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The care of your beautiful Canadian made garments couldn't be easier! Whether you're a first-time or a long time customer, here are a few tips that will help you keep your bamboo and cotton garments looking their best.
Hang 'em up!
Hang up your garments and let them "breathe". By that I mean let them hang freely in your closet. Certainly, when they first arrive in the box from us, hang them up right away so the wrinkles can fall out. In most cases, this eliminates the need for ironing.
I've found one of the toughest stains to get out of bamboo is grease. A good soaking and pretreating of the spot(s) with a regular drugstore product called "Shout" for about 10-15 minutes (before washing) is the best thing I've found to remove them. In more severe cases you may have to repeat this step.
The number one tip I have for the longevity of your garments (of all kinds) is to keep them out of the dryer. The heat breaks down the Spandex in the bamboo and reduces the life of the item significantly. This is also especially important for any pant or legging that has elastic in the waistband. Over time the elastic will lose its elasticity and your pants will not stay up! Instead, hand them to dry over a rack (especially for longer items that may stretch) or on a hanger. Shake them once or twice during the drying process to release any creases that are forming.
Another important reason to avoid the dryer is that the lint that you clean out of the dryer comes from your clothes. Over time this is another reason why your clothes may wear out.
Dry Spots (not greasy)
This little tip has served me well over the years and I wanted to pass it along to you. Have you ever looked down and noticed a small stain on your garment? Maybe it's a spot of toothpaste or from a meal. Try lifting up the hem of your top and using the wrong side of the fabric to rub the mark until the spot is gone. It's not magic, but I've found many small stains can be eliminated "in the moment" this way. Don't add water or liquid, just do this dry. Try it! This trick can work quite well for a spot that has dried.
If you ever lose a button off your garment, please feel free to contact us and we'll mail you a replacement free of charge. Please be sure to include the measurement across from edge to edge so that we send you the correct size.
My mission is to create classic garments that will last you for years. I hope you've found something in these tips that you didn't already know. It's so easy to keep your clothes looking beautiful!
If there's one thing that Diane Kennedy customers love about our garments, it's how effortless they are. Effortless to wear and care for, that is! Our signature bamboo fabrics are not only incredibly soft and comfortable, but they are also just as easy breezy to maintain.
Washing / Drying
We recommend machine washing our bamboo garments in cold water using a mild eco-friendly soap. After washing, we suggest laying flat or hanging to dry. It's ok to put them in the dryer for a few minutes to get some of the moisture out, but please hang them up right away afterward. If you think about where the lint from your dryer comes from (your clothes) you'll understand that the dryer contributes to your clothes wearing out much faster. Plus the heat from the dryer deteriorates the lycra /spandex in your garments as well.
Our bamboo fabric can hold quite a bit of moisture due to its unique cellular properties. It's ok to hang tops and 'shorter items', but longer items like pants might need to be laid flat to dry to ensure no stretching occurs. For longer tunics and bottoms, draping over a rack best preserves the shape of our garments.
Recently we got this message from one of our customers about a stained garment:
"I am writing because I have a small problem. I just had a call from my dry cleaner regarding a beautiful garment that I bought at your shop. You may remember I bought the gorgeous purple tunic/top (v-neck). Anyway, I was wearing it at a dinner party a couple of days ago and the host passed me a platter with roasted chicken thighs and unfortunately, it was a very shallow platter with way too much chicken juice and fat??? and it spilled down the front of my outfit.
The dry cleaner says they want permission (from me) to dry clean it but are warning me that it may ruin the garment (the tag cleaning instructions say washing) and there is nothing on the tag that says you can dry-clean it."
We wanted to answer this question here so that you can benefit from our answer:
"For a big greasy mess please blot as much of the grease out with paper towels as you can. For greasy/oily stains on the Bamboo we recommend "Shout", it can be found at any grocery store. It does need a good soaking (all over the stain) and some time for the enzymes to work (maybe 20 minutes) before washing. Hang to dry. If some of the stain still remains, repeat again as necessary.
We don't recommend dry cleaning for any of our garments"
Packing for Travel
You may already know that our garments travel exceptionally well. Our pieces fold so nicely & efficiently that it makes packing very easy; whether you're getting ready to take Diane Kennedy on a trip, or just switching over your closet's seasons. To minimize wrinkles, lay your garment flat, folding in the sleeves and hem (vertically, from top to bottom) into a rectangle, then simply roll up your garments starting from the neck. When you get to your destination, shake them out and hang them up, no ironing needed! Any wrinkles will fall out shortly.