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FAUX LEATHER CARE

FAUX LEATHER YOU CAN REALLY WASH

Did you know that Leather falls within the 10% of fabrics that cannot be washed? That is one of the many reasons we love the cheaper, and substantially more convenient counterpart, faux leather! 

It is impossible to give specific cleaning advice for ALL faux leathers due to the numerous finishes options, which makes it impossible for us to know which type you’re working with.

Learn how to wash our Commando faux leather leggings with these green, nontoxic steps we received from girls at The Laundress:

 
 
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you should really be hand washing cashmere

If you invest in quality cashmere, why pay dry cleaners to shorten the lifespan of that investment? The toxic chemicals used in dry cleaning can break down the fibers, and discolor areas that were exposed to your deodorant, lotions, or perfume. Hand washing your woolens will ensure longevity and ultimate softness, just follow these steps:

 
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SWIMWEAR CARE

Because swimwear shouldn't fade with your tan...

We want to help you keep your swimsuits just as vibrant as the day you took your first dip. Sunscreens, lotions, deodorant, oils, and chlorine all contain harsh chemicals and minerals, which can cause discoloration if you don’t care for your suit properly. Just follow these tips from THE LAUNDRESS after each swim to get the most wears: 

 
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WHITES

Lighten Up & Get your whites back to white

You deserve to have sparkling whites without using products that damage your fabric and the environment. Formulated to preserve your whites, The Laundress Whites Detergent, you can whiten with every wash. Color safe, dye-free, & chlorine-free, The Laundress All-Purpose Bleach Alternative will work wonders at transforming your clothing to be white and bright as new, just follow these steps:

 
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DENIM CARE

Long Live DL1961 Smart Denim

Denim is kind of “our thing” and we are super passionate about our DL1961 denim line. They are revolutionalizing the denim industry using their patented, technologically advanced fabrics to enhance how you look, feel and live in your denim. But pretty much like any relationship worth having, the longevity of your denim ultimately comes down to how you care for them. Follow these simple tips from THE LAUNDRESS to get the best and most out of your denim: 

 

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FAUX LEATHER YOU CAN REALLY WASH

Did you know that Leather falls within the 10% of fabrics that cannot be washed? That is one of the many reasons we love the cheaper, and substantially more convenient counterpart, faux leather! 

It is impossible to give specific cleaning advice for ALL faux leathers due to the numerous finishes options, which makes it impossible for us to know which type you’re working with.

Learn how to wash our Commando faux leather leggings with these green, nontoxic steps we received from girls at The Laundress:

 

 
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BAG IT

Turn inside out and place it in a Mesh Washing Bag (to protect it during the wash cycle)


WASH

Use Delicate Wash with machine on Delicate Cycle | Cold Water | Low Spin


LAY IT OUT

Lay the item in its natural shape or If hanging to dry, position to prevent stretching

Never machine dry faux leather


Freshen between washes by spritzing with antibacterial Delicate Spray to remove odors

FRESHEN UP


Dry cleaning chemicals destroy faux leather material

Remove wrinkles with steam, but be careful not to get too close as Fabric may pucker

INSIDER TIP

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FAUX LEATHER FAQ

 

Is The Laundress Delicate Wash really so different as brands, like Woolite?

Unlike Woolite, The Laundress Delicate Wash contains special enzymes that remove perspiration, oil, and buildup, while remaining safe on delicate fabrics. Specifically formulated with cleaning enhancers and color guard, it maintains the cleanliness and color saturation of your favorite garments.

How Do You Know: Real Or Faux?

Determining whether a garment is made of real or fake leather without the guidance of a care label can sometimes be difficult. Our best advice is to look for any inconsistencies in fabric surface - real leather will have many while faux will be fairly clean. Faux leather can also be identified by “unaturally perfect” look due to being made with a form of polyester/polyurethane. 

Clean faux leather with The Laundress Delicate Wash, a specialty formula that's gentle on delicate fabrics but tough on dirt and odor. 

The Laundress' general guidelines for leather:

Not Washable: If a leather item is labeled “not washable” or “dry clean only,” don’t wash or spot treat it. Trust us.

Washable: We have successfully washed many leather items labeled “washable” as well as most non-leather items with leather trim: patches, collars, zip pulls, and binding. Simply test the leather item before you wash it. Look for discoloration, spots, or other changes once the area has dried. 

Leather trim: We have successfully washed many leather trim items labeled “dry clean” or “dry clean only.” Most leather trim is made from “garment washed” leather. This type of leather has already been washed during the production stage, which means it should now be washable as part of the garment. 

Another term you may see is “Garment washed” leather which simply means that it has already been washed during the production stage, and should now be washable as part of the garment. 

 

 

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HOW TO CARE FOR CASHMERE

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We are absolute fanatics about the proper care of our beloved cashmere sweaters because we think of them as an investment. We want you to protect your investments! Don't let the dry cleaners ruin your fine cashmere and woolens - when you invest in quality winter wear, why pay the dry cleaners to shorten the lifespan of that investment?

 

You do not need to wash or dry clean your sweaters in-between each wear. In fact, your clothing will look and feel so much better if you don't! Just as we are fanatics about our cashmere, we are just as picky when it comes to treating them. But when it comes to washing wool, not all products are created equally. We love The Laundress products because they are formulated to remove stains and dirt, while still being incredibly gentle on your most treasured pieces.

 

STAIN REMOVAL

Did you get a stain on your favorite sweater? Not a problem! Pretreat soiled areas with the Stain Solution or Wash & Stain Bar and pre-soak for most effective removal. 

Use the Stain Solution and Stain Bruch to remove stains like juice, wine, coffee, pen, and chocolate (you know who you are!)

Use the Wash & Stain Bar to remove stains like dirt, grease, and grime. Wet the bar and work into fabric. 

 
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FRESHEN UP

 

Keep items fresh between wearing and washing by turning your sweater inside out and spraying it with The Laundress Wool & Cashmere Spray. This spray is also perfect if you are just now getting your cold weather clothing from storage to banish any lingering musty odors. The Wool & Cashmere Spray is a nontoxic, allergen-free fabric spray. Its antibacterial properties add scent while removing odor and it's safe for all fabrics!

 

BRUSH, BRUSH, BRUSH

After using the Spray, we then recommend using The Laundress Cashmere Brush which is ideal for removing lint and brushing fine yarns in between wearing and washing. Brushing the yarn rejuvenates the natural oils. This brush provides the best possible care for your woolens.

 
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DON't be FUZZY

Is your sweater getting a little bumpy and not have that same lustrous look it once did? Use the Sweater Stone or Sweater Comb to de-pill. This will also keep your sweaters looking brand new! 

 

Which one you need, the Sweater Stone or the Sweater Comb?

Well, that completely depends on what types of sweaters you purchase. The Sweater Comb is perfect for fine gauge yarns (think of ultra thin 16 gauge to the most commonly purchased 12 gauge). The Sweater Stone is better for your loftier, heavy gauge items (think of a thick yummy 3 gauge). Lay the garment on a flat surface and work tools in one direction.  

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Don't rush the drying process. Lay the items flat in their natural shape on a drying rack or clean towel. Personally, we all use the towel versus the drying rack. Here's what we do: lay one item flat on a towel with the item in its original shape, roll it up in the towel (like a sleeping bag) to remove the excess water, then unroll and make sure any creases are quickly dealt with. When drying, avoid direct sunlight and heat sources, such as the radiator, because they can shrink or damage wool. Never hang wet wool. 

 

WASHING

We believe that you must wash your cashmere (and other wool blends) with The Laundress Wool & Cashmere Shampoo to safely clean and preserve the sweaters. The Laundress recommends hand washing in cold water. Hand washing is always the best and safest method for washing woolens but if choose to cheat and use your washing machine, then use the hand wash or woolen cycle (always use cold water and low spin), and remember to turn the item inside out and insert it in a Mesh Bag to protect. Remove promptly from the washer to reduce creasing.

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Please NEVER use the dryer for your sweaters!!

We recommend steaming the cashmere to remove any wrinkles the hand washing created.

 
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GIFT IDEA

Looking for a gift for your special someone? This is a perfect gift for the girl who has everything, including a lot of cashmere ;)

 

Email us at info@givemeliberte.com to order

 
 

All information on the care and storage of your cashmere sweaters was gathered from The Laundress.

We also love this blog written about Keeping Your Cashmere Sweater Weather Ready

 

lighten up & get your whites back to white

You deserve to have sparkling whites without using products that damage your fabric and the environment. Formulated to preserve your whites, The Laundress Whites Detergent, you can whiten with every wash. Color safe, dye-free, & chlorine-free, The Laundress All-Purpose Bleach Alternative will work wonders at transforming your clothing to be white and bright as new, just follow these steps:

 

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  • Always wash whites together and without other colors.

  • Wash and dry your white sheets and towels together, but separate from your other laundry.

  • Examine prior to washing so you can treat stains first, and then presoak for most effective removal.


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  • Pretreating each wash will help prevent yellowing from occurring later in the season. Apply Stain Solution with Stain Brush or Wash & Stain Bar directly on stained areas

    • Wash & Stain Bar: use on dirt, grease, oils- wet bar and work into the fabric

    • Stain Solution and Stain Brush: use on juice, wine, coffee, ink, chocolate

    • Scented Vinegar: removes odors


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  • Presoaking is the most important step in achieving your goal of ultra-bright whites.

  • Create a bath of hot water and one capful All-Purpose Bleach Alternative and fully submerge the item.

  • Allow it to soak for at least 30 minutes or until satisfied.

  • Soaking is suitable for durable fabrics such as cotton, linen, and denim. 


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  • Pre-soak those nasty’s in a bath of hot water and the All Purpose Bleach Alternative overnight. You may need to rinse out, dump dirty water, and repeat.


  • Launder with hot water and Whites Detergent (combines color guard with enzymesto brighten), then add the All Purpose Bleach Alternative directly to the drum of the washing machine.

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  • Do not dry any items that still have stains. If possible, dry those items outside in the sun to absorb the natural whitining effect of the sunlight.

  • If you do use your dryer, remember to clean that lint trap first! 

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LONG LIVE DL1961 SMART DENIM

Denim is kind of “our thing” and we are super passionate aboutour DL1961 denim line. They are revolutionizing the denim industry using their patented, technologically advanced fabrics to enhance how you look, feel and live in your denim. But pretty much like any relationship worth having, the longevity of your denim ultimately comes down to how you care for them. Follow these simple tips from THE LAUNDRESS to get the best and most out of your denim: 

 

DO THIS

  • Always wash your new denim before you wear


WASH

  • Prevent abrasion by zipping, buttoning, and turning your denim inside out throughout the wash and spin cycles

  • Wash your dark denim separately on the slowest spin cycle and at the lowest temperature with The Laundress DENIM WASH


HANG it UP

  • Drip dry your denim on a pant hanger away from direct sunlight

  • The dryer is your denim’s kryptonite - treat it like a bad ex-boyfriend


AlteratioNS

  • DL1961 denim is pre-shrunk, but we always recommend that you wash your denim prior to making any alterations in fit or length. To ensure maximum shrinkage, use warm to hot water and then dry in the dryer.

  • Yes, we know we just called it kryptonite but we also know that denim almost always shrinks the length of your denim in the dryer - plus, no one likes a tattle tail...

 


  • Use The Laundress FABRIC FRESH between wears to keep denim smelling fresh, and then steam to remove bacteria

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How to Wash Denim from The Laundress

 
 

swimwear shouldn't fade with your tan...

We want to help you keep your swimsuits just as vibrant as the day you took your first dip. Sunscreens, lotions, deodorant, oils, and chlorine all contain harsh chemicals and minerals, which can cause discoloration if you don’t care for your suit properly.

Just follow these tips from THE LAUNDRESS after each swim to get the most wears: 

 

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  • Always rinse your swimsuit in cool water after swimming

  • We do not recommend putting in the washing machine


pretreat

  • Pretreat stains and discoloration from lotion, sunblock, and oil with The Laundress WASH & STAIN BAR 

  • Lather the bar with tepid water and work it into the fabric


soak it up

  • Submerge in warm water with The Laundress SPORT DETERGENT 

  • Create a mini whirlpool by agitating the water with your hand

  • Let soak for 30 minutes


rinse

  • Rinse the suit well while gently squeezing out water


  • Lay flat to dry

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  • New Swimsuit? To prevent fading, bleeding, or to simply keep the 

  • colors vibrant longer, soak your swimsuit in a mix of water and 

  • The Laundress SCENTED VINEGAR for 30 minutes

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MISC FABRIC CARE

With chemical exposure, long-term damage to fabrics, and financial expense, there is an increasing number of people that are asking for alternatives to dry cleaning. Here is a little secret, okay, it’s a big secret: you can safely care for most dry clean only items at home!

 

Unlaunderable Items

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Wet the Wash & Stain Bar and gently work a lather into the affected areas. You may also use our Stain Solution on a clean, wet, lint-free cloth. Use lukewarm water, regardless of fabric type. 

  • Do not use paper towels and certain types of sponges because they may leave lint or residue behind. We use our Lint-Free Cleaning Cloth for great results.
  • Remove soap and dirt. Dampen cloth (as needed) and repeat the process until satisfied.

SPOT TREAT ONLY


  • Spritz the Wool & Cashmere Spray on the inside lining of suits and jackets between wears to remove odor. What we love about this spray is that it doesn’t simply mask odors by adding scent. Its antibacterial properties actually help to lift, neutralize, and remove the source of the odor. You can also hang the item outside (avoiding direct sunlight) where it can breathe.
  • Steaming will also help to reduce odor by killing germs and bacteria. For added scent, pour one capful of Ironing Water into the steamer tank. Get the best steamer possible – we do NOT recommend ironing these items. 
  • Keep items looking neat by removing lint. We use our Clothing & Upholstery Brush.
  • If you decide to dry clean, only do it once or twice a season to help your items last longer.

TIPS & TRICKS


 

 

VELVET

Luxe and soft on the skin, just about anything draped in velvet equals a serious statement piece. At home, it’s a durable and forgiving upholstery choice that instantly adds drama to a room. Caring for this woven, tufted fabric with threads cut to form a short, dense pile may seem intimidating at first, however, it’s easier than one might think! 


Pre Treat

When washing, always pretreat stains with Stain Solution or the Wash & Stain Bar. Focus on susceptible areas such as underarms, necklines, and cuffs.

  • Stain Solution is ideal for protein and tannin stains, such as wine, coffee, ink, grass, urine, blood, and old, set-in stains such as pit stains. 
  • The Wash & Stain Bar works the material to remove dirt, grease, oil, and makeup.

To remove odor, presoak the item for 30 minutes in cool water mixed with ¼ cup of Scented Vinegar.


Wash

Handwashing is always the best and safest method for washing velvet.

  • Add 2 capfuls or a squirt of Delicate Wash to a washbasin or sink filled with cool water.
  • Submerge the item and gently agitate the water with your hands to evenly distribute soap. Soak for up to 30 minutes. 
  • Rinse well by running tepid water through the item until the water is no longer soapy. Do not wring. Instead, press the water out of the item.

But, life happens, so you can absolutely machine wash your velvet too!

  • Turn the item inside out, and place it in a Mesh Washing Bag. Select the delicate cycle on the washing machine, and make sure the water temperature is cold and the spin is on low.
  • Add the appropriate amount of Delicate Wash according to the machine and load size.
  • Velvet attracts lint, which is difficult to remove once it has attached itself to the dense pile. 
  • Wash the item inside out, and do not wash with materials that produce lint (such as fleece jackets, towels, and sweaters). Wash with like colors and fabrics only.

Dry & Finish

Lay the item flat, hang to dry, or put in the dryer on the “fluff” setting to prevent a crushed velvet appearance.

Steam after washing to remove wrinkles. Never iron, as ironing will crush or flatten the natural pile.


In Between Washes

Freshen items between wears with Fabric Fresh Classic.

Remove lint and fuzz from velvet clothing with Clothing & Upholstery Brush.


Velvet does not usually require frequent washing.

Items can be hung on a hanger; however, be mindful of clips because they can leave marks on the material.

Always store items clean in a breathable cotton Hanging Garment Bag to protect items from bugs.

Tips & Tricks


 
 

When it comes to our fur babies, we want the very best, but their affection can come with some stipulations. For these hairy situations, we turn to our Pet Duo, featuring Darks Detergent and our Clothing & Upholstery Brush. This tough pair is perfect for odor, pet dander and of course, pet hair on clothing and throughout your home.

 

FUR BALLS

Ah, the quest to combat the dreaded shed... Pets mark their territory in more ways than one, but the most common is a furry little trail that follows them wherever they go. When fur finds its way to your couch or your clothing, a swipe left (or right) with our Clothing & Upholstery Brush will remove fur, hair, fuzz, lint, and pills. Handcrafted by the artisans at Redecker, the brush was made to last a lifetime.


FIGHT AGAINST LINT

In the fight against lint, we reach for the Darks Detergent. Specially formulated to repel dander, lint, hair, and fuzz, the detergent is packed with stain-fighting enzymes. Built-in color-guards preserve fabric color and brighten. Darks Detergent is allergen-free and toxin-free so it’s safe for washing your pet’s bedding and outfits too.


ACCIDENTS HAPPEN

Whether you’re potty training, or your pet just didn’t make it out in time, a urine-related incident happens to most pet owners at some point, so use these tips to erase the trace of odors and stains:

 

BLOT - Blot as much of the mess as possible using a Lint-Free Cleaning Cloth. This step is important as you’ll want to soak up as much of the urine as possible before it seeps into the surface.   

NEUTRALIZE PH - Mix 1 cup of Scented Vinegar with 1 cup of lukewarm water in a spray bottle. Spray the affected area generously, and let it sit for 10-15 minutes. If necessary, use the Scrub Brush to work the solution in. The Scented Vinegar acts to neutralize the uric acid in the urine that’s responsible for odors and fading. It’s important to follow this step with a good rinse using hot water and a cloth or you may be left with a bleached or pink spot later on.

CLEAN THOROUGHLY - If you are like most pet parents, you are most likely working on carpet, so once you’ve neutralized the uric acid, you’ll need to clean the area. Wet a Wash & Stain Bar and work into a lather. Apply directly to the affected area rubbing gently to remove the stain. Once the stain is lifted, wet a Lint-Free Cleaning Cloth in warm water and dampen the area to remove the soap suds completely. Dry the area with a dry portion of The Lint-Free Cleaning Cloth until completely dry to avoid water marks later on. If you were lucky enough to have their accident on hard flooring (wood, tile, etc.) dilute 1/2 cup All-Purpose Bleach Alternative with a gallon of water. Then, mop the floor with the solution. The bleach formula will further disinfect the area. Allow to dry completely.

FRESHEN UP - To further freshen carpet, once dry, generously sprinkle All-Purpose Bleach Alternative on the area and let sit for 10-15 minutes before vacuuming up the granules. 


If your pet has left that "a pet lives here signature smell" in your carpets, reach for the All-Purpose Bleach Alternative and your vacuum. Sprinkle liberally across the rug (chlorine-free solution, nontoxic, free of allergens, and formulated with natural ingredients - aka it’s safe to have around your pets). Let the granules sit for at least 10 minutes before vacuuming them up.

SMELLY CARPETS


MAINTENANCE

Keep areas smelling fresh with Fabric Fresh, and u]se the Jiffy Steamer to remove common pet related allergens like mites and dander.

 

Remove pet hair and dander from upholstery, use our Pet Brush or Upholstery Brush.