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Caring For Your Clothes

Washing instructions and tips for caring for your clothes.

Sorting

Sort garments by their colour, similar colours together whites, darks etc as coloured garments that are meant to be washed at a higher temperature can release excess dye into your wash.

  • Always read the label and washing instructions before you wash your clothes.
  • Close zippers and hook and loop tape fastenings before washing as delicate items may get damaged.

Washing

  • Wash garments inside out to protect the fabric.
  • Always follow the detergent manufacturers guideline for the amount of clothes to be washed. It is an urban myth that the more detergent you use will give you better results, it can leave residue on the garment and cause clothing to irritate your skin.
  • Wash at 30C to save energy and money (George tests at 50C to ensure the items do not shrink in the wash)
  • Using fabric conditioner will keep your clothes looking newer for longer and help keep fibres feeling smoother and softer against the skin. (Always read instructions for exceptions)
  • Use Wool/Silk detergents for delicates where it states on the care label
  • Ensure that your washing machine is full or three quarters full, this will help save energy by doing less washes. You could also lower your spin speed, use a synthetic cycle or select manually (around 800rpm) and line Dry where ever possible.
  • Where applicable, reshape your clothes whilst damp.

Hand Washing

  • Always ensure the detergent is dissolved in water before adding the garment, avoid excessive rubbing or wringing and rinse out carefully.

Tumble Drying

  • Always check to see if a garment can be tumble dried, never tumble dry a garment that shouldn't be tumble dried.
  • Tumble dryers can use a lot of energy, If you are using a tumble dryer, use the maximum spin speed on your washing machine to help reduce drying times.

Ironing

  • Follow the instructions on the care label
  • Sort garments into similar fabric piles to reduce the need to alter temperatures on your iron.
  • To avoid iron marks iron garments inside out and delicate fabrics on a lower temperature setting.
  • Do not iron over prints/trims or embellished items


Fabric Qualities & Benefits

Cotton

  • Cotton is a cool, breathable natural fibre, very absorbent and comfortable.
  • Always try to line dry when you can and wash inside out and use fabric softeners to keep your Cotton garment looking good.

Viscose

  • Viscose is a hardwearing fabric that is soft , comfortable and drapes well.

Modal

  • Modal is a type of viscose which is soft, smooth and breathable take out - and is resistant to shrinkage, it stays particularly soft through repeated washing.

Linen

  • Linen like Cotton is a natural fibre which keeps you cool and is comfortable to wear and not clingy. It resists soiling well and is long lasting getting better with age.

Wool

  • Wool is a natural fibre and keeps you warm when its cold and cool when its warm, it is a good thermal isolator and is also very absorbent.

Polyester

  • Polyester is very strong, durable, quick drying and easy to care for.

Acrylic

  • Acrylic is ideal for sportswear as it is light, quick drying and also keeps you warm.

Lycra ®

  • Lycra is a premium brand elastane it is ideal where stretch is desired giving great recovery performance in stretch garments. It is lightweight, quick drying, and breathable it is resistant to bacteria and used particularly in swimwear, hosiery, leggings & underwear.

Nylon (Polyamide)

  • Nylon is strong, durable and quick drying, it has the ability to stretch and is particularly good for stockings

Silk

  • Is a natural fibre that has a soft handle, is tear resistant and drapes particularly well, it is kind to your skin and can be worn in all seasons.

Angora

  • Angora is a natural fibre and is soft, light and has a silky texture and is 8 times warmer than wool.

Cashmere

  • Cashmere is a natural fibre is strong and light and is extremely warm to wear.

Jersey

  • There are three types of 'Jersey'
    • Single Jersey - A single faced fabric with natural stretch and recovery
    • Interlock Jersey - A double faced fabric with more natural stretch and recovery
    • Rib Jersey - A double faced fabric with a rib appearance having a lot of stretch and recovery.

Fluoro

  • Wash your fluoro inside out
  • Don't use softeners
  • If line drying ensure the garment is inside out
  • The colour will fade in direct sunlight

Related size guides

How to measure

Womenswear Tops Size Guide

UK EURO Bust (cm) Bust (in) Waist Waist (in) Hip (cm) Hip (in)
6 34 79.5cm 31.25in 61.5cm 24.25in 86.5cm 34in
8 36 82cm 32.25in 64cm 25.25in 89cm 35in
10 38 87cm 34.25in 69cm 27.25in 94cm 37in
12 40 92cm 36.25in 74cm 29in 99cm 39in
14 42 97cm 38.25in 79cm 31in 104cm 41in
16 44 102cm 40.25in 84cm 33in 108cm 43in
18 46 108cm 42.5in 90cm 35.5in 115cm 45.25in
20 48 114cm 45in 96cm 37.75in 121cm 47.75in
22 50 120cm 47.25in 102cm 40.25in 127cm 50in
24 52 126cm 49.5in 108cm 42.5in 133cm 52.5in
26 54 132cm 52in 114cm 45in 139cm 54.75in
28 56 138cm 54.25in 120cm 47.25in 145cm 57in

Wash Care Codes

The table below will help you to understand the wash care codes

Cotton wash

Cotton Wash (No Bar) - A wash tub without a bar underneath indicates that normal (maximum) washing conditions may be used at the appropriate temperature.

Synthetics wash

Synthetics Wash (Single Bar) - A single bar beneath the wash tub indicates reduced (medium) washing conditions at the appropriate temperature.

Wool wash

Wool Wash (Double Underline) - A double underline beneath the wash tub indicates much reduced (minimum) washing conditions, and is designed specifically for machine washable wool products.

Wash by hand

Wash by hand

Do not bleach

Do not bleach

Hot iron

Hot Iron

Warm iron

Warm Iron

Cool iron

Cool Iron

Process

Bar beneath the circle will indicate the solvent and the process to be used by the dry cleaner.

Do not dry clean

Do not dry clean.

May be tumble dried

May be tumble dried.

Tumble dry, high heat

With high heat setting.

Tumble dry, low heat

With low heat setting.

Do not tumble dry

Do not tumble dry.

Do Not

A cross through any symbol means "Do Not".