Laundry Care

Maintenance and cleaning

When you’re in love with a piece of fabric, whether it be a garment, a rug or a quilt, you want to know the best way to wash and maintain it!

At Bigarade, we choose our fabrics for their properties such as durability, softness and environmental responsibility.

In Quebec we travel in search of the finest fabrics in cotton and linen. These fabrics are made from from plants that let the skin breathe, and are also biodegradable.

 

These are two quality materials that are easy to maintain, the only downfall is that they wrinkle easily. Several companies add polyester to their cotton or linen since as a synthetic fiber it minimizes wrinkles and reduces the price of the fabric. However, it also reduced its breathable properties.

 

Here are the best ways to maintain your Bigarade products:

 

- Separate dark colors from light colors.

- When possible, turn your Bigarade creations inside out.

- Wash dark colors in cold water and light colors in warm water.

- Add white vinegar to the first wash, it sets the colors and works as a natural fabric softener.

- Do not dry for too long! Dry just long enough to remove wrinkles and moisture.

- Fold or make your bed with slightly damp bedding to help prevent wrinkles and need to iron!

 

 

Enemies of IRONING:

I hate ironing but if you absolutely need to, cotton is able to withstand ironing with a hot iron (2 points on maintenance settings). A hot iron can nevertheless yellow white cotton. Be very careful when ironing because we made cushions with various materials such as wool and velvet, and a hot iron can damage them permanently.

 

3 laundry tips

Bleach can cause yellowing cotton.

 

I suggest:

1- Wash your bedding in the hottest water possible and at the longest cycle, adding slices of lemon and baking soda.

2- Let your bedding soak overnight in milk, it works well enough for sweat stains.

3- Lay everything out in the sun only when there are no visible stains to the naked eye, otherwise they may cook in the cotton and to be permanently set in.

 

The dryer, a dangerous friend

 

I could not live without a dryer, it is an incredible time savers, but also a very energy hungry machine ... I simply recommend using the tumbling setting at the lowest temperature available when you use it. Too much heat can make permanent creases and shrink the cotton. Our models are made slightly larger so that the cut is perfect after the first wash.

 

The dryer can also cook a stain that was not cleaned in the first wash and make it permanent.

 

 

The most stubborn stains: wine and cat pee

 

The best tip is to soak and rinse these stains as quickly as possible!

No time for that? Sprinkle baking soda and cover with white vinegar when you have a minute.

It will froth but his is normal. Wash with warm water immediately after!

Do not use bleach because cats love this smell!

Repeat if the odor or stain.

 

Good Luck! While washing is a chore for everyone, it’s such a delight to sleep in freshly cleaned sheets at night!

 

 

3 laundry tips

Bleach can cause yellowing cotton.

 

 

I suggest:

1- To wash your bedding in water as hot as possible and at the longest cycle by adding slices of lemon and baking soda.

2- To let it soak overnight in milk, works well enough on sweat stains.

                                                                                                               

3- Relax in the sun when there are no visible stains to the naked eye, because otherwise they may cook in cotton and to be impregnated forever

 

 

The dryer, a dangerous friend

 

I could not live without a dryer as it saves me a lot time, but also a machine that uses a lot of energy... I recommend just using the tumble-drying mode at the lowest temperature available when you use it. Too much heat can make permanent creases and shrink the cotton. Our models are manufactured slightly a bit bigger so that after the first wash will fit perfectly.

 

The dryer can also set in a stain that is not fully cleaned after the first wash and make it impossible to remove in the future.

 

Stains that are the end of the world: Wine and cat pee

 

The best tip is to soak and rinse as soon as possible!

To make this go faster, sprinkle baking soda and cover with white vinegar when you have a minute.

It will froth, this is normal. Wash in hot water afterwards.

Do not use bleach, cats love the smell!

Repeat if the odor or stain persists

 

Good luck! Washing is a chore for everyone, but what a reward you’ll get at night by sleeping in fresh sheets!