Care Guide

Care
Storing
Washing and drying
Combed cotton shirts
Tencel Shirts
Merino
Lambswool
Uniforms
Underwear

 

Care

At Blanc, the act of caring is at the essence of each of our garments as a tool via which we bring into practice quality and, consequently, durability. We believe that when you care, you cannot do or have too much, since you can only truly care about so many things.
But, the importance of care doesn’t stop at the end of the production cycle. We aim to extent its embrace into the realm of daily usage too. The amount of care that goes into a product deserves to be mirrored throughout its whole lifecycle to eliminate overconsumption and underappreciation, for quality, durability and careful selection to remain.
In this Care Guide we share some tips on how to optimally take care of each of our pieces.

 

 

Storing

  • Fold garments along their seams to avoid creases and to maintain the shape of the item. This is however with exception for tailored pieces, which should be folded along their creases to maintain their silhouette.

  • Store your items in a cool and dry space. Damp, sunlight and heat can all cause damage in the long term.

  • Try not to overfill your wardrobe. Clothes need breathing space and fabrics rubbing together can result in wrinkling and colour losses.

  • Use wooden or padded hangers when hanging clothes, to protect them from losing their shape.

  • Store all your natural fabrics with lavender bags for protection against moths.

 

Washing and drying

Hand washing is always best for safeguarding both fabric quality and the environment. You can read our extensive guide for handwashing below. If you do machine wash:
  • Try not to wash more often than necessary, as doing so causes fibres to weaken and visibly lose their structure. Read into the advised washing frequency for different fabrics before the first wash.
  • Treat stains before washing by gently dabbing a small amount of stain remover on the problem area. Before first usage, do a test on an inside seam to check whether the fabric’s colour will not be affected.
  • Wash garments inside out.
  • Use a gentle liquid detergent rather than a powder one. Liquid detergents dissolve better which prevents flocks settling on fabrics and creating holes. If you do use a powder detergent, dissolving it in a little water first can prevent this.
  • Wash items not worn directly to skin at lower temperatures at a maximum of 30°.
  • Wash at the shortest cycle. This is almost always sufficient whilst also saving quality and water.
  • Avoid overfilling when machine washing. Ideally do not fill more than half of the machine.
  • Do not use fabric softeners, as these coat the fibres which reduces their breathability. It also breaks fibres which weakens the fabric over time.
  • Air dry when you can. Long-term tumble drying cracks the fabric’s fibres, resulting in premature aging and pilling.
  • If you have a small stain that is not caused by ink or blood, try rubbing the stained area gently against a clean piece of the same fabric. This can do miracle work.
  • If you use an iron, use steam or iron the shirt when it’s still humid. This makes ironing easy taking less of a toll on the garment.

Hand Washing Guide

  • Fill a basin with lukewarm water, enough to hold the item with room to move it around.

  • Add a gentle, liquid detergent for woollens or delicates, depending on the item that needs washing.

  • Turn the garment inside out and push it completely under water. Gently squeeze, but don’t agitate it.

  • Spot treat any problem areas with a slight amount of stain remover and dab or massage gently with your fingertips or a soft cloth. Do not rub.

  • Soak the garment for about for a length of time depending on the fabric. Woollens and Tencel shirts can be soaked for about five minutes, cottons about twenty. Soak your underwear for about an hour, swirling your items around a few times over the course of it. Do not soak in warm water for too long, as this can cause shrinkage.

  • Gather in both hands and lift out of the water. Especially with heavier fabric such as wool, make sure not to stretch any parts out of shape when lifting. Gently press access water out of the garment.

  • Drain the soapy water, rinse out the soap and fill the basin with water again. Use the same temperature as before, as a change of temperate may cause the fibres to constrict. Submerge the garment in the rinse water, and gently squeeze to remove soap.

  • Lift the garment out of the water with similar care as before and repeat the rinse steps until the water remains clear. This is likely about three to four times.

  • Gently remove access water without wringing and lay flat to dry on a clean, dry towel.

  • If you feel like your garment is too drippy, roll up the towel and garment without wringing or twisting, roll out, and place the garment on a new dry and clean towel.

  • Smooth the fabric softly whilst it’s still damp, to avoid wrinkles.

 

Combed Cotton Shirts

The care instructions for combed cotton are usually, as for regular cotton, fairly flexible. However, there is a lot that you can do to make its good appearance and feel last the longest.
  • Hand washing is always best for safeguarding combed cotton’s fabric quality and the environment at large. If this is not an option, the delicate cycle on your machine is preferred.
  • Cold water is recommended for washing. Warm water can be used, but never hot.
  • Wash inside out and use a gentle, liquid detergent.
  • Do not use fabric softeners, as these coat and break the fibres, which reduces their breathability and also weakens the fabric over time.
  • Tumble drying can break fibres and weaken fabric over time. Dry by laying down flat. If you do not have the space, use a wooden hanger to hang dry. If you do need to tumble dry, use a low spin setting. You can also use the cool-down cycle of the tumble dryer 10 minutes before the end of the drying process to allow combed cotton fibres to relax.
  • Spot treat any stains immediately after they appear. Do so before washing by gently dabbing a small amount of stain remover on the problem area. Before first usage, do a test on an inside seam to check whether the colour will not be affected.

 

Tencel Shirts

  • Hand washing is always best for safeguarding both Tencel’s quality and the environment at large. If this is not an option, use a low-spin delicate cycle on your machine.

  • Cold water is recommended for washing. Warm water can be used, but never hot.

  • Turn your Tencel tee inside out and place into a washing bag before machine washing to maintain optimal quality.

  • Use a gentle, liquid detergent.

  • Do not use fabric softeners, as these coat and break the fibres, which reduces their breathability and also weakens the fabric over time.

  • Spot treat any stains immediately after they appear. Do so before washing by gently dabbing a small amount of stain remover on the problem area. Before first usage, do a test on an inside seam to check whether the colour will not be affected.

  • Machine drying will shrink your Tencel shirts and hang drying will stretch it out of shape. Instead, after washing gently squeeze out any excess water, without wringing. Then dry your woollens flat on a towel. You can gently smooth to shape whilst they are damp. It’s important not to hang dry as this can stretch the fabric.

  • When storing your Tencel shirts, it is important not to hang them as this will stretch the fabric.

 

Merino

  • Wash your merino wool very sparingly. Wool needs less washing due to its naturally anti-bacterial properties. If you are looking for a feeling of freshness, hang to ventilate.

  • Handwashing is best for safeguarding both wool’s quality and the environment at large. If this is not an option, use the low spin wool or delicate cycle on your machine.

  • Turn your merino garments inside out and place them in laundry bag before machine washing. This will prevent from abrasion that can ultimately lead to pilling.

  • Use a specialist, liquid wool detergent that is natural and free of enzymes. Regular and biological enzyme-based detergents damage the protein in wool which weakens fibres and eventually will result in small holes.

  • Do not use fabric softeners, as these coat the fibres which reduces their breathability. It also encourages pilling as it helps the fibres move to the surface easier 

  • Despite merino being not too sensitive for shrinkage, machine drying subjects it to extra abrasion which takes a toll over time. Hang drying will stretch it out of shape. Instead, dry your woollens flat on a towel. You can gently smooth to shape whilst they are damp. If you do tumble dry, use a low spin setting.

  • Store knitwear with lavender bags for protection against moths.

  • Store your knitwear folded rather than hung up, as hanging will distort the shape over time.

  • If pilling does occur, eliminate with a wool razor or comb.

  • Spot treat any stains immediately after they appear. Do so before washing by gently dabbing a small amount of stain remover on the problem area. Before first usage, do a test on an inside seam to check whether the colour will not be affected.

 

Lambswool

  • Wash your lambswool wool very sparingly. Wool needs less washing due to its naturally anti-bacterial properties. If you are looking for a feeling of freshness, hang to ventilate. 

  • Lambswool is very sensitive to shrinking, so it’s important to hand wash. Also, over time, machine washed lambswool can lose its soft feel due to fibres that can lock together during the tumbling of the washing machine. If handwashing is not an option, use the low spin and low temperature wool or delicate cycle on your machine.

  • Turn your lambswool garments inside out and place them in laundry bag before machine washing. This will prevent from abrasion that can ultimately lead to pilling.

  • Use a specialist, liquid wool detergent that is natural and free of enzymes. Regular and biological enzyme-based detergents damage the protein in wool which weakens fibres and eventually will result in small holes.

  • Do not use fabric softeners, as these coat the fibres which reduces their breathability. It also encourages pilling as it helps the fibres move to the surface easier.

  • Machine drying will shrink your lambswool and hang drying will stretch it out of shape. Instead, dry your woollens flat on a towel. You can gently smooth to shape whilst they are damp.

  • Don’t dry near heat or in direct sunlight, as this can cause shrinkage.

  • Store knitwear with lavender bags for protection against moths.

  • Store your knitwear folded rather than hung up, as hanging will distort the shape over time.

  • If pilling does occur, eliminate with a wool razor or comb.

  • Spot treat any stains immediately after they appear. Do so before washing by gently dabbing a small amount of stain remover on the problem area. Before first usage, do a test on an inside seam to check whether the colour will not be affected.

 

Uniforms

  • Uniforms only need to be washed when soiled. It’s important minimise the amounts of washing, as overwashing can cause damage to the fibres and hence decrease the lifespan. When washing, read the specific care instructions for the fabric.

  • When storing your uniforms, hang on wooden hangers with space in between to keep the uniforms smooth. Fold your tailored trousers along the crease to preserve its style.

  • When ironing the square shirt, start with the collar, follow with the cuffs, and end with the remaining fabric.

 

Underwear

Dry Nylon Underwear

  • Treat your delicates like delicates. Ideally hand wash. If this is not an option, use a low-spin delicate cycle on your machine.

  • Lukewarm water is recommended for washing. Nylon can melt in heat, so never use hot water.

  • If you do machine wash, turn your underwear inside out and place into a washing bag before machine washing. Hook your bras closed before washing. This will reduce microfibre shedding.

  • Wash with similar items. Avoid including heavily soiled garments, rough fabrics like jeans, or garments with harsh elements such as studs and zippers.

  • Use a mild, liquid detergent for delicates, that’s gentle on both fabrics and skin. As underwear is worn directly to skin, we highly recommend using a hypoallergenic detergent to prevent irritation and even allergic reactions that can be caused by using more soapy and chemical detergents.

  • Do not use fabric softeners, as these coat and break the fibres, which reduces their breathability and also weakens the fabric over time.

  • Spot treat any stains immediately after they appear. Do so before washing by gently dabbing a small amount of stain remover on the problem area.

  • Do not tumble dry. Only air dry in the shade.

  • Store your underwear separately from the rest of your clothes to protect them from abrasion and maintain quality. If you store in a drawer, cover with silk paper or another fabric to prevent the wood from pulling on it.

  • Every piece with elastic in it should be in a rotation, especially bras. The elastic occasionally needs to relax in order to maintain its elasticity.

Mesh underwear

  • Treat your delicates like delicates. Ideally hand wash. If this is not an option, use a low-spin delicate cycle on your machine.

  • Lukewarm water is recommended for washing.

  • If you do machine wash, turn your underwear inside out and place into a washing bag before washing. Hook your bras closed. This will reduce microfibre shedding.

  • Wash with similar items. Avoid including heavily soiled garments, rough fabrics like jeans, or garments with harsh elements such as studs and zippers.

  • Use a mild, liquid detergent for delicates, that’s gentle on both fabrics and skin. As underwear is worn directly to skin, we highly recommend using a hypoallergenic detergent to prevent irritation and even allergic reactions that can be caused by using more soapy and chemical detergents.

  • Do not use fabric softeners, as these break fibres which weakens the fabric over time.

  • Spot treat any stains immediately after they appear. Do so before washing by gently dabbing a small amount of stain remover on the problem area.

  • Do not tumble dry. Only air dry on a flat surface.

  • Store your underwear separately from the rest of your clothes to protect them from abrasion and maintain quality. If you store in a drawer, cover with silk paper or another fabric to prevent the wood from pulling on it.

  • Every piece with elastic in it should be in a rotation, especially bras. The elastic occasionally needs to relax in order to maintain its elasticity.

Cotton underwear

  • Hand washing is always best for safeguarding combed cotton’s fabric quality and the environment at large. If this is not an option, the delicate cycle on your machine is preferred.

  • Cold water is recommended for washing. Warm water can be used, but never hot.

  • If you do machine wash, turn your underwear inside out and place into a washing bag before washing. Hook your bras closed. This will reduce microfibre shedding.

  • Wash with similar items. Avoid including heavily soiled garments, rough fabrics like jeans, or garments with harsh elements such as studs and zippers.

  • Use a mild, liquid detergent that’s gentle on both fabrics and skin. As underwear is worn directly to skin, we highly recommend using a hypoallergenic detergent to prevent irritation and even allergic reactions that can be caused by using more soapy and chemical detergents.

  • Do not use fabric softeners, as these coat and break the fibres, which reduces their breathability and also weakens the fabric over time.

  • Spot treat any stains immediately after they appear. Do so before washing by gently dabbing a small amount of stain remover on the problem area.

  • Tumble drying can break fibres, weakening fabric over time. Dry to air, ideally laid down flat on a towel or rack. If you do need to tumble dry, use a low spin setting. You can also use the cool-down cycle of the tumble dryer 10 minutes before the end of the drying process to allow combed cotton fibres to relax.

  • Store your underwear separately from the rest of your clothes to protect them from abrasion and maintain quality. If you store in a drawer, cover with silk paper or another fabric to prevent the wood from pulling on it.