CARE FOR INTERVAL . 1 January 2017

 

We all have experienced moments of regret when you had to throw away a favourite garment because we have accidentally ruined it in the wash. Here at Interval, we have a few simple tips to keep our garments fresh and in shape. After all, a well made garment, if treated right, will love you back for years and years.

 

Cotton

Versatile, comfortable and super easy to care for, cotton is one of our favourite fibres. We use both pure cotton and cotton blends in a range woven and knitwear designs. A specialty of ours is cotton bamboo blend shirting. Most cotton garments are fully machine-washable and can be tumble-dried.

CLEAN . wash with similar colours.

TRICK . wash white cottons at higher temperature, it will keep them white for longer.

DRY . tumble dry or line dry.

AVOID . drying bright colours in the sun, because the colours will fade over time.

ALWAYS . read the care label, because certain fabrics will require more delicate care.

 

Linen

Fun fact: linen is widely acknowledged as the world’s oldest textile fibre.  Strong and durable, breathable in summer, warm in winter, linen garments are comfortable to wear all year round.

CLEAN . gentle machine wash with similar colours, linen grows softer and more lustrous with wash.

DRY . line dry or tumble dry on delicate cycle, no need to iron as most linen garments carries a natural crinkled look.

AVOID . high temperature and direct sunlight, it will yellow your garment.

ALWAYS . read the care label, because certain fabrics will require more delicate care.

 

Silk

Smooth and supple to handle, silk is cooling, breathable and hypoallergenic. We mostly use silk in woven garments, but sometimes we knit it into beautifully light and sheer tops. The best and safest way to care for your silks is to send it to a trusted dry-cleaner. However, if you prefer to wash, here is what we recommend.

CLEAN . cold hand wash in mild specialty detergent (or place your garment in a wash bag, use the ‘hand wash’ cycle on your washing machine with the lowest temperature setting.)

TRICK: when rinsing (after washing with detergent), add a few drops of lemon juice, this will neutralise the alkaline and maintain the supple texture for longer.

DRY . pat dry with towel, dry flat in shade, iron with low temperature setting.

AVOID . high temperature, direct sunlight, tumble drying, wringing, bleaching and whitening (because the chemicals will damage the fibre).

ALWAYS . read the care label, because certain fabrics will require more delicate care.

 

Merino Wool

We use a lot of different types of wools in our winter ranges. However, merino wool is always our favourite as it has one of the finest fibres of all wools. Airy light, soft and warm to wear, its many superior natural qualities make it the perfect choice for our premium knitwear range. On the contrary to popular belief that wool garments are dry-clean only, many of our merino wool garments are hand or machine washable. Please check the garment’s care label to for details.

CLEAN . If the garment allows for washing, cold hand wash or machine wash using the Wool or Delicate cycle with wool detergent (we recommend a Woolmark approved one). Or simply send it to your trusted dry-cleaner.

DRY . flat in shade to prevent the garment from growing.

AVOID . high temperature, extended exposure to direct sunlight, hanging, tumble-drying and bleaching.

ALWAYS . read the care label, because certain fabrics will require more delicate care.

 

Cupro

With a supple, cool and luxurious handle that is similar to silk, cupro is a synthetic fibre made from dissolved cotton or plant materials. It has a beautifully fluid drape and is very breathable.

CLEAN . cold hand wash with similar colours.

DRY . hang dry in shade, gentle steam to remove creases.

AVOID . high temperature. heat is cupro’s enemy as it will leave permanent marks and creases in the fabric.

ALWAYS . read the care label, because certain fabrics will require more delicate care.

 

Words by Kara Liu . Photos by Carlo Hilton .


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