Garment Care

Information on garment care
First and foremost, here’s a bit of information on the fabrics …
Cotton and Linen
Cotton and linen fabrics are machine washable and must be washed regularly to ensure best possible care and longevity of the product. You may find that many fabrics are softer when washed regularly over time.

Wool
Wool should not be washed regularly. If these articles need cleaning, they should be professionally washed.

Detergents and detergents…
We highly recommend using a quality petroleum-free enzymatic detergent when washing cotton and linen fabrics.

Stains
Stains are best treated by applying a liquid stain remover before washing. If a more stubborn stain is present, apply the stain remover and soak before washing. For cotton and linen, it is best to remove stains with warm water. However, do not wash wool in hot water.

Bleaching
We never recommend using chlorine bleach. Chlorine bleach will weaken the fabric and reduce its durability. If bleaching is required, only use oxygen bleach alternatives that are safe for use on colours and whites. Never use bleach on coloured linen and rubberised linen, faux leather or wool.

Machine wash
Pre-treat any stained areas before washing.
Wash cotton, rubberised linen and linen in the washing machine at 30°C.
Hand wash
We strongly recommend washing decorated and embroidered fabrics by hand.
Pre-treat any stained areas before washing.
Pour room temperature water into a basin with the articles to be washed and the detergent.
Mix the water and detergent vigorously with your hands.
Soak for ½ hour (it is not recommended to soak for longer).
Rinse thoroughly.
Drying and ironing…
Most damage to fabrics occurs in the dryer. Therefore we strongly recommend horizontal and air drying. It is best if the items are removed before they dry completely. Delicate garments such as those in wool and faux leather should never be put in a dryer. Woollen fabrics must be placed horizontally to dry – do not hang.

Fabric softeners
We do not recommend using fabric softeners when washing La Gallina Matta products. Cotton and linen soften with use and maintain their natural beauty. Do not use fabric softeners when washing wool.

Ironing
Always fill the iron with distilled water to prevent limescale from accumulating inside. Ironing is easier and more gentle on fabrics when the garment is still slightly damp. You can spray a bottle of lavender water or plain distilled water to moisten linens immediately before ironing. Ironing these fabrics on the reverse side is strongly recommended for linen, and mandatory for rubberised linen, faux leather and wool. When ironing monograms or other detailed embroidery, iron the reverse side with a towel between the iron and fabric. This ensures that the relief effect of the embroidery is not flattened.

La Gallina Matta products do not require the use of starch.

Caring for your linens…
Your linens should be stored clean (washed) in a dry place. (Avoid damp attics and basements) Do not store in plastic containers; cotton bags and/or acid-free paper are recommended to avoid insects and deterioration. In addition, never store starched cotton and linen as this causes yellowing of the fabrics.

Dry cleaning
Dry cleaning chemicals are not good for you or for the La Gallina Matta fabrics. Ask your local laundry to use environmentally friendly cleaners.