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Bipolar favors the natural fibers (cotton, silk, wool etc) up to 80%. Why? Because life is too short not to adorn with silk, luxurious and good quality fabrics as often as you can! ... and "why not?" Why only 80%? Because, sometimes, the studies have shown that natural fibers mixed with manmade fibers give better performance results.
The following fabric care guidelines are collected so that you can make the best out of your Bipolar clothing and that you enjoy them to the maximum. For those of you who already know all these, we are sorry to have bored you. For those of you reading them for the first time, "you're welcome".
Please keep in mind that all special fabrics used by us will offer you high levels of comfort. Their care routine may not be the usual walk-in-the-park-like- washing-the-2-euro- tee, for which you don't have much love. All clothing items deserve your respect! Nothing compares to the royalty feeling that silk gives you! Noblesse oblige! There, we said it!
*** General Rules: Usually, wool, cotton, rayon, linen, polyester and nylon can all be dry cleaned with all the regular solvents (Perchloroethylene, Hydrocarbons). All wool is DRY CLEAN only, except the items marked with "hand washable". With heat restrictions, water quantity, tumble dry speed we find the acrylic (gets destroyed by heat), polyester and silk (especially those whose textures and weaves increase their sensibility cleaning wise.
*** Ironing: Always check the fabric's sensibility to heat on a hidden and small piece. Better be safe than sorry, aye? Just that you avoid the cartoon-like situations with the entire iron outline in the middle of your skirt! Cotton, linen, viscose and derivative fabrics can be ironed at high temperatures (up to 210 degrees). Wool and polyester mixes can be ironed at temperatures below 150 degrees. Use an almost cool iron for acrylic, nylon, acetate and polyester.
Please keep in mind that wool shrinks. More than any other natural fiber! And of course (unfortunately!) the process is irreversible. A much nicer info is that wool fabric is less sensible than a knitted wool sweater for instance. Even in this case, the recommended cleaning method is DRY CLEANING. Especially when we talk about tailored items like jackets, dresses. Unless otherwise stated wool should be dry cleaned, but there are some cases in which you can hand wash it. In these rare cases be sure to "check" these rules: the water should be cold, always use a wool and delicates detergent, well dissolved in the water, and never tumble dry the garment. Also, when it comes to ironing, be sure to always place a clean, non dyed cloth, in between the iron and the wool garment.
With all the pretentious stuff said at the beginning what's left to say is that wool IS actually EXTRAORDINARY! Wool keeps you warm, is dirt, flame, wear and tearing resistant, and its unique properties allow tailoring and shaping.
Cool, soft, comfortable, and actually, the principal clothing fiber of the world. Cotton breathes, absorbs, and is not very pretentious when it comes to washing routines. Cotton can stand high temperatures and takes dyes easily. Chlorine bleach can be used to restore white garments to a clear white. Cotton can also be ironed at relatively high temperatures, stands up to abrasion and wears well. Although you can usually wash cotton at high temperatures, we recommend washing our items at maximum 40 degrees.
When asked "which is the strongest natural fiber", probably, your first choice wouldn't be "silk". But it should be! Far from us the intention of offending the intelligence of our beloved customers, but we have to state the following: thou shall not use chlorine on silk, thou shall clean stains as fast as possible, after spot-removing a stain, thou shall clean the entire garment, not all stains can be removed. Silk is a very elegant and versatile fabric. All silk is washable. When washing silk one should use a special detergent, a "delicates detergent". Always wash in cold water! Never machine- wash silk. That is not "vogue"! Usually silk does not shrink, but never say never (it depends on how dense the weaving is, and other bla-bla technical details) Ah, and, yes, thou shall not tumble dry silk, nor wring or twist. Roll it in a towel in order to extract the water. One of silk's greatest advantages is that it dries quickly. If we're on the advantages phase, let us remind you that silk has the lowest potential of provoking allergies.
In the dreaded situation of a stain: place the stained area face down on a clean white towel. Apply stain remover to the backside of the stain. Don't rub! Blot, scrape or swipe the stain. Rinse! After this, wash the entire garment.
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