Because they were made to be worn, cleaned, loved and, when in doubt, mended. If you can extend the average life of your clothing by just three months, this will significantly reduce water consumption - while at the same time reducing waste.
Buy, wear, throw away - that seems to be the basic tone of attitude when it comes to clothes. The seasonally fast and cheaply produced items are sold in huge quantities to make them available for mass market. Between 16 and 24 collections are brought onto the market each year by the textile giants. We at LANIUS design and produce two collections a year - one in summer and one in winter. Our qualities, cut and functionality are designed to last.
Proper care of a garment can significantly extend its lifespan and ensure lasting joy. But how exactly are pants made of TENCELTM washed properly or how can a stain on a wool sweater be removed without damaging the material? We provide you a guideline, which you can use as a reference when caring for your clothing.
General & worth knowing care tips
We all know it, this slightly insecure feeling when washing sensitive garments. Low temperatures and a laundry net for wool and silk are highly recommended. Another tip: Wash your favourite items "inside out" to prevent colour changes.
A fantastic care tip because it saves you time: not every garment that has been worn has to be washed immediately. Airing saves water, time, the environment and the material.
Knitwear does not like to hang on a hanger and there is a simple reason why: they can lose their knitted fit. After washing, let your knitwear dry, lying on a clean towel, for example and gently pull it into shape. By the way, knitwear doesn't get along well with the dryer - shrinkage is preprogrammed here. It simply needs a little time to dry. If you then put it folded into the wardrobe, it will give you lasting pleasure.
By ironing, you bring your favourite pieces back into shape and smooth the fibres of the fabrics that have been roughened by the washing process. Always keep to the temperature indicated on your garment. For special natural fibres such as silk, but also for natural fibres such as elastane, TENCEL™ and LENZING™-ECOVERO™, we also recommend that you place a damp cloth over the garment to be ironed. Professional tip: Invest in a good ironing pad, because with inexpensive ironing boards the metal mesh will press through.
Garments made of natural fibres such as wool will suddenly have them - small nodules called "pilling", which are simply caused by friction on the surface. To remove the pilling knots, you can use a lint razor or cut them off with fine scissors. But be careful: if the nodules are torn off, the fibre can be damaged. Clothes with fine, long hair can be brushed from time to time.
CARE AND REPAIR
If, after some time, a seam opens, a button comes off, or a stitch opens, this is no reason to despair, or to banish the garment to the rearmost corner of your wardrobe. Wear is quite normal when wearing and washing clothes. In just a few simple steps, it is usually fixed again and you will certainly appreciate your favourite item even more.
Fine items made of wool, silk, linen or cotton, which are washed at low temperatures or even by hand, feel particularly comfortable with a special liquid detergent. It dissolves better and thus protects the fibres without impairing the washing performance.
The correct care of materials
Care tips for
• Wash dark and colored textiles separately at max. 30 °C
• Wash special fiber blends only in the gentle program (delicates)
• Ironing at moderate heat (max. 150 °C)
Care Tips for
• Carefully dab off small stains with a damp cloth (professional tip: never rub!)
• Include breaks between wearing, air regularly.
• Wool wash cycle in the washing machine only conditionally possible (pay attention to the label)
• Do not leave in the machine for a long time in a damp and warm state
• After washing, squeeze out in terry cloth
• Store lying down and dry
• Remove knots with wool razor or wool comb
• Use natural moth protection (cedar wood, lavender, cade oil)
• Give heavily soiled favorite pieces to a professionally gentle dry cleaner
• Washed too hot? Soak your garment in a large bowl of lukewarm water with a dash of conditioner overnight. The next day, roll the garment in a towel to wring it out. Then you can pull it into its original shape and let it dry lying down.
• Wash at max. 30 °C and use only mild detergent without bleach (reduce spin speed).
• TENCEL™ does not have as high color fastness as cotton and is sensitive to light (do not dry in the sun)
• Iron into shape
• Remove coarse dirt with a soft leather brush or a damp cloth (be very careful as irreparable damage may occur; never rub or scratch).
• Treat leather with an ecological impregnating agent specially developed for the type of leather before using it for the first time.
• Each type of leather is different and requires care specifically tailored to it
• Hand wash at low temperature: Wash inside out with mild silk detergent, using gentle agitation in the soapy water.
• Iron while still slightly damp (professional tip: place a cotton cloth underneath).
• Can be ironed on well by steamer
• In the case of severe soiling, send to professional dry-cleaning.
• Kleine Flecken mit feuchtem Tuch vorsichtig abtupfen (Profitipp: niemals rubbeln!)
• Pausen zwischen dem Tragen einbauen, regelmäßig lüften
• Wollwaschgang in der Waschmaschine nur bedingt möglich (Etikett beachten)
• Liegend und trocken lagern
• Knötchen mit Wollrasierer oder Wollkamm entfernen
• Natürlichen Mottenschutz nutzen (Zedernholz, Lavendel, Cadeöl)
• Stark verschmutzte Lieblingsteile zur professionell schonenden Trockenreinigung geben
Do not wash
Hand wash only in lukewarm or cold water
Wash at or below 30°C, permanent press
Wash at or below 40°C, gentle or delicate, spin-dry at low speed
Wash at or below 95°C, normal wash
Do not bleach. Avoid the use of stain salts or bleaching stain removal.
Only oxygen bleach, no chlorine bleach
Chlorine bleach (CL) if needed
Do not tumble dry
Dry flat in shade
Line dry in shade
Tumble dry up to 60°C
Do not iron
Iron low heat (max. 110°C)
Iron medium heat (max. 150°C)
Iron high heat (max. 165 - 220 °C)
Do not dry clean
Professional dry cleaning
Professional dry cleaning, mild process
No wet cleaning
Professional wet cleaning
Professional wet cleaning, mild process
The number of care symbols is almost as extensive as the number of road signs. The only difference is that we have never really been explained what these little care symbols actually mean. So that you know exactly what care your favourite part needs in the future, we have summarised the meanings of all the symbols here and as a PDF for downloading. We recommend that you follow the instructions exactly - a small difference can have a big effect.