Firefly Designs 
AFRICA * ASIA

 

 

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 wire hanger,
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 tissue paper.
This will minimize wrinkling.

SILK
· 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 the silk.

· 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 delicate fabrics.

· 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:
Press your 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 pressing.

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.

COTTON
· 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.

WOOL
· 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 surface.

· 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.

SPANDEX
·
Some of Firefly Design items are a combination of cotton and spandex.

· 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 spandex.

· 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.

POLYESTER
· 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.

RAYON
· Most rayon garments should be dry-cleaned.

· Between wearings, items containing rayon may be pressed with a cool iron.

LINEN
· 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 white.

· Linen wrinkles VERY easily and will require pressing with a very hot iron.
Spray starch may be used.