HOW TO CARE FOR YOUR KNITWEAR
Like all things in life that are delicate, a little bit of care and attention will keep your knitwear looking fresh and ensure its longevity.
WASHING YOUR KNITWEAR
It’s best to wash knits individually or with like colours. Remove belt or a tie (if it’s a part of your garment) to prevent from tangling, then hand-wash cold using a gentle detergent and rinse thoroughly. To get rid of excess water, roll your knitwear in a towel and gently press to absorb. Then pull back into shape and using a fresh towel, lay your knit flat to dry.
Knitwear carrying the Woolmark Machine Washable label can be safely machine-washed on the ‘wool’ setting. If your machine does not have a wool cycle, use the cold-wash or delicate cycle. After washing, gently shake, reshape and lay flat to dry. Irrespective of the method of cleaning, it’s highly recommended to wash knitwear inside-out to protect the outer surface.
Avoid using heavy duty detergents, ‘Bio’ detergents containing enzymes and detergents containing bleaches. Pre-dissolve powdered detergents prior to adding to the wash to help prevent concentrated specks of detergent from coming into contact with the sweater – this may cause holes.
WHAT IS PILLING?
Pilling is the formation of fuzzy balls on the surface of clothing. It’s a very complex phenomenon and depends on many factors, including the action of the wearer. It’s usually caused by rubbing during wear or constant contact with rough surfaces. Although it can occur on any part of the knit, the most common areas are the elbows, armpits, sleeves, belly and the sides where the arms are in constant contact with the body.
HOW TO REMOVE PILLS
By removing pills by hand or using a special device, your clothing will retain its new look and feel. To remove pills, SABA recommends a fabric comb. This should be done routinely, after drying or just prior to ironing – very gently and carefully to ensure no damage is done to the item of clothing. Please note that some pills can fall off the garment during the wash especially if it’s cashmere.
HOW TO AVOID PILLING
To reduce the risk of pilling, always turn the item inside-out when laundering. Any migration of fibres due to abrasion during washing will cause protruding fibres, which can result in pilling. When applying a domestic softener or conditioner in the final rinse stage, add a minimal amount. The presence of excessive softener or conditioner can assist in migration of the fibres to the surface.
HOW TO STORE KNITWEAR
To avoid stretching you should always store your garments flat. It’s recommended to air knitwear before you store it away.