Caring for Timeless Dresses

The art of preserving: Caring for timeless dresses

Linen, cotton, and silk-based embroidered dresses with classic styles can be worn through the centuries. However, taking good care of them is crucial to preserve their longevity.

Here is a guide to assist you in maintaining the elegance and quality of these clothes.

Linen Care: 

  • Wash Gently: Hand wash using lukewarm or cold water with a mild detergent. Avoid using hot water, as it can cause the fabric to shrink.
  • Drying: Air dry your linen garments. If you must use a dryer, opt for a low-heat setting.
  • Ironing: Iron linen while it's still damp, using the steam setting on your iron. Use a pressing cloth or iron on the reverse side to protect the fabric and embroidery.
  • Storage: Store linen garments in a cool, dry place, preferably hung up to prevent creasing.

Cotton Care:

  • Temperature Matters: Wash cotton in warm or cool water. Hot water can lead to shrinkage.
  • Drying: Air dry when possible. It is the best method to preserve the integrity of your cotton garments, mainly when they feature delicate embroidery.
  • Ironing: Use a medium-hot iron and always iron on the reverse side to protect the embroidery.
  • Separate colours: Always separate light and dark colours to prevent colour bleeding.

Silk Care:

  • Hand wash: Silk is delicate, so hand washing with a mild detergent is recommended.
  • Avoid direct sunlight: When drying silk, avoid direct sunlight as it can fade the fabric.
  • Ironing: Use a low heat setting and always place a cloth between the iron and the silk garment.
  • Storage: Store silk garments in a cool place away from direct sunlight.

Embroidery Care (across all fabrics):

  • Gentle cleaning: Whether hand or machine embroidery, always hand wash embroidered garments inside out.
  • Avoid rubbing: Do not rub or scrub the embroidered areas, as this can damage the threads.
  • Drying: Lay the garment flat to dry to maintain the shape of the embroidery.
  • Ironing: Use a pressing cloth over the embroidery or iron on the reverse side to prevent damage.

General Tips:

  • Avoid bleach: Chlorine bleach can damage the fibres of these fabrics and fade the colours. Opt for a gentle stain remover if you need to treat a stain.
  • Storage: Use padded hangers for these garments to maintain their shape. For dresses, consider garment bags to protect against dust and moisture.
  • Professional care: Consider professional dry cleaning, especially for silk, for heavily soiled or stained garments.

By following these care guidelines, your Ruhmee dresses will look fresh and vibrant and stand the test of time. Remember, these dresses are more than just clothing; they're heirlooms waiting to be passed on.

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