GARMENT CARE ·
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We suggest that you dry clean most items from Firefly Designs
Africa · Asia
with the exception of 100% cotton and 100% polyester items.
When cleaned, remove the garment from the plastic, and if it is on a
transfer it to a cloth or plastic one before hanging in your closet.
If your garment is not stained or dirty, consider airing it on a
hanger in fresh air
before returning to your closet instead of dry cleaning.
When traveling, fold your Firefly Design garments between sheets of
This will minimize wrinkling.
· Dry cleaning is recommended. Laundering by machine with detergent with
other clothes may damage silk garments because laundering detergent and dyes in other clothes may adversely affect
· For some items without linings and without embellishments (i.e. silk
scarves) attached, you may CAREFULLY handwash with specially formulated handwashing product - using cool water. Do
not wring, and hang to drip dry AWAY from sunlight. Hand wash ONLY with recommended cleaner for hand washing
· Never use cholorine bleach.
· Silk is adversely affected by sunlight. For short and / or long time
storage, take care to store your Firefly Design garment protected from light, air and insects.
Touching up/Pressing your silk garment:
silk garment inside out, using a low, gentle heat setting. Sprinkle your garment with a TINY bit of water. Too much
heat can dull or burn your silk. For best results – bring to a professional dry cleaning establishment for
Alternatively – you can steam your silk.
If you wear perfume or hairspray, let both dry before donning your
silk garment. That which contains alcohol can damage your silk garment.
· Garments that are unlined and 100% cotton may be laundered by machine.
They MUST be washed with LIKE color fabrics. Machine washing should ONLY be for white garments of 100% cotton. Dyes
used in other colors may not be color-fast. Hand washing or dry cleaning is strongly recommended.
· Any good detergent can be used to wash cotton.
· Chlorine bleach can be used safely on cotton whites.
· Cotton wrinkles easily and will require pressing.
· A higher heat setting is needed in the dryer to dry cotton.
Cotton will take much longer to dry than less absorbent fibers.
· Cotton can be ironed with a hot, steam iron.
· It's a good idea to "rest" your wool items for a day between each
wearing. While your design
is "resting" - hang on a shaped or padded hanger. In this way - wool items may actually return to their original
shape (sans wrinkles) by themselves!
· Before hanging - empty pockets, remove belts and hang with closures
zipped and buttoned.
· Brush wool with a special fabric brush to remove any soil on the
· A steamy bathroom works wonders for wool. By hanging your garment,
the moisture from the steam will help remove wrinkles.
· If wool gets wet, dry the garment at room temperature away from
heat. Remove spots and stains promptly.
· Keep moths away by storing wool with fresh cedar blocks.
· Make sure that you dry clean your woolen item at least once a season
(or if it has been stained). It is very important to do this before storing.
· Press wool on the reverse side – if possible.
If you MUST press on the right side, use a pressing cloth so that no shine remains. Lower the iron and then lift
it; don’t slide it to and fro over the fabric. Use the wool setting on your iron and always use steam. Avoid
pressing your garment totally dry.
· Some of Firefly Design items are a combination of cotton and
· You may dry clean.
· You may hand or machine wash in lukewarm water. Make sure you rinse
thoroughly and do not wring before drying.
· Do not use chlorine bleach on any fabric containing
· If you wash your garment, make sure you drip dry. If machine drying,
use low temperature setting. Realize that your item will shrink if you dry in a dryer.
· If your garment requires ironing, iron quickly, not leaving the iron
in one place for too long. Use a low heat setting on your iron.
· Most items made from 100%
polyester can be machine washed and dried.
You may also dry clean.
If you wash:
· Use warm water, adding a fabric softener when the machine rinses.
· If drying by machine, use a low temperature and remove as soon as
the tumbling cycle
is complete. You may also air dry.
· If you iron, use a moderately hot iron.
· Most rayon garments should be
· Between wearings, items containing rayon may be pressed with a cool
· Some linens are washable; others
are dry-clean only. Check the label.
· White linens should be dried in the sun. This will help keep them
· Linen wrinkles VERY easily and will require pressing with a very hot
Spray starch may be used.