Basic tips

Washing

Always follow the washing instructions provided in the care label. We recommend not cutting the care label off, so that if you decide to either sell or give away your Makia garment at some point, the new owner will also be able to take the best possible care of the garment. This will ensure a longer lifetime for the garment, thus being less damaging for the environment.
Try to avoid unnecessary washing, as washing uses a lot of water and wears out the fabric. If the garment is not dirty, try airing it or putting it to the freezer to get rid of any smells.

When washing items with elastane, do not use a fabric softener, as it might make the elastane to lose it’s elasticity – leading to the garment losing it’s shape.

Remember that cotton almost always shrinks 3%-5% in the first wash. To avoid excess shrinkage, do not tumble dry or put your cotton clothing in a too hot drying cabinet. Heat is cotton’s worst enemy.

Storing

Clothes are not created equal in terms of storing them, and different fibres and fabrics require different storage methods.

Knitwear should be stored by folding them into a shelf or a drawer. Hanging knitwear on a hanger will cause the garment to stretch and lose its shape.

Shirts can be hanged on a hanger. Make sure that your clothing rack is not too full, this will keep the clothing fresh and reduces wrinkling.

Repairing

Before you decide to throw away a garment, check if it can be repaired. Buttons are easy to sew back on, zippers can be replaced and tears and holes can often be easily repaired by a tailor. If for some reason the garment is beyond repair, make sure to properly recycle the materials.

Taking care of knitwear

When you purchase a knit made from soft natural fibres, keep in mind that these fibres always pill some. This is not a flaw, it’s natural. Knitwear requires care to keep it looking neat. Remove pill with a special cutter or a knitwear comb or a soft clothing brush. If your knit is more on the soft and fluffy side, brush it with a soft clothing brush regularly to keep it neat and fluffy.

Further, do not machine was wool knits, as even wool washing programs can be too harsh. You can air your knit to get rid of smells, and hand wash cold with mild detergent if needed. After washing, gently squeeze the knit to remove excess water, and then lay flat to dry in room temperature.