How to take care and prolong the life of your favorite garment

Made with love - Handle with care

Whenever you buy a mundo melocotón item you will see the words “Made with Love - Handle With Care” on the care and composition label on the inside of your garment.
But what does this exactly mean?

When sourcing our fabrics we have met and established really nice partnerships with experienced fabric suppliers. We went to visit their mills and had interesting conversations regarding all the different characteristics a fabric can have.

It is sometimes crazy to see how every component or every treatment can have a specific effect on how this fabric will react later during production, or afterwards when wearing and caring the apparel.

We sometimes got surprised during productions and had to learn a thing or two due to unforeseen reactions.  And although textile and confection should not be listed as rocket science, it can become quite complicated and it is for sure not as predictable as a 1 + 1 mathematical calculation.

Because we put a lot of effort into sourcing good qualities and according suppliers, we also learned quickly that a very important part to ensure this good quality is unmistakably the care afterwards. Since we ourselves are a family of 5, consisting of 2 adults, 2 teenagers and a little toddler, we know washing things by hand is a utopian idea which you will hardly see us do. But for sure there are some things which really can make a difference to take care and prolong the life of your favorite garment.

The 3 first cycles

1 of the most important things one of our Spanish fabric suppliers taught us is that the first 3 washing cycles that a garment undergoes are enormously decisive. That’s why they recommend always washing a newly bought item at a very low temperature the first three times you wash it. Whether it is made of cotton or another composition, it actually doesn’t matter. 

The fact is that during these 3 first cycles the fibres will settle and chances are small that they will move much more afterwards. At least if you always take the correct care instructions in mind afterwards.This is also one of the reasons why you will see most of our washing instructions recommend washing your clothes at 30 degrees.

No tumble dry

The actual biggest percentage of shrinkage will take place when using a tumble dryer.
This is affecting more than for example washing the garment at a higher temperature.
One of the reasons why we also heavily reduced the use of the tumble dryer at home, is because it is one of the highest energy consuming machines in the house. So not very sustainable either.

You might love the fluffy softness of a recently tumble dried item, so if you really can’t resist  this, you could consider hanging your clothes to dry and when they are dried completely, putting them max.5 minutes on a low temperature to get this same fluffiness. (But always stay careful, to avoid any possible shrinkage) 

Inside out

Absolutely key to taking care of your clothing is turning them inside out.
This is important during washing because every fibre, delicate or not, is sensitive to friction. Since clothes are continuously rubbed together during washing, the fibers will suffer from this action.

By turning the garment inside out only the fibres on the inside will tend to have some pilling. Pilling is the technical term that is used to describe the fact that little pills, tiny balls of short or broken fibres, appear due to rubbing and friction during normal wear and use.

Also afterwards, when you hang your clothes to dry, by having turned them inside out, you prevent your clothes from discoloring visibly. Since we love to work with 100% organic cotton fabrics, one of the characteristics we need to keep in mind is that dyed cotton is much more sensitive to discoloration by sunlight than a mixture of cotton with polyester for example.

So whenever you hang your clothes to dry outside, either try to put them in the shadow, away from direct sunlight, or turn them inside out, so that if the sun does “eat away” the colors it only appears visible on the inside of your clothing.