Clevercare..................Lysdrap take care of the Environment!



The "CleverCare" symbol advises consumers that they can influence the environmental impacts of garment care by following the tips below and by carefully following the care symbols that can be seen on a textile label.
 
The clevercare symbol is not a technical symbol but reminds consumers to consider a wide range of actions.


RECOMMENDATIONS
 
WASHING

  1. Always follow the textile care instructions. 
  2. Before washing, pre-sort laundry according to the degree of soiling, type of treatment (washingtemperature), colour and, if no care label is provided, according to the indicated fibre content.  Note : Do pay attention to the information on special treatments for delicate fibres.
  3. Pre-treat stains or heavily soiled garments; check colourfastness in advance.
  4. Empty pockets.
  5. Close buttons and zips.
  6. Turn clothes inside out.
  7. Set the appropriate washing program according to the care symbol (normal process, mild process,gentle process).
  8. If wet laundry is to be washed, only half-fill the drum.
  9. Follow the dosage recommendation of the detergent according to the water hardness at yourhome, and degree of soiling of your laundry. Always dose according to the dirtiest textile in your particular wash load, especially if you include heavily soiled items.
  10. In the case of coloured textiles, do not use a universal detergent which contains oxygen for bleaching purposes, unless the bleaching symbol ( ) allows its use. Otherwise, you mayexperience colour loss in your garments. The use of special detergents is recommended. 

Tips and Tricks
 

  1. Wash textile articles only when they are dirty. Unnecessary washing has a negative environment impact.
  2. Keep dirty laundry in a well aired and dry place and do not leave lying around for too long.
  3. Wet laundry should be washed immediately. If this is not possible, hang it to dry before you wash it.
  4. When washing textiles marked as “easy-care” articles, use a mild washing cycle. Reduce the load of laundry and spin carefully (to avoid the risk of creasing)
  5. Use short programs for lightly soiled laundry.
  6. In the case of coloured items, do separate articles with bright and dark colours.
  7. A separate first wash of new coloured textiles may be appropriate.
  8. Fabrics made of synthetic fibres or mixed fabrics should not be washed together with linen (flax) (risk of pilling).
  9. Use tablets or caps detergents for an easy dosage and to help prevent under dosing or overdosing. 
  10. Make sure that you mix small and large items. This allows clothes to move more freely, resulting in better washing.
  11. If you have accidentally washed a paper handkerchief, you can remove the bits of fluff by rinsing the laundry with a pair of nylon stockings.

Good to know…
 

  1. The care symbols show the maximum treatment. Washing at lower temperatures than indicated on the label is always possible.
  2. Washing at lower temperatures can help the environment by using less energy. Washing at lower temperature may affect the cleansing performance. Read the instructions on your detergent pack.
  3. Washing at 60 degrees for at least 10 minutes is an easy way to ensure a textile article is hygienically clean. Use, if possible, powder detergent (contains bleacher) or use an additional bleacher.
  4. Use an efficient washing machine (for example A+++ European energy labelling): the programs in these machines use less water and energy.
  5. Long cycles with low temperature save energy.
  6. Avoid under-dosing (use too little detergent), as if you do so, the extra soil from the wash water may deposit on the less-soiled items because whites may become grey or yellowish, colours will become duller.
  7. Too high dosing (use too much detergent) may not necessarily result in cleaner laundry, but has an unnecessary impact on the environment.
  8. Spin at the highest setting, before using the tumble dryer. Always follow the care label when it comes to using the tumble dryer.
  9. Use a washing machine with warm and cold water extension. The washing machine needs most electricity to heat up the water.

 
BLEACHING
 

  1. If no bleaching is allowed, use only bleach-free detergents.
  2. Be careful with stain removing products. A trial on a concealed part of the article is advisable.

 
Good to know…
 

  1. Detergents for colours do not contain bleach catalysts or bleach activators. They contain enzymes to ensure gentle treatment of coloured textiles such as cotton, lines and blended fabric.
  2. Heavy duty laundry detergents contain bleach additives, powder detergents contain bleachers.
  3. They can be used with all white and colourfast textiles of cotton, line and blended fabric.
  4. Be aware that most universal detergents have oxygen/non chlorine activators which impact on environment.

 
TUMBLE DRYING
 

  1. If possible, use a humidity-controlled tumble drier with an energy efficiency class A or better.
  2. Spin-dry laundry at the highest possible speed in the washing machine, because the less water the laundry contains the less energy and time is needed for drying. But keep in mind that spinning can result in heavier creasing.
  3. Dimensionally - and heat-sensitive pieces - should not be placed in a tumble dryer.
  4. Fill tumble dryer completely but do not overload.
  5. Dry laundry only to the desired residual humidity; do not "over dry".
  6. Clean the lint filter after each use of the dryer.

 
Tips and Tricks
 

  1. Do not overload the dryer; this will cause uneven drying and excessive creasing.
  2. Remove items from the dryer as soon as it stops and hang or fold them to prevent creases.
  3. For many easy-to-clean laundry items, it is sufficient to spin-dry them and to put them on a hanger for final drying. 
  4. Only place articles which require the same drying time together in the dryer. Cotton and synthetics for example have a very different drying time.
  5. Some articles should preferably not be tumble dried e.g. cotton knitwear because of shrinkage, wool because of felt formation, silk and polyacryl articles because of heat damage and curtains because of the risk of creasing. (Follow the care instructions).

 
Good to know…
 
Use Tumbler with a moister sensor which stops when the load is dry, avoids longer drying and saves energy and cost.
 
LINE DRYING
 

  1. Whenever possible, dry laundry outdoors in fresh air.
  2. Otherwise, dry laundry in an unheated room or in a tumble dryer, because in heated rooms more energy is consumed for drying than in dryers.
  3. Attach items to the clothes-line by their sturdiest edges.
  4. Hang tops (T-shirts) from their bottoms, and trousers (jeans) from their tops.
  5. Dry white and light items in the sun and bright or dark items in the shade.
  6. Always dry silk in the shade.

 
Tips and Tricks
 

  1. Make sure that pegs and clothes-lines are clean.
  2. Use towels to blot excess moisture from sweaters, stockings, delicate underwear. Hang these items to dry only if the weight of the water will not stretch them out of shape; otherwise, dry them with a towel on a flat surface.4

 
Good to know…
 

  1. If possible, use natural drying methods outside in the fresh air and not in a heated airy room.
  2. Drying in a heated room needs generally more energy than by using a tumble dryer.

 
IRONING
 
The maximum ironing temperature should be selected only on the basis of the care label and not according to the fibre content of a textile article.
 
Tips and Tricks
 

  1. However, some articles (e.g. with a bar below the washing tub) may not need to be ironed if they have been hung up immediately after spinning and reshaped whilst damp or if they are dried in the horizontal position.
  2. Iron only if necessary, and iron at the appropriate temperature. You can avoid ceases, for exampl by using fabric conditioner, by removing items from the washing machine or dryer as soon as it stops, and/or drying it on a hanger. 

 
Good to know…
 

  1. Ironing needs up to one fifth of the whole energy used for an average laundry process.
  2. Fabric conditioner can be helpful in softening fabrics and making ironing easier, as well as providing laundry with a pleasant fragrance. 
  3. Use fabric conditioner only when necessary. Its use can have an impact on the environment.

 
PROFESSIONAL CLEANING
 
Professional textile care is useful,
 

  • if you have a care label indicating that washing is not allowed but professional cleaning is possible.
  • if you have a very delicate article to be cared for.
  • if you have no possibility to wash at home.
  • if you want to profit from a special treatment which is available from professionals only.
  • if professional textile care may also be useful when a special finishing procedure is necessary.

For more tips and explanations visit www.aise.eu and www.forumwaschen.org