At GRAYE, we prefer to use natural fabrics for our garments. Natural fabrics are made from renewable resources which are more sustainable than synthetic fabrics. We believe that extending garment life supports sustainability as well. To ensure the durability of your garment, Graye is happy to share some tips on how to care for your garments and some energy saving steps to reduce laundry environmental impact.
- • Cotton • Linen • Tencel • Cupro • Canvas Cotton • Supima Cotton • Poly Cotton Blend •
• GARMENT SORTING •
Sorting garments is the first step before washing. Light and dark colours should be separated to avoid colour transfer. Coloured garments are not advisable to wash at high temperatures as colours may fade. Another thing to take note of is the garment trimmings such as metal zipper and hooks, separating them from other garments saves them from being rubbed against. Some clothes could be worn a few times before going to the wash if it is not dirty. Clothes worn out faster when you wash it frequently.
• WASHING •
We recommend to load the drum ¾ full and try to reduce the number of loads, this saves water, energy, and money. Using an efficient washing machine saves up to 30,000 liters of water per year. Choose green detergent as they exclude ingredients that are harmful to you, your clothes, or aquatic ecosystems which might be found in conventional detergents.
Dry-cleaning - Avoid conventional dry-cleaning because conventional dry cleaning uses harmful chemicals. Try choosing green dry cleaners if you need to dry clean.
• WATER TEMPERATURE •
In reality, we wash most of our garments together. Washing in cold water (20 °C) is the safer way to prevent accident shrinkage, colour transfer or colour fading. Cold water can deal with generally mild soil with detergent. Besides, you save 90% of the energy as well by choosing cold water. However, there are times you want to raise the water temperature. Higher water temperature is helpful in deodorising and disinfect, leaving your clothes clean and fresh. Washing with warm water (40 °C) is still acceptable for washing most garments.
• DRYING •
Tumble dry – Most washing machine cycles have included non-heat tumble dry which is suitable for most garments. However, Tencel and Cupro are recommended to hang dry as the fabrics need delicate handling when wet.
Dryer – Cotton and linen fabrics are better to dry on low heat as wrinkles are harder to iron out when it is too dry. It is best not to put Supima cotton in the dryer. GRAYE ensures garments are pre-shrunk in factory productions to prevent further shrinking through washes and heat. However, it is best not to use dryer because dryer uses a lot of energy. Also, clothes last longer when you hang dry.
• IRONING •
Dampening the fabric beforehand softens the fiber and helps ironing wrinkles easier. Low ironing heat is enough for lightweight fabric. Cupro and Tencel are best ironed from inside with low heat (<110 °C). Medium heat can be used on poly cotton blend fabric. Cotton and linen fabric can withstand ironing with high heat. When ironing with high heat, it is recommended to have a piece of pressing cloth between the hot iron and the garment to prevent creating shine on the fabric while ironing.