part 1: wash & care for years of wear

part 1: wash & care for years of wear

Our Pigment-dyed styles possess a unique and captivating charm with their rich, vintage-inspired hues. However, these garments require special care to maintain their vibrant colors and soft texture. In this guide, we'll explore the essential steps and techniques to ensure the longevity and beauty of your WBC gear. Get ready to embark on a journey of preservation and admiration!

Chapter 1: Unveiling the Essence - Understanding Pigment Dye

Before delving into care instructions, let's understand the essence of pigment dye. Unlike other methods, pigment dye sits on the surface of the fabric, creating a washed-out, lived-in appearance. This process imbues the garment with a unique character but also makes them susceptible to fading and color transfer. Embrace the individuality of your pigment-dyed gear and be prepared to provide them with extra attention and care.

Chapter 2: Gentle Handling - Washing Techniques

When it comes to washing pigment-dyed, gentle handling is key to preserving their colors and texture. Here's how to do it:

  1. Separate and turn inside out: Always wash separately from other garments, especially during the first few washes. Turn them inside out to minimize color transfer and protect the vibrant pigments.
  2. Use cold water: Opt for cold water as higher temperatures can cause fading and shrinkage. Cold water helps retain the integrity of the dye and prevents bleeding.
  3. Mild detergent: Choose a mild detergent specifically formulated for delicate garments or colors. Harsh detergents can strip away the dye and compromise the vibrancy. Adding 1 cup vinegar to the rinse cycle or 1 1/2 cups salt to the wash will also help keep colors vibrant and prevent fading.  
  4. Gently hand wash or select a gentle cycle: Hand washing is the safest method, but if you prefer using a machine, select a gentle cycle with a low spin speed. This reduces friction and minimizes stress on the fabric.

Chapter 3: Drying Rituals - Air and Patience

Proper drying techniques are crucial to prevent fading and distortion. Follow these guidelines for optimal results:

  1. Pat dry gently: After washing, avoid wringing or twisting. Instead, gently pat it dry with a clean towel to remove excess water.
  2. Air drying: Lay the garment on a clean, dry surface away from direct sunlight or heat sources. This allows the fabric to breathe and naturally dry without compromising the pigments.
  3. Avoid using the dryer: High heat in dryers can lead to color fading and shrinkage. It's best to skip the dryer altogether to preserve the vibrancy and shape.

Chapter 4: Treasure Storage - Protecting Your Gems

    Proper storage plays a significant role in maintaining the beauty of your garments during periods of non-use. Consider these tips:

    1. Fold and stack: To avoid stretching or misshaping the fabric, fold your t-shirts neatly and stack them in a drawer or on a shelf.
    2. Avoid hanging: Unlike other garments, ours are best stored folded. Hanging them for extended periods can result in stretched-out necklines or shoulder distortion.
    3. Store in a cool, dry place: Ensure your storage area is free from excessive humidity and sunlight, as both can lead to color fading and degradation.

      Caring for your wbc pigment-dyed garments requires a delicate touch and special attention. By following the washing, drying, and storage techniques outlined in this guide, you can preserve the vivid hues and softness of your garments for years of adventures to come. 

      Stay tuned for part 2: troubleshooting stains!


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