Tending to stains on hemp immediately after the fact can greatly increase the chance of full stain removal.
For coloured foods, spot clean stains immediately by rinsing under warm water, then gently rub a laundry bar or other non-coloured soap into the stain and rinse. Repeat, this time creating some friction with a fingernail or by rubbing the stained areas together or by using a gentle and clean bristle brush.
Once treated, we recommend laundering the garment as normal after spot cleaning.
Oil and grease stains can first be treated by laying the garment flat and piling talcum powder over the affected area. Leave for several hours to allow oils to be soaked up out of the material. Shake/scrape off talcum powder. If dirty marks remain after oil is removed, wash with a laundry bar and warm water as above.
We recommend using a gentle, eco friendly liquid detergent for washing hemp garments or trying soap berries as a 100% natural alternative.
It's never ideal to bleach hemp as it damages the fibres and over bleaching can cause yellowing, however in the case of brightening whites, an oxygen bleach can be used for a limited soak time to give white linen garments a new lease on life. Always follow the instructions on the label and wear gloves.
Our number one secret weapon for stains and even washing garments while travelling or camping is this laundry bar.
Washing on cold and with like-colours is the number one way to preserve the life of your clothes. While hand-washing is certainly possible, and even gentler, hemp should be able to withstand washing very well. Still, try not to overwash your hemp garments, unless they are dirty or really need it. Instead, try airing out items in a well ventilated space (even outside) for another wear or two. A sniff test is always recommended.
We highly recommend drying your hmep clothes naturally, out of direct sunlight on a line, rail or on wide hangers.
Once clothes come out of the washing machine, gently shake out before hanging to dry as normal, preferably on wide hangers (not thin wire ones).
Ironing + Steaming
We recommend turning all hemp garments inside out before ironing or using a protective cloth. Hemp fibres can mark with excessive heat. We also recommend steaming hemp garments from the inside.
While hemp garments can withstand hot ironing and steaming, we do recommend moving promptly over the material and using plenty of steam rather than increased, dry heat. Prevent fibres from burning or marking by avoiding holding the hot iron or steamer in one place for extended periods.
Believe it or not, the way a garment is stored can impact its longevity. We recommend hanging your hemp garments on a wide hanger (wooden or plastic is fine) so as not to cause stretching out of the yarns. Bottoms can be hung on clip hangers as normal to allow creasing to drop out between wearing.
Keep Hemp happy.