Product Care

Following our product care instructions will help make sure that your Aprons and Chef uniform have a long, rewarding life.

Washing

Organic cotton does not need any special care. Treat organic cotton garments as you would normal cotton garments. Washing instructions are printed on a white tag inside our garments. Following our garment instructions will help make sure that your uniform has a long, rewarding life. In general, washing your gear in cold or warm water with mild powder laundry soap (non-toxic, biodegradable types preferred) and drying it on the line are the best ways to clean Cream Workwear products.

 

Soaking

Do NOT soak your garments in any product which has Sodium Percarbonate in it.

NAPISAN / SARD / BOOST/ WHITE KING will cause the press studs to dislodge. We cannot be responsible if our washcare instructions are not followed.

The SAME fresh & clean result can be achieved by following these instructions:

 

Wash Less

Wash your clothing only when it’s absolutely necessary, you’ll conserve water and minimize wear and tear on your garments. If your uniform has concentrated dirty marks on it, firstly rinse dirty mark under warm water to remove surface dirt, then use a Spot Spray remover before placing in the washing machine. Spray the Spot remover onto the dirty mark, leave for 1-5 minutes, then wash in washing machine on a 40 degree wash.

This washing method will remove most dirty marks, pen marks, oil, wine, blood etc. and you’ll have your fresh new uniform looking fresh & clean again.

 

 Line Dry

Line dry your clothing whenever possible. Dry in the shade. Harsh sunlight causes fabrics to perish and whites to turn yellow. Turn bright or dark items inside out to reduce fading. Hang shirts and aprons from the bottom, and pants from the waistband so the clothes peg marks are in a less conspicuous spot. Line drying saves energy and reduces environmental impact. If you are using a dryer, tumble dry on low heat. Do Not tumble dry on a high heat and make the garment crispy dry as you will have difficulty ironing the creases out.

 

Fabric Softeners

Adding fabric softener can increase softness but it achieves the improved hand feel by depositing waxy agents on the surface of the fabric. This waxy residue left behind on your clothes can:

  • Impair moisture wicking/ quick drying
  • Inhibit odour control
  • Reduce longevity of spandex content

Ironing

Cotton is a natural fabric which creases after washing and will need to be ironed.

Iron all garments on the wrong side with a very hot iron and set steam to full. Garments are best ironed slightly damp as the moisture in the cotton helps to smooth out creases. Always iron black and dark colour garments on the wrong side. If ironed on the right side, the seam impression shines through and makes your garment look cheap and nasty. You wouldn’t want this.



More Product Care Tips

 

Ballpoint Pen
At the root of many bad days is a leaky ballpoint pen. Whisk away those heartbreaking stains with  lemon juice. Stubborn stains require persistence, so don’t quit after one attempt. First, test an inconspicuous part of the garment to ensure the color doesn’t change. Start by wetting a cotton ball or cloth with a few drops of lemon juice and blotting a small area. Allow the fabric to dry. If there’s no discoloration, wet a second cotton ball and blot the stain. Use dry cotton balls to absorb the ink stain until the cotton ball no longer wicks ink from the fabric. Allow the garment to dry. Next, use a toothbrush and clean the stain with a drop of dishwashing detergent; scrub until the stain disappears. Rinse the garment in warm water, then blot dry with a clean towel.

 

Blood
If possible, immediately rinse blood stains from fabric with cold water. Follow the rinse with an extended soak in salt water. If the blood has dried, try soaking the garment in a solution of ammonia and water before washing as directed by the garment care tag. Do not use hot water; hot water will set stain permanently.

Grease

To remove grease, first try washing the garment by hand with a good liquid dishwashing detergent, rather than machine washing it with a powdered laundry detergent. If the grease persists, rub the stain with a cotton ball or cotton cloth dampened with a few drops of denatured or isopropyl alcohol (found in the paint section of most home stores) to break up the grease, then wash as directed by the garment care tag.

 

Chocolate
 Start by scraping away as much of the stain as possible. Next, immerse the stained portion of the garment in milk or in a mixture of egg yoke and denatured alcohol for a few minutes until the stain starts to lift. Finish by washing the garment with warm soapy water.

Coffee
 To remove coffee stains, start by blotting up the excess with a clean cloth. Mix a solution of one cup warm water, one-half teaspoon detergent and one tablespoon white vinegar and soak the stain for 15 minutes. Rinse well with water. Blot the stain with denatured or isopropyl alcohol and then wash in warm, soapy water.

Cotton
Wash your organic cotton uniforms  in cool to warm water (40 degrees C) with mild laundry detergent (non-toxic, biodegradable types preferred) and dry it on the line if possible. You may also use a dryer on a low-heat setting. DO not set to high, crispy drying as you will spend a lot of time ironing out the creases.  (Line drying saves energy and reduces environmental impact).

Fabric Softener
We don’t recommend using fabric conditioners or softeners on our products. They can cause seam slippage in clothing with open-weave construction, and can decrease overall durability.

Felt-Tipped Pen
Stains from a felt-tipped pen want to stay put, so don’t be discouraged if your first attempts to remove them are unsuccessful. Try blotting (not rubbing) the stain gently with a cotton ball or clean cotton cloth dampened with a few drops of denatured or isopropyl alcohol (this may take several tries). Test the alcohol first in an inconspicuous part of the garment and allow the fabric to dry. If there’s no discoloration, wet a second cotton ball and blot the stain, but do not saturate the fabric. Allow to dry. Using a toothbrush, clean the stain with a drop of dishwashing detergent and scrub until the stain has disappeared. Rinse the garment in warm

Grease
Luckily, grease comes out of fabrics quite easily. Simply washing your garment in warm, soapy water with a liquid dishwashing detergent will usually remove the stain. If that doesn’t work, try blotting the stain with isopropyl or denatured alcohol.

Ink
Start by wetting a cotton ball or cotton cloth with a few drops of alcohol or lemon juice and rubbing an inconspicuous part of the garment. Allow the fabric to dry. If there’s no discoloration, wet a second cotton ball and rub the stain, but do not over saturate the fabric. Allow to dry. Using a toothbrush, clean the stain with a drop of dishwashing detergent and scrub until the stain disappears. Rinse the garment in warm water and blot the fabric dry with a clean towel.

 

Oil
Luckily, oil cleans out of fabrics quite easily. Washing your garment in warm, soapy water using a liquid detergent will usually remove the stain. If that doesn’t work, try blotting the stain with denatured or isopropyl alcohol (if the stain is stubborn) before washing in warm, soapy water.