We believe in buying consciously, buying less and buying for forever. To help lengthen the life of your Maggie Marilyn pieces we have put together some helpful tips on how to care for your clothes. 

We recommend reading the garment care label carefully before trying the below.  

Wear & Tear

Much of the wear and tear that our clothing faces is from over washing. Read through the tips below for some alternatives to your normal wash cycle! 

- Sunlight is a natural antibacterial agent. Leaving your clothes in the sun for a short time can have them smelling as fresh as new. 

- Spot cleaning is a great way to remove marks without putting your clothes through the stress of a full wash cycle. Sard soap, water and a clean cloth are all you need. 

- The tumble dryer consumes a lot of energy while also causing heat damage and shrinkage to your clothes. Use a washing line or clothes horse placed in a sunny spot whenever possible. 

- We always recommend hand washing as your first port of call as it is delicate on fabrics, saves water and energy and doesn’t require as many harsh chemicals as drycleaning. 

Silk

Silk is a delicate fabric which is often thought of as “dryclean only”. But with the right technique, some silks can be washed at home. Follow the tips below to lengthen the life of your silk garments. 


- For a general clean, add detergent to a bucket of water (we like to use The Ecostore Laundry powder), pop in your item of clothing, swish it around til fully soaked and leave to sit.

- After a few minutes, empty out the detergent and rinse the item thoroughly in clean cold water a few times to remove the soap residue. 

- To dry, lay the garment on a towel and roll it up softly, allowing most of the moisture to be absorbed. Avoid wringing the garment or hanging with pegs. 

- After rolling, lay the garment flat on a fresh dry towel and leave it to dry naturally, in a shady spot out of direct sunlight, as the harsh sun can damage fibres. 

Cotton

One of the benefits of cotton is how easy it is to take care of. The biggest risk you face with cotton is shrinkage. Follow our tips below for the best results with your cotton pieces: 


- Reduce shrinkage by washing in cold water. Avoid the risk of dye running by always washing with similar colours.

- Although we prefer to hand wash, cotton can handle a gentle or delicate cold machine wash. 

- To hand wash, pop in a bucket with cold water and Ecostore detergent. Swish them around a leave to sit for a few minutes. If your garment needs particular spot cleaning attention, you can gently rub Sard soap on marks, underarms or necklines. 

- Rinse the garment in cold water to remove all soap residue, and squeeze softly until the water stops dripping. Avoid wringing the garment as this can damage the fibres. 

- Hang to dry somewhere out of direct sunlight. 

Wool

Wool is one of the best natural fibres you can wear for its antibacterial and insulating properties.  Unfortunately it can be fickle to wash, as many of us may have discovered the hard way at least once. Pure wool garments (without linings, shoulder pads, etc), can be washed safely with the below tips: 


- Pop your wool pieces in a bucket with cold water and some Ecostore wool and delicates detergent. Swish them around gently and leave to soak for a few minutes. 

- To rinse, empty your bucket and refill with fresh water, and soak your item again. Repeat until the soap residue is gone. 

- For delicate wools, try squeezing gently to remove excess water, but avoid wringing the garment. After this, lay the garment on a fresh towel and roll it up, gently squeezing to absorb excess water. 

- Lay flat on a new dry towel in a shaded area until dry. 

- For tough stains or intricate garments such as coats and jackets we recommend visiting an eco-friendly drycleaner. 

Polyester

Every time a polyester garment is washed it releases tiny plastic filaments into the water called microparticles. We recommend always washing your polyester using a Guppyfriend™ Washing Bag to help capture these microparticles before they enter our waterways. Follow the steps below for keeping your polyester items looking fresh: 

- Pop your polyester pieces into your Guppyfriend Washing Bag, then into a bucket with cold water and some Ecostore detergent. 

- Swish the garment around for a minute and let it soak. 

- Rinse thoroughly in clean water until the soap residue is gone. 

- Empty the water and squeeze the garment until the dripping stops. 

- Finally, hang to dry in a shady place away from direct sunlight. 

Spot Cleaning

Spot cleaning is incredibly helpful when you need to clean a tiny mark but don’t want to put the whole garment through another wash cycle. Follow the tips below to spot clean and lengthen the life of your garments! 

- You will need a small clean cloth and some Sard soap.

- Dampen the cloth slightly and sponge the soiled area of the garment by dabbing lightly. 

- With the same cloth, rub the Sard soap gently to create some suds. Lightly and carefully rub the Sard soap over the marked area. You may need to repeat the step a few times with more soap or water until you see the mark is coming off. Do not over-rub the area to avoid the risk of pilling the fabric. 

- Rinse the cloth and gently wipe the area to remove any soap residue. You will need to dry the area immediately with a hairdryer on a low temperature to ensure that no water marks are left.  Once dirty marks or stains have been cleaned, then the dried mark tends to set and it is difficult to remove. 

- Tip: the quicker you are to remove the stain after it has happened, the higher your chances are of removing it. If you follow the steps above and still see no change in the mark, you may need to follow the care label instructions to fully remove the mark. 

Mending

We want your clothes to be cherished in your wardrobe forever. We also understand that over time your clothing may face wear and tear. If you are in need of any of the below services and aren’t sure where to go for help, we can help! 

- Re-sewing missing buttons

- Replacing missing buttons, belts or fasteners 

- Re-hemming 

- Replacing broken zips

- Reinforcing weak seams 

If you are bringing something in to be fixed, we kindly ask you to wash or dry clean it first as a courtesy to our machinist who will be working on your repair. 

For repairs outside of New Zealand we sadly cannot cover shipping costs at this time but please stay tuned - or get in touch and we can help you find someone to help you locally!  

For mending assistance email info@maggiemarilyn.com