Article number: INF001
Washing and care - Christening robes
A christening robe is often a beautiful little dress and has lot of emotions bound to it. Maybe was it in the family for generations, maybe not, but nevertheless is it what the sweet little baby will wear an important day of life.
Face it, it will be dirty, but that should not be bad. A textile shall be washable.
Washing in 40 °C. A garment in cotton or linen can be washed in 60 °C, or even 90°C, but a garment is more than its material. It may be that the construction of the garment, the details and sewing makes it best to recommend washing in a lower temperature and milder way. It may be good to put the garment into a washing bag, a pillow case or something to spare the garment. The washing then will not tear the seams so badly. Follow the washing instructions in the garment, it there are some.
Wash milk spots out of the dress as soon as possible, using cold water .Small children often drool a bit or have milk in the mouth. If possible, take milk spots out of the dress as soon as possible, using cold water. Milk contains protein and it will coagulate if warmed, (as boiling eggs) so it is a good idea to wash it out cold and not get yellow spots on the material.
The robe often has pink or blue satin belts. Those belts, if of good quality, shall be possible to wash in 40-60 degrees C. But please look up! Do not let the child eat on the belts. In that temperature the belts may lose color. Often spots on the garment are removable by usual washing. If not, try to prepare the spots before washing by smoothen washing powder at them, or spot-remove-liquid.
If the garment is all white, the possibility of bleaching the garment exists, as a last step.
Pre-treatment. A linen garment is good to soak before washing. Maybe there is a washing program excluding centrifuging, that can be used? The soaking is to give the linen fibres a chance to swell and do not get permanent lasting wrinkles. Centrifuging has to be very mildly or not at all, of the same reason. This is most important concerning colored linen fabric, all linen that are not all white. The wrinkles are white, and are not visible at white fabric like they are at colored fabric.
Iron linen at a moisture fabric and at warm temperature. If the fabric is very creased, moisture the dress, and put it in a plastic bag over night. The moisture will spread well into the entire dress, and swell the fibres and the ironing will be much easier.
Linen - timeless fashion
Linen is a pleasant natural material, of beauty and lustre. Linen is a material with deep roots in our culture.
It was used long before cotton got its breakthrough. It was especially used for the clothing worn closest to the body.
The Linen fibre is straight, quite stiff and has lustre. Its smooth surface makes dirt not hang on to it very well. Linen has a good ability to keep moisture and is stronger wet than dry.
A new generation is going to discover linen and its pleasant and beautiful quality.
Linen fits perfect in the thought of a sustainable fashion. Linen is not as hard to the nature growing and producing as conventional cotton. The very best is of course organic grown and produced materials, and compared by social commitments to secure safety and salaries to live on.
The association of Nature Protection
At the site http://www.naturskyddsforeningen.se/nyheter/hitta-din-egen-smarta-och-personliga-stil#googtrans/en are tips given how to dress more sustainable and also thoughts about materials. We need to use more different future friendly materials, to complement to the cotton, now dominating.
“More material is needed”
As consumers we can demand organic cotton, but it will not be enough. We simply have to use less cotton and use more materials, such as hemp mostly grown without chemical pesticides and fertilizers. Also flax and Swedish wool are materials that are better for the environment than conventionally grown cotton.
“Slow Fashion - fewer but better pieces”
Is for fashionistas what slow food is for gourmets - an approach to clothing that prioritize fewer, finer garments of higher quality with less environmental impact, and preferably with an interesting and unique design. It's about fashion must be long term. Only then can we create a clothing industry that is sustainable for real.