Caring for Fabrics when using our World Famous Clothes Rack.
Mrs. Pegg’s Handy Line is famous for her indoor/outdoor clothes rack. But here are some fabric care tips you may not know!
Once you read our Fabric Care tips for drying with our Clothes Rack you’ll get more wear from your clothes!
Acetate is a man-made fibre, often found blended with other fibres to create beautiful, easy-to-drape clothing. Acetate and acetate blends clean up well, but they can be very sensitive to dye transfer. Check the care label, and then wash garments containing acetate fibres in cold water.
Acetate is a weak fibre and can be damaged by twisting, wringing or heat. Hand wash acetate blends, or use the gentle cycle of the washer for machine-washable garments. Hang them on our portable clothes rack to dry
Iron garments containing acetate using a low-heat setting. Press on the wrong side and use a press cloth to avoid shine and preserve the beauty of the fabric.
Cotton is a worldwide favourite for comfortable, versatile clothing and a natural fibre.
Cotton fibres will shrink unless the fabric has been pre-shrunk or processed, so start with the care label. “Cold water only” may signal that your trousers may shrink!
Cotton items that are pre-shrunk may be washed in hot, warm or cold water, depending on the colour of the garment and the care label recommendations.
If care labels agree, add chlorine bleach to white cotton wash loads to remove stains; coloured cottons may be brightened by non-chlorine bleach formulated for coloured clothing. Cold-water washing will protect the deep colours. Over drying cotton will encourage shrinkage; so, don’t use a clothes dryer – you guessed it hang it out to dry with a Mrs. Pegg’s Handy Line.
Linen is a natural fibre, made from the flax plant. If your linen is machine-washable, wash using water appropriate to the garment’s colour. Linen absorbs more water during the washing process than other fibres, so guard against overcrowding in the washer. Hang linen on our portable clothesline and iron inside out, using steam at a hot iron setting.
A fibre sensation from the last century, most polyester fabrics may be machine-washed using warm water, but check care labels first.
If you must use a dryer remove polyester from the dryer while they’re still slightly damp to prevent wrinkles and avoid a static build-up. Use low heat when ironing as Polyester will melt beneath a hot iron.
Silk is among the world’s oldest clothing materials. While silk fibre itself is washable, many weave patterns used for silk fabric will tighten or pucker if washed, and deep dye tones may not be colour-fast.
Let garment labels guide you when cleaning silk garments. “Dry-clean only” signals a fabric or construction that will not survive washing. When washing silk use products formulated for hand washing or delicate fabrics. Mild baby shampoo (without conditioning additives that may add wax or oils) is a good choice for hand-washable silk fabrics. It will clean the natural protein and revitalize the fibre.
Never tumble silk in the dryer. You can roll the item in a towel to press out moisture, and then hang to dry on your clothes rack. Press silk garments with a mild iron.
Spandex is an elastic fibre and is now incorporated in small amounts into many types of fabric to add stretch and comfort. While spandex is hand or machine-washable, avoid hot water and chlorine bleach. Both will damage the spandex fibres. Hang spandex garments on a clothes rack and avoid machine drying.
The heat of the dryer can cause some spandex-blends to pucker or bubble. If ironing is necessary, press the item quickly with a mild iron.
Australia grew on the sheep’s back! A brilliant natural fibre insulating and easy to dye, wool can be found in both the toughest and most delicate clothing.
In the natural state, wool is washable, but because many wool garments incorporate construction methods that cannot be washed, dry-clean wool clothing where the label requires. If washable, use a gentle detergent and hand wash or machine-wash as directed by the clothing care label.
A tip from a venerable Shetland Islands’ knitter: Wash and rinse wool fibres in lukewarm water. Using cold water to rinse can cause shrinkage when it comes to wool.
We have covered most of the “normal” or everyday fabrics that you would encounter on most washing days. The answer to the Peg Competition is Always read the Instructions before Clothes Drying.
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