Wash and care

Wash and care

ORGANIC MERINO WOOL

* Air often – seldom wash.
* Wool is self-cleaning: it reacts with oxygen in the air and neutralises skin secretions.
* Airing extends washing intervals.
* Wash wool preferably by hand in lukewarm water.
* For washing use olive oil soap or wool washing agent.
* You can also wash woollens with a washing machine’s wool-wash program (30°C).
* Soft spin, do not tumble dry.
* Stains disappear with gall soap.
* It is recommended to treat woollens that need to be washed often with wool conditioner
  that protects the wool fibre, preserving its softness and the ability to absorb moisture.
* Shape clothing whilst damp.
* Dry preferably on a towel on a level surface.
   If hang to dry, hang garments with collars (outdoor shirts, polo shirts) from the hem.
* Do not dry wool in sunlight or close to a heating source.
* Protect wool from moths and beetles.
* Ruskovilla woollens are not treated with moth protection agents.
* When clothing is not being used, store it in a sealed plastic bag.

SILK WOOL (30%/70%)

* Air often – seldom wash.
* Airing helps to eliminate odours from silk wool clothing.
* Wash silk wool preferably by hand in lukewarm water.
* For a detergent use a silk washing liquid or olive oil soap.
* You can also wash silk wool clothing with a washing machine’s wool-wash program (30°C).
* Soft spin, do not tumble dry
* Stains disappear with gall soap.
* Shape clothing whilst damp.
* Do not dry silk wool in sunlight or close to a heating source.
* Protect silk wool from moths and beetles.
* Ruskovilla silk wool garments are not  treated with moth protection agents
* When clothing is not being used, store it in a sealed plastic bag to protect from moths and beetles

100% PURE SILK

* Airing helps to eliminate odours from silk clothing.
* Wash silk preferably by hand in lukewarm water.
* If a detergent is required use a silk washing liquid
* You can also wash silk garments with a washing machine’s hand-wash program (30°C).
* Light spin, do not tumble dry.
* Stains disappear with gall soap.
* Shape clothing whilst damp.
* Do not dry silk in sunlight or close to a heating source.
* When clothing is not being used, store it in a sealed plastic bag to protect from moths and beetles.
 

100% ORGANIC COTTON 

 
* Wash ecological cotton in a washing machine (40-60°C).
* Preferably use a nature-friendly fast-decomposing detergent.
* Stains disappear with gall soap.
* Do not tumble dry.
* Shape clothing when damp and hang to dry.
* If necessary, iron at reverse side with temperature suitable for cotton.

PROTECT YOUR WOOLLEN GARMENTS AGAINST CLOTHES MOTHS AND FUR BEETLES
 
All organic matter gradually returns to the circle of nature. Our environment is swarming with nature’s tiny 'helpers', which are indispensable decomposers, pollinators and objects of nourishment from the aspect of nature. However, some of these are rather bothersome creatures when straying to human abodes, especially moths and fur beetles, the larva of which use the keratin protein in wool for their principal source of nutrition.
 
Ruskovilla woollen garments are not protected against moths, since moth repellents are harmful to the health of people.
 
 
CLOTHES MOTH
 
The clothes moth is a small, one-colour, slightly golden yellowish brown butterfly with a head the colour of deep rust brown. Clothes moths have spread all over the world alongside  humans. In cities they mostly live in the nests of domesticated doves and other animals bred in buildings, but can nest also in peoples’ homes, especially if something they can feed on is available. They can breed several generations in a year. Flight is most numerous in spring and from the early summer when the sun starts to warm things up.
 
 
FUR BEETLE
 
Adult fur beetles are smallish, almost hemispherical dark brown insects, whose bodies are covered by fine and thick hair. In Finland fur beetles occur only in heated premises, such as apartments and storerooms. An adult fur beetle eats nothing and can be encountered around the year. They fly well, which contributes to their spreading, for example, in apartment buildings. Adult beetles seek light, and can often be found on window-sills. Fur beetles breed three to four generations in a year. In woollen clothes the larvae eat irregular holes, which are often close together.
 
Source: publication Rohmut ja Riesat by the Finnish Museum Association, 2005.
 
 
NATURAL SUPPRESSION METHODS
 
Store in a plastic bag:
 
When a woollen garment is no longer in continuous use, it would be good to store it in a tight plastic bag (such as the bag into which the product was initially packaged).
 
Freezing:
 
Freezing (in summer) and placing into a cold environment (-20 ºC) is an efficient deterrent, resulting in the death of all individuals from eggs to adults.
 
 
RED CEDARWOOD DISCS
 
Moths and beetles can be deterred successfully by placing cedarwood discs in the wardrobe. The wood’s cedar oil, with its pleasant smell, functions as a natural non-toxic moth repellent. With its fresh smell red cedar also repels fur beetles, silver fish, cockroaches, fleas and ants.
 
 
MOTH TRAP
 
Glue trap for clothes moths
Contains: 1 glue pad with integrated attracting substance (pheromone)
Effective duration: 12 weeks from opening the protective package.
 
The attractant vaporises into the air, disperses in the environment and lures male moths who are seeking mates and are then caught in the glue trap. This prevents the fertilisation of female moths and the number of moths continuously decreases.

Why we sell our products in plastic bags ?
 
We do not use moth protection on our garments since they are harmful to the health of people. This makes the material more vulnerable while storing in between seasons for example but this makes the products suitable for even newborn babies with their extremely delicate and sensitive skin. 
 
When a woollen garment is no longer in continuous use, it should be stored in a tight plastic bag. This is the reason we sell you the product in this multifunctional zip bag.
 

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