As we all know, Scotch & Soda loves to make great clothes that suit every individual. We want people to love their clothes and enjoy wearing them. That’s why our products are of high quality and rich in detail. The designers at Scotch spare no effort at fine-tuning samples all the way to the neatly finished interior of each garment. To make sure you can enjoy our clothing as long as possible, we created a special Scotch & Soda care guide. To be handled with love!
Acryl is a man made soft and luxurious fabric with the bulk and hand of wool.
Wash: Acryl may be machine-washed or hand washed. When washing acryl garments in a washing machine, use warm water and add a fabric softener during the final rinse cycle. Fabric softener will reduce electricity and prevent a static hand. Very delicate acryl garments can be better washed by hand in warm water.
Cashmere is a luxurious fabric that requires extra delicate care.
Wash: Never place cashmere garments in the washer or dryer but wash them gently by hand in luke warm water using a very mild detergent or shampoo. Gently work the suds through the fabric and rinse thoroughly with lukewarm water. Don’t wring or twist the material, as it could lose its original shape.
Dry: When drying cashmere, gently squeeze the excess water out of the garment. (again: do not wring or twist). Lay the garment out on a clean towel, adjusting it to its original shape, and roll the towel up, jelly roll style, with the cashmere item in the middle. Apply pressure to the towel, and unroll, laying the item flat again on another clean dry towel to finish air-drying. Important note: Never hang your cashmere garments on a hanger, as it will lose its shape. Rather, when the item is completely dry, gently fold and lay flat in a drawer until ready to use. Important note: – Also be aware that some cashmere items, such as woven cashmere, are dry clean only. Check your care label carefully and never attempt to wash a cashmere item that is dry clean only.
Corduroy is a heavy cotton fabric with a ribbed nap running lengthways.
Wash: Corduroy can be washed as a normal cotton fabric. However, avoid ironing as to not crush the ribbed nap.
Cotton is a natural fabric that can easily be laundered. Cotton can withstand high temperatures: even boiling water does not hurt the fiber!
Wash: Therefore it can be washed at high temperatures using any kind of washing detergent. White cottons can even be gently washed with bleach to keep their pearly white shade.
Dry: After washing, they can be machine dried on a higher temperature. However, keep in mind that cotton tends to wrinkle easily. Therefore they need to be ironed.
Fleece is a modern synthetic material used to make cold-weather clothing .
Wash: Fleece garments can be washed on a medium temperature but should be removed from the washing machine right after the washing programmed is finished. This is important for maintaining the fluffy character of fleece and to avoid matting.
Dry: This is also why fleece should not be dried in the dryer; instead hang these garments to dry to keep them looking great.
Leather garments are timeless pieces that can last for years if they are properly taken care of. Carefully read all the care instructions on the inside label and follow these instructions very thoroughly to avoid ruining your leather items.
Stains: In general stains in leather fabric can be removed by gently whipping the fabric with a damp cloth. This will remove any obvious external stains like dirt and dust. For more intensive stains you could spray the stained areas with a leather cleaner (which does not contain a water base) and gently rub the stain off with a soft washcloth. Avoid using abrasive cloths or sponges that may scratch the delicate leather.
Wash: Some leather qualities can be hand washed with lukewarm water and mild soap. Dishwashing liquid often works well as detergent as it doesn’t contain harsh chemicals that may damage the leather. The best way to do this is to soak the leather jacket in a small tub of water filled with the dishwashing liquid. Gently rub stained areas in a circular motion until clean and hang your garment out to dry. Important notes: – never hang your leather garments near a heater as it could stiffen the fabric. – If you want to be sure that your jacket stays perfectly in shape; always go to a professional dry cleaner.
Most linen fabrics are washable; however always check the label to be sure.
Wash: Wash your linen garment by hand using mild soap or put them in the washing machine on the hand wash program.
Dry: Linen fabric wrinkles easily and therefore should be dried lying down or by hanging them out.
Lyocell or Tencel can often be machine washed and dried.
Wash: Use a warm setting to wash and cold to rinse and tumble dry on medium heat or permanent press setting.
Dry: If you choose to tumble dry your Tencel item, be aware it might shrink up to 3 percent the first time it’s dried. Important notes:
– Sometimes Tencel fabrics are blended with cotton or rayon to create a silk-like finish. These garments might require hand washing and line drying.
– Tencel fabrics can become stiff if they are allowed to air dry. You can soften them by putting the item in the dryer with a soft towel on low temperature.
Modal fabric needs to be cleaned gently to avoid damage and help the fabric stay flexible and colorfast. When well cared for, this fabric is highly durable.
Wash: Some modal fabric items are delicate and they should be hand washed in cool water with a mild detergent, wrapped in a towel to squeeze out the water, and then dried flat in the shade. More robust items can be washed on a gentle cycle with cool water and then either tumble-dried low on a short cycle or lay out to dry.
Stains: If small stains have appeared on modal fabric, it may be possible to get them out with hand scrubbing and a gentle detergent. The fabric should not be soaked or vigorously rubbed to remove stains. The earlier a stain is treated, the better; when a stain is brand new, blotting with cool water can sometimes flush out the stain, especially if a gentle detergent is added to encourage the stain to lift. If the fabric becomes wrinkled, it can be ironed at a low temperature. Fabric that is dulled may benefit from ironing to restore the sheen by smoothing the individual fibers.
– Modal should not be washed or dried in high heat or subjected to bleach and other harsh cleaners.
– To avoid wrinkling while traveling, modal garments can be rolled up as opposed to folded. Rolling also tends to take up less space, leaving more room in luggage.
– Modal garments should not be left on hangers as the prolonged hanging can cause the garments to distort and may also break some of the fibers, weakening the garment and causing it to lose some of its elasticity.
Nylon is often used in our jackets and coats because of its strong character.
Wash: Most items made from nylon can be machined washed and tumbled dry at low temperatures.
Dry: However keep in mind that nylon can become static during the drying cycle. Minimize static electricity by adding special dryer sheets during the tumbling process and don’t forget to remove the nylon garments from the dryer as soon as the tumbling cycle is completed.
Polyamide fabric is commonly used to manufacture outdoor and workout clothing. It has the feel of soft cotton, yet unlike cotton, it is waterproof and breathable, which helps your body maintain a comfortable temperature and wick away moisture.
Wash: Polyamide fabric is washing-machine safe, but should only be washed with cold water. Wash the polyamide fabric in a regular, cold water washing machine cycle, using a bleach-free laundry detergent. If a washing machine is not available, the fabric can be hand washed in cold water.
Dry: Allow the fabric to air dry. Do not dry the fabric using heat, as it will shrink the fabric.
Polyester is a strong man made fiber that is resistant to crease and thus keeps it shape.
Wash: Most items made from polyester can be machine washed and dried. Use warm water and add a fabric softener to the final rinse cycle.
Dry: Although polyester garments can be machine dried at low temperature settings; the best way to dry your polyester garment is just by hanging them out to dry.
Rayon is a strong, extremely absorbent fabric with a soft silky feel. Rayon will wrinkle easily and may stretch when wet and shrink when washed.
Wash: Therefore launder all washable rayon by hand. It is vulnerable to damage when it’s wet, so a washing machine’s agitation could damage it. Although rayon is a strong fabric, it needs some extra care and love to keep its shape and luster. Never wring, twist or bunch up rayon. Just shake it out gently and smooth out the wrinkles with your hands. If you have to iron a rayon fabric always turn it inside out to prevent it from shining. Use low heat and gently press it while the fabric is still slightly damp to ease the wrinkling.
– Do not put rayon garments in the dryer as it could damage the fabric.
Satin has a soft smooth feel that makes it an appealing fabric. It ranges in durability as well as cleaning options. Always check the care instructions found on the inside tag to determine the right cleaning process for your item.
Wash: Satin items should be washed by hand or on the delicate cycle of your washer Use cold water along with a gentle detergent, like Woolite. When hand washing, let the item soak in lukewarm water for about 3 to 5 minutes. Gently squeeze the suds through the clothing and rinse thoroughly with cool or cold water. Do not wring or twist your satin clothing, as it will cause it to loose its shape.
Dry: Avoid placing satin items in a dryer. Instead, lay the item flat on a clean, dry towel, and roll the towel, jellyroll style, and apply pressure to squeeze out excess water. Unroll, remove the garment and lay flat on another clean, dry towel to finish air-drying, away from sun or excess heat.
– Never wash satin items in hot water. Hot water washing may shrink your satin items as much as 10% to 20% in size.
– Satin items could be ironed on a medium/light setting, with no steam. Iron the items inside out with quick strokes, never allowing the iron to linger too long on any one spot.
Silk is a delicate fabric and should be handled with care. However, it is fairly easy to clean. It has a naturally tendency to release dirt quickly and does not always require dry cleaning to keep its quality.
Wash: Gently hand wash silk items using very cold water. Apply a very mild detergent such as Woolite. (this soap will help preserve the garment’s natural oils). Rinse the item in cold water until all soap residue has been removed. Add a few drops of hair conditioner to the rinse water to keep the silk soft and flexible.
Dry: Press the water out of the fabric by rolling it in a towel. Do not twist or wring, as this will damage the fabric. Hang the wet garment and allow it to air dry completely. Do not hang silk garments in the sun to dry.
Iron only when absolutely necessary. Use a cool iron with a press cloth between the iron and the fabric. Unless the tag on your silk fabric recommends dry cleaning, it should be avoided as dry cleaning will shrink certain types of silk.
Use lemon juice or vinegar to spot clean, but test an inconspicuous area first to test for colorfastness.
Be gentle – it’s the agitation from washing that causes this material to shrink. Even the gentle cycle on the washer is too rough for this delicate fabric.
– Since silk is a natural fiber, do not use bleach as it will damage the fibers.
– Be careful not to let hairspray and perfume get on silk as the alcohol will damage the fabric.
Spandex is a man made elastic type fiber that can be stretched many times its length and then spring back to the original length.
Wash: Hand or machine wash spandex items in luke warm water. Do not use detergents that contain chlorine bleach on any fabric containing spandex as it will damage the fabric.
Dry: Either drip dry or machine dry using low temperature settings.
Suede is a type of leather that is created from the underside of the hide. The fibers are buffed and raised to give it a velvety touch. Protection and careful cleaning are the keys to keeping suede items looking good. Begin by protecting your suede items by applying a good protective spray.
Stains: Spot cleaning can be done at home using a cleaner designed especially for suede rather than a general leather cleaner. Suede erasers can be rubbed on the suede to loosen ground in dirt and remove some stains. A dry towel also works to scrub away dirt and stains. If necessary, try using small amount of vinegar on a towel to clean stains out of suede, but be sure to spot-test it first. Just rub a small amount and be careful not to soak it. Let the item air out to remove the smell.
– Avoid ironing suede garments; ironing may cause damage to the fabric. Instead, let any wrinkles fall out naturally by hanging your suede garment from a padded hanger. If you must iron, use a cool iron, placing a heavy brown paper bag between the iron and the fabric, and iron very quickly.
– Do not use petroleum jelly (i.e. Vaseline) as a waterproofing agent on suede—it will stain the fabric.
– Do not store suede in a plastic bag, or other non-breathable storage bag as the suede may dry out and crack.
– Suede is a type of leather. Generally, for a thorough cleaning, it is best to have suede garments professionally cleaned.
Tulle is a very delicate fabric. It needs to be handled and washed with care.
Wash: Hand wash only as tulle will tear easily in a washing machine. Use soap flakes or gentle soap only and softly swish around in the water. Do not rub or wring the tulle.
Dry: Dry out of direct sunlight and never tumble dry.
Always check the label to see if your velvet garment can be washed. If the velvet is cotton or silk in origin, rather than an easy-care, synthetic fabric, it is advisable to have it dry-cleaned. Cotton and silk velvets can have a tendency to dry out of shape and look ruined if washed at home.
Stains: Always treat any stains prior to washing. If not, the stain might set and ruin the nap of the velvet. Use a cloth dampened in lukewarm water and dab the stain gently, moving up and down. Dab with a dry cloth to clear up excess water.
Wash: Velvet should never be machine washed but gently washed by hand using a mild soap.
Dry: Drip dry your velvet garment by laying them out on a flat rack. The garment should drip dry laid out on a flat rack.
Viscose is a semi-synthetic material consisting of chemically treated natural fibers.
Wash: Viscose garments can be washed by hand using a gentle washing detergent. Immerse your viscose garments in the water, swirl them gently and leave them to soak for a few minutes. Remove your garments from the soapy water and rinse them carefully with warm water. Do not wring them out; but gently squeeze the excess water out. Although washing by hand is preferable, viscose garments can also be washed in your washing machine. In this case, set your washer to a gentle wash cycle, at a maximum temperature of 40°C and remove your viscose garments from your washer as soon as the cycle is finished.
Dry: Reshape your garments while they are still damp. Hang them on non-rusting hangers or lay them flat to dry. Never tumble dry viscose.
– Always turn viscose garments inside out prior to the washing cycle. This will protect the soft fiber from deteriorating.
– Fill your machine drums half full with garments. If you wash a full load of viscose garments, they are more likely to crease.
Wool can easily lose its shape and become less defined if washed without care. Worst of all, it can shrink on you, becoming quite a few sizes smaller. Therefore always handle your woolen garments with extra care and make sure your woolen item really needs to be washed. Unlike cotton and man-made materials, wool does not need to be washed frequently. Just air your wool garment in-between wears.
Wash: Most wool garments can be washed in a washing machine on the special wool program. However hand washing your garment will always be preferable because it is more gentle. Use a detergent specially made for washing wool (like woolite) to make sure your woolen garment stays nice and soft. Dissolve the detergent in the water first, to prevent agitating the wet wool. Basically heat, agitation, and detergent are the enemies of wool, so aim to soak and rinse the dirt out. Just gently push your woolen garment under water and softly squeeze the suds through the clothing. Rinse thoroughly with cool or cold water.
Dry: Remove excess water with a towel by laying the item on a towel and rolling it up jelly-roll style, squeezing and pressing gently. Unroll then and leave in fresh air to dry. Never hang your wool garment out to dry as the wet fabric will stretch and loose shape. Instead dry your woolen garments flat in desired shape.
Denim is a very strong fabric that doesn’t need to be washed very frequently. In fact, the denim treatments that make your favourite Amsterdams Blauw jeans so special tend to fade when you wash them too often. Take a good look at this denim care guide.
Wash your jeans as seldom as possible. When you do have a specific stain that you would like to remove, we advise you not to wash the whole garment. Just wipe it off with a damp, absorbent cloth and you are ready to go.
Are your jeans starting to smell a bit funky? Don’t worry; just air it by hanging it outside for a day or by taking it with you when you’re going for a shower. The steam of the hot shower will make odours disappear. and if makes your denim smell fresh again.
Tried it all without any success? Then washing is inevitable. Use these simple steps to wash your denim:
1. Always wash denim items inside out
2. Wash with similar colours (or separately) as denim tends to bleed
3. Use cold water only
4. Use a gentle soap
5. Always hang your jeans out to dry, don’t tumble dry.
Don’t panic when your jeans feel too snug after washing. Just start wearing it and the shape will come back in a short while. Also be aware of the fact that indigo colours will fade naturally in time. This is a natural characteristic of the dye, which gives each garment an individual look.
Raw or dry denim is denim that has never been washed. The longer you keep the denim dry, the more the coveted features evolve. When you feel ready to wash your raw denim, you can use the washing descriptions listed above.
Tips and tricks
- Wax, chewing gum and crayon stains are usually the most difficult stains to remove. Firstly, remove the residue with a dull scraping tool. Then gently rub an ice cube to the stain until the ice melts. Ice hardens the stain and enables you to scrape it off.
- Be careful with waxed or coated denim because the effect will fade when you wash them. Hang them out after every wear and let them air instead of washing it.
- Do not iron your jeans. Even though the fabric is perfectly resistant against the heath, special features like 3D effects will fade or even disappear by ironing it. Just hang them out to dry.
- Although not scientifically proved, many denim fanatics put their jeans in the freezer. The idea behind it is that the cold will remove the bacteria that cause your jeans to smell.
Last but not least we advise you to just wear your jeans, tear them, and beat them up. Leave your stains and simply enjoy whatever caused the stain. Fix rips and wholes because every one of them tells a story. Your favourite pair of jeans is like a photo album that captures precious memories and experiences. Wear, tear and enjoy!