Obus is committed to making clothes that you’ll treasure for years to come. To ensure your garment maintains its shape, vibrancy and wearability, take note of your garments care labels and have a read of the information below.
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COLD GENTLE HAND WASH
For best results, use a mild liquid product designed for hand washable or delicate garments. Avoid products containing eucalyptus, bleach or colour brighteners as this may damage the fabric or print. Eco-friendly supermarket brands we recommend are Eco Store & Earth Choice. Make sure the detergent is completely dissolved in water. Immerse the garment and gently wash. Never rub, wring or soak garments. Rinse the garment thoroughly in cool water and dry without delay.
Some fabrics, such as Viscose crepe and Linen/Viscose, can appear to shrink when washed due to the tightening of fibres when submerged in water. We recommend a gentle press or steam on low temperature on the reverse side to relax the fibres back into the original size and shape of the garment.
Note: We do not recommend using the ‘gentle hand wash’ cycle on your machine instead of hand washing.
For best results, please use a gentle machine cycle on a cold temperature. Follow the directions on your laundry detergent, but avoid products containing Eucalyptus, bleach or colour brighteners as this may damage the fabric or print. Cool rinse well and use a gentle spin cycle. If the label states "Drip Dry" then remove the garment before the spin cycle. We recommend using a delicates bag where possible.
Note: We very rarely recommend using a tumble dryer for your garment. However, if we do, your care label will state 'May Be Tumble Dried'.
Certain fabrics or special tailoring may be Dry Clean Only. For best results, point out any specific marks or stains and be sure to give your trusted dry cleaner the care label if you have removed it. For stain removal, a dry cleaner will need to know the nature of the stain and the length of time it has been in the fabric.
Note: Certain Obus garments will be labelled 'Do Not Dry Clean'.
STAINS AND SPOT CLEANING
For the best results, treat stains immediately and avoid storing garments with stains. Do not rub stained areas as doing so may cause fabric damage and pilling. Blot gently from the outside of the stain toward the centre, with a spot cleaner recommended for the type of stain. Test spot cleaners on an inconspicuous area of the garment. Water may set stains in some fabrics so if you are unsure as to the treatment do not use water, instead seek professional help from your local dry cleaner.
Items made of Tencel may be spot cleaned by applying a small amount of baby powder to the affected area and leaving overnight, before vacuuming off.
Please refer to your garment care label, as some fabric dyes may be damaged by spot cleaning.
AIR AND DRIP-DRYING
We recommend rolling the garment in a clean towel and applying gentle pressure to remove excess water (avoid wringing garments). After removing excess water, hang your garment inside out on a soft coat hanger, or lay it flat to avoid stretching and peg marks. To dry your garment flat, gently push it into shape on a flat surface with a clean towel underneath. Drip-dry in shade - direct sunlight may fade and age your garment prematurely.
IRONING, PRESSING AND STEAMING
Please note, different fabrics require different ironing and pressing temperatures.
If your garment appears to have shrunk after washing, we recommend a gentle press or steam on the reverse side before gently reshaping the garment.
Garments with surface effects or embroidery should be pressed on the reverse side.
Beading and sequins should not be pressed as doing so may cause damage. Laces and trims should be pressed using a pressing cloth (or simply a pillow case). We recommend pressing dark coloured fabrics on the wrong side or using a pressing cloth.
Store your knits folded or flat instead of hanging them to avoid stretching and loss of shape. Lavender or cedar balls can be stored with your knitwear to deter silverfish or moths. Our top tip with wool is to not over wash your pieces - to extend their lifespan, naturally air out your wool garments where possible and spot clean stains before washing. Consult your care label regarding whether your garment is machine or hand wash only.
We recommend using a gentle, eco-friendly wool wash liquid detergent for washing wool garments (free of bleach or colour brighteners). After washing we recommend wrapping your knit in a towel to remove excess water and reshaping on a flat surface to dry - this process ensures your knit retains its original shape.
Many all natural knitwear yarns naturally pill after the first few wears as the smaller fibres work their way out. We recommend using a battery operated depiller to help the fibres to smooth and reduce balling over time.
Similarly to knitwear, Obus Organic Denim’s longevity increases when washing is minimised. You don’t need to wash your jeans after each wear and should opt for spot cleaning or airying the garment outside overnight.
When you do need to wash your jeans, we suggest only a cold machine wash. For darker washes of denim (Indigo or Black), it’s best to wash separately (or with other dark items) at first to avoid run or rub off.
We recommend applying an appropriate protector to new footwear before the first wear. For longevity, re-apply once a month.
Spray leather shoes with waterproofer before wear & repeat monthly to protect and repel liquid, stains and dirt. Polish monthly and clean when necessary with a leather conditioner and soft rag to remove any dirt accumulated on your travels. We suggest TOPY be applied to the soles of your boots to help them last as long as possible.
Cold hand wash or gentle machine wash with mild detergent. Do not soak, bleach, spin dry or tumble dry. Rinsing your swimwear in cold, fresh water after every use to avoid damage to the fabric by salt, sand and pool chemicals. Remove any excess water and dry without delay, line dry out of direct sunlight. Avoid any rough surfaces, excess contact with harsh chemicals such as deodorants, make-up or perfume.
Gently clean jewellery with a soft cloth to remove perfumes, oils and acids transferred from the skin during wear. Avoid the use of abrasive detergents, ammonia, alcohol or jewellery cleaners. Store in a dry place. Do not wear while swimming or in the shower.
GENERAL PRODUCT CARE, TIPS & TRICKS
If you decide to remove the care label from your garment, please retain it in a safe place for reference.
Matching garments should be laundered together to avoid colour variations occurring.