Garment care

Garment Care Information
First, a little information about fabrics...
Cotton and Linen
Cotton and linen fabrics are machine washable and should be washed regularly for the best care and longevity of the product. You may find that many fabrics are softer when washed over time.

Wool should not be washed regularly. If I needed to clean these items, they should be professionally washed.

Detergents and detergents...
We recommend a good petroleum-free enzymatic detergent for washing cotton and linen fabrics.

Stains are best treated by applying liquid stain remover before washing. If a more stubborn stain is present, apply stain remover and soak before washing. For cotton and linen, stains are best removed with hot water. However, do not use hot water on wool.

We never recommend chlorine bleach. Chlorine bleach will weaken any fabric and reduce its durability. If bleaching is necessary, use only oxygen bleach alternatives that are safe for colors and whites. Never use bleach on colored linen and rubberized linen, faux leather or wool.

Machine wash
Pretreat any stained areas before washing.
Machine wash at temperature 30° cotton, rubberized linen and linen.
Hand wash
We recommend hand washing of decorated and embroidered garments.
Pretreat any stained areas before washing.
Pour room temperature water into a basin along with the items to be washed and the detergent.
Agitate the water and detergent with your hands.
Soak for ½ hour (soaking longer is not recommended).
Rinse well.
Drying and ironing...
Most damage occurs in the dryer. Therefore, drying horizontally and in the air is recommended. It is best if items are removed before they dry completely. Delicate items such as wool and faux leather should never be placed in the dryer. Wools should be laid out horizontally to dry-do not hang.

Fabric softeners
The use of fabric softeners is not recommended with items de La Gallina Matta. Cotton and linen soften with use and retain their natural beauty. Do not use fabric softener on wool.

Always fill the iron with distilled water so as to avoid calcium buildup in the iron. Ironing is easier and gentler on fabrics when the garment is damp. You can spray a bottle full of lavender water or plain distilled water to dampen the linen just before ironing. Ironing these fabrics inside out is strongly recommended on linen, mandatory on rubberized linen, faux leather, and wool. When ironing monograms or other detailed embroidery, iron inside out and place a towel over it. This ensures that the embroidery relief is not flattened.

Products La Gallina Matta really do not need starch.

Store linen...
Textiles should always be stored clean (washed) in a dry place. (Avoid damp attics and basements.) Do not store in plastic; acid-free cotton and/or paper bags are best to avoid insects and spoilage. Also, never store cotton and linen that has been starched as this causes yellowing.

Dry Cleaning
Dry cleaning chemicals are not good for you or the fabrics de La Gallina Matta. Ask your dry cleaner to use environmentally friendly detergents.