Take care of each other, our planet and of your garment.
We want you to enjoy your AS WE GROW garment for as long as possible. Given a little care, a piece of quality garment can last for generations.
Before you soak your AS WE GROW garments in water you should make sure you really do need to wash it. Alpaca and wool are naturally self-cleaning materials that often just need to be aired out. Think it through, a fresh breeze might do!
ALPACA & WOOL:
Alpaca has a self-cleaning ability so you need to wash it less often – airing can be all that’s needed. Ideally, you should wash it as little as possible and hanging it outside and spraying it with a little mist for a day will freshen it up. It can be worn many times without washing and you can spot wash it if something has been spilled on it.
If your garment is made from quality natural fibers, pilling is in fact a sign of quality. Pilling is characteristic for woolen products and describes as small knots, which will appear while wearing. Our top tip for caring for pilling is to gently pick them off or use a handheld sweater comb and gently remove the small pills. Use short, light strokes in the same direction as the stitches and hold the knit a little stretched. Pilling will lessen with time and eventually stop altogether.
We recommend washing all wool by hand, gentle, no rubbing, squeezing or wringing and laying it flat on a towel to dry. When washing your garment by hand, make sure the water is cold and use only wool soap or shampoo. Let your garment soak in soapy water for 20 minutes, do not rub or wring and let the soap do the work for you. Change the water and let the garment soak in clean water for 20 minutes. Repeat. Lay it carefully on a towel, roll up the towel and squeeze out excess water. Shape your garment while laying it flat on a towel and let it dry. Never hang to dry.
Pima and knit cottons may be washed and dried, but we recommend using low temperatures, 30-40°C. Use a gentle machine cycle and a mild detergent to protect the fibres. Feel free to tumble-dry your linen or cotton as long as you stick to low temperatures, but we recommend line drying to prevent shrinkage. Remove from the dryer when still slightly damp to avoid the linen becoming stiff, and hang or lie flat to finish off the drying process. If you need to iron, iron while the fabric is still damp. Use a medium-hot iron on the steam setting.
Linen may be washed, on low temperatures at 30-40°C. Use a gentle machine cycle and a mild detergent to protect the fibres. Carefully remove any excess water, avoiding any wringing or twisting. Lay the product flat and pull the fabric to hang dry.