let them dry up completely by hanging. 

Cotton

Machine wash:

  • Remember first and foremost that you do not need to launder natural fabrics after every-use. 
  • Separate light and dark colours and work in smaller loads on the cold gentle cycle with a mild detergent.

Tip: Turn items inside out, when fabrics rub together in the wash, it creates fuzz that can lighten the colour of your clothes

To dry:

  • Shake to rid of major creases
  • Hang to dry, preferably on a rack.

Tip: When wet, keep bright coloured items away from other items to prevent rub-off. This also goes for when steaming/ironing with water. 

Silk

Machine Wash

  • Separate light and dark colours and work in small loads with a mild detergent.
  • Turn the item inside out and if possible, place in a protective mesh bag to avoid snags and tears when washing. 
  • Choose a delicate, slow, cold-water cycle and add a mild detergent.
  • Remove from the bag and lay on a towel until semi-dry, then hang to finish drying on a rack

Tip: When wet, keep bright coloured items away from other items to prevent rub-off. This also goes for when steaming/ironing with water. 

Hand Wash (optional):

  • Fill a small tub or container with lukewarm water and a teaspoon of gentle detergent.
  • Turn the item inside out and submerge in the water.
  • Be sure to not wring, twist, or scrub the fabric as it can cause the item to warp.
  • Stir gently in the soapy water and let soak for up to 30 minutes.
  • Drain and rinse the item under cool water.
  • Lightly press to remove excess water and lay on a towel until semi-dry, then hang to finish drying on a rack.