Wash and Care
We think it is very important to take good care of your unique items.
The selected vintage pieces by andpause are mostly made in 100% fibres like 100% cotton, silk or cashmere.
See below the wash and care instructions we recommend for these different materials.
Silk wash & care
About the quality
Silk is a natural fibre which is obtained from the cocoons of silk moths.One fine continuous filament, which can be up to 1 km long,is carefully unraveled from the cocoon and spun into this luxurious yarn.Silk is supremely delicate,refined and feels fantastic against the skin.
The handwash method
How to wash:
1. First clean out the sink to ensure there are no other cleaning products in there that may damage your silk item. Once clear, fill your sink with cool water.
2. Add the recommended amount of delicate-garment detergent. Briksly run your hand through the water to distribute the detergent and create suds.
3. Turn your garment inside out and submerge the garment gently squeezing the suds through it. Spot treat any problem areas with a squirt of neat detergent and massage gently with fingertips. Rinse and repeat if necessary. Allow the garment to soak for 10 minutes.
4. Drain the sink and rinse your garment with cool water until the water rinses clear. Gently press water out (do not wring or twist). Gently place your silk garment on a clear, dry bath towel. Roll up the towel and press with your palms to squeeze out excess water.
5. remove the garment from the towel and hang to (drip) dry. or use a drying rack if you have one. (Button up your silk blouse and pull pockets straight to avoid unsightly wrinkles.)
6. Once the garment is dry, gently iron the silk garment on a low temperature. (Use a clean kitchen towel between the iron and the garment to avoid press marks.)
The machine wash.
Let’s be honest,
Sometimes it is the most convenient. And you decide to machine wash your vintage pieces. This is how we recommend you to machine wash your silk and/or wool pieces.
1. Set the machine to gentle & cold wash (or a silk/wool program if this is on your washing machine.) and use a delicate liquid soap
2. Turn the garment inside out. and put into a delicate-garment washing bag
3. Place your garment+washing bag into the washing machine
4. When the wash cycle is complete gently pull your piece out and hang or lay flat to dry.
Cashmere is a natural fiber obtained from cashmere goat and other types of goat.
This luxurious material is fine in texture, strong, light and very soft.
Cashmere washing plan:
‘Hand wash only’
Cashmere falls into the ominous ‘hand was only’ category.
Follow below steps for the best result:
1. First clean out the sink to ensure there are no other cleaning products in there that may damage your cashmere. Once clean, fill your sink with cool water.
2. Add the recommended amount of delicate garment detergent and briskly run your hand through the water to distribute the detergent & generate suds. (Baby shampoo works equally well if you are running empty on the delicate garment detergent and you are in a hurry.)
Turn your garment inside out and submerge the cashmere, gently squeezing the suds through it. Spot treat with a squirt of neat detergent and massage gently with fingertips. Rinse and repeat where necessary and allow the garment to soak for 10 minutes.
3. Drain the sink and rinse your cashmere with cool water until the water rinses clear. Gently press water out and place it lengthwise on a clean, dry bath towel. Roll up the towel and press with your palms to squeeze out excess water. (Do not wring or twist)
Remove the garment from the towel and smooth it out into its original shape. Lay the cashmere flat on a dry towel or drying rack if you have one, and allow it to air dry.
Wool is an animal fiber often made from fleece of sheep or lamb.
For the best result, use the same wash instructions as we advise for cashmere.
It is not necessary to wash your wool garment after each wear.
Simply hang it out in fresh air or in a damp bathroom to remove any odors.
Wool is a natural fiber that clean itself to some extent.
After washing your wool garment, lay flat to dry and iron on medium heat
with damp or on a damp cloth on the garment.
We can imagine there is sometimes lack of time or motivation,
It is also possible to use your ‘Wool’ program on your washing machine.
(See ‘The Washing machine’ instructions above)
Follow below steps if you have any questions about leather care:
How to protect my leather for weather conditions? protect your leather by spraying it every 2-3 months.
How to clean dirty or dry spots on your leather garment? Use leather oil to treat the spot. Gently rub the spots with your fingertips. After this the leather will be as good as new
Dirty leather; What to do? Do not wash it by yourself. bring the dirty item to a professional dry cleaner
Help! my leather item is folded and wrinkled. It is possible to iron your leather garment. use a (clean) kitchen towel between the leather garment and your iron.
Leather is the most ancient
and natural material with a unique characteristic:
– the longer you wear it, the more beautiful it becomes.-
In general, our advise for denim: Wear Often, Wash not so often.
If you do wash your jeans: use a gently washing detergent.
The tub soak is a great way to wash your jeans:
- 1. Fill your tub with detergent and enough water
- 2. Moving the jeans around in the water and rub away any excess dirt.
- 3. Let the jean soak for 10-15 minutes.
- 4. Drain the water from the tub and wring out any excess water.
- 5. Hang the jeans to dry and smooth out any wrinkles or creases in the fabric.
It is also okay to machine wash your jeans every once in a while.
Turn the jeans inside out, and us a cold water wash method.
After the wash is complete, turn the jeans right-side out, smooth any wrinkles and hang the jeans to dry.