Straightening Up the Tuft

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During the summer time storage or simply not having that much space in your hall during the winter months when the clothes stand is packed with other chunky winter wraps the woollen tuft of the Eco Furs pieces included may get untidy. No reason for panic; it only takes a couple of minutes to fix it by following the instructions above.

Steam doesn't only make the woollen tuft easy to shape, it also freshens up the textiles by killing bacteria and removing smells. However, I want to highlight the fact that over-doing the steam or pressing the wool with iron/ steamer can destroy wool's elasticity resulting in non-airy tuft. So only bring the iron/ steamer to 2-3cm distance from the garment at closest. Only steam the tuft side of the garment.

- And keep your hands safe, steam is very hot!   

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Despite wool being warm even when damp it's good to let the garment dry through before wearing it especially in the temperatures below zero degrees Celsius. Also make sure you don't re-store it damp.


SNOW WASH

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The outside temperature is -10 degrees or below and the freshly fallen snow is clean and powdery. This is the time for snow-washing the woollen textiles - including the Eco Faux Furs coats and capes. 

The rain water stated being quite acidic today the wool suppliers don't really recommend the snow wash for the fine woollens any more. However I think it's still okay to do it especially in the remote Nordic locations with never-ending forests where a plenty of beard moss is growing on the spruce trees. That is said to be a sign of the well-being and clean environment. No matter if it's fact or fiction after the annual treatments in the clean Nordic countryside snow my test pieces look and smell like new and their colours are more vibrant.

A very important thing to remember after the snow soak is that the garment must be dried properly. To remove all of the snow from under the tuft shake it vigorously. Then place it on a strong coat hanger and hang outdoors to let the sun and the dry breeze start the drying process. To finish bring the garment indoors and keep in a warm and airy space overnight.
- Then enjoy the long-lasting clean and fresh feeling!

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How to wash your Eco Faux Fur slippers

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So many of you being worried of whether it's safe to wash Eco Faux Fur items or not I made this video to show how easy it actually is to take care of your woollen slippers and other small Eco Faux Furs items at home. 

Oftentimes the woollen items just need to be freshened up and they clean themselves when placed outdoors in the fresh air. However sometimes proper wash is needed and you really don't need to be afraid of it at all. Just carefully follow the recipe above and guaranteed your favourite woollens will never let you down.

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Here's what you need:

- 7 - 10 litre basin
- 3 x 5 litres of water
- water thermometer
- 15 millilitres of washing detergent suitable for wool and silk
- absorbent tea towel
- clothes line or clothes horse - you can either hang the slippers to dry on the clothes line or level-dry them on a clothes horse - both outdoors and indoors do the job as long as the environment is dry.
- clothes pegs

The thing to bear in mind when washing wool and especially tufted items is that wool felts if rubbed or twisted or moved in too warm water so avoid those actions and make sure the water temperature is not in any circumstances above 30 degrees Celsius (85 degrees Fahrenheit). 

If you have any questions regards to the video please drop me a line to heli@heli-mg.com. Stain removal instruction video for Eco Faux Fur coats and capes is to follow later in winter.


How to Take Care of Your Eco Faux Furs

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Heli MG Eco Furs are tufted with soft and fine, 100% lamb's wool yarn that is tightly twisted so it doesn't fray or unravel when cut. It's also finished moth resistant. The base cloth of the products is durable and lightweight 100% jute fabric. The products are lined either with 100% silk which is ideal for warmer climates and indoor use or polyester satin that is more durable and wind resistant. All zips used are durable and being metal, they're Anti-Nickel finished too.

In general the woolen products don't need washing too often, as they're not usually worn straight against the skin. Hanging them outdoors for a good while on a bright day with a little bit of breeze most often does the cleaning job. It freshens up their looks and feeling significantly. Just remember to make sure the garment is free from any traces of snow i.e. is dry before the storage.

Should your Eco Furs item need more thorough cleaning it is to be professionally dry cleaned.  None of the Heli MG products can be soaked through in water. However being lightly stained, it's safe to remove the stains by carefully following 'the wool hand wash instructions' that can be found printed in the swing tag of each garment or below:

*Clean the stained area by squeezing the wool gently between your fingers (do not rub or soak the whole garment in the water) in light mixture of lukewarm water and Pine/Marseille Soap until the stain fades. Rinse the area with cold water, gently press the excess water off with tissue and shake the garment to get it airy again. Dry on a hanger.

When bringing your textile to a Laundrette, please show the staff the care label attached to the left side seam inside your coat/jacket/vest (or neck of smaller items) with the care symbols (below) printed on it and ask them to wash the item with chemicals that don't remove the lanolin from wool and don't shrink the product.

If the tuft of your garment is bent funny ways on delivery/ during storage, straighten it with steam from an iron or  a steamer. Iron setting is '2 points', when warm bring the iron to 2-3 cm distance from tuft and let steam come out. Bring iron away and immediately comb tuft straight with your fingers - in any circumstances don't touch/press the tuft with iron - or your fingers! When finished shake the textile airy and let it dry on a hanger. With iron setting '1 points' only iron lining if needed.

Wool keeps you warm even when damp. However the garments are not recommended to be worn in direct, pouring rain because it may make the tuft felt. Direct sunlight may fade the colors of wool so please store your garment out of direct sunlight.

Products are stored best in the suit bags they come with, in dry and cool (18 degrees) temperature. Always hang the bag in your wardrobe unfolded as the inside of the bag is breathable material and so it lets the product breathe, too. Folded, zip-sealed suit bag is showerproof.