Caring for your clothes

Caring Tips

For Under wired garments

All under wired garments need the same care when washing – this includes bras, swimwear and strap tops! We recommend that you hand wash these items as machine washing can shrink the fabric, misshape the wires and cause them to push through the fabric. If the wires come out of the garment completely they can cause considerable damage to your washing machine, which can be costly to fix. Good news for your repair man, but definitely not for you!

We also recommend that you dry your under wired garments away from direct heat, as radiators and tumble dryers can also damage and degrade the wires.

 

For Swimwears

You can prolong the life of your swimwear and help protect it against the damaging effects of chlorine, perspiration and suntan lotion by rinsing it out in cool water immediately after you have used it. You should avoid using fabric conditioner as this breaks down Lycra and degrades swimwear.

Remember that most swimwear does not offer protection against the harmful effects of the sun and you can still get burnt through your swimwear if you don't have sun protection on underneath it. So make sure you apply your suntan lotion all over before you bask in the sun – we recommend that you apply it half an hour before putting your swimwear on, as lotions can stain the fabric.

 

For Lingerie

To keep your underwear in tiptop condition, we recommend that you hand wash it. It's best to use cool water when you are hand washing as hot water can damage delicate fabrics like lace, embroidery, bindings and elastic. Using cool water will help keep the garments' color and will prevent white fabrics from going grey.

 

For Nightwears

Most of our nightwears are machine washable. To keep your nightwear in the best condition, always follow the washing and ironing instructions on the label inside the garment.


 

Washing Tips

 

Give N-Gal your tender-loving-care (TLC) and you will receive good mileage from them. Most people love to cut away the tags from the lingerie since they just don’t look very sexy. We suggest that you take a look at the fabric and washing label before you snip them off eternally. More often than not, the sales person will advise you to hand wash them regardless of the material because this is the safest way. This may be true but if you read the washing label, you will discover that some fabrics can actually withstand the tumbling from the machine. This will surely help you to save some time.

 

  • Wash your garments before wearing them, even though it may be a brand new piece. For sanitary reasons and to rid the new garments of potential chemical residue, it is a good idea to wash new lingerie. So, be kind to your skin, just wash them before wearing.
  • Soak the garments for no more than 1/2 hour in light detergent. Depending on where you live, the brands and types may vary, but pick the one that is easy to dissolve. Mix the detergent with water before putting in the lingerie. Make sure that they are evenly mixed or you might end up having blotches in your Bra or G-Strings.
  • Do not mix the dark colored ones with the light ones. Yes, this is a basic rule but we still do this when we are lazy, lumping them together in a tub and then tears roll down when the pure white lace becomes antique rust color.
  • Remove any loose buckles or anything else that doesn't belong in the lingerie wash bowl. This helps prevent rust spots forming on delicate lingerie.
  • Wash padded areas carefully. Pay attention the areas that trap sweat. Make sure you wash them thoroughly or it might give you some nasty rashes the next time you wear it.
  • Do not squash the bra or padding while washing as it will deform the shape. Just press them gently. Put the cup of the bra in the center of one palm and use your fist from the other hand to press against the cup, this will drain out the water without squashing the cups.
  • Rinse away the detergent thoroughly as most people do not pay attention to this step. Detergent weakens the fibers of the material and leaving them on just speeds up the erosion. In time to come, you will notice that your favorite sexy lace bra is not as snug as before. Yes, the bra has expanded, not your breasts!
  • Hang up the lingerie to dry if possible. If not, clip on the straps and the middle portion of the bra, unless you want an imprint of the clothes peg on the padded portion, never snap a peg on the cups portion.
  • Use a lingerie bag when drying your delicate clothes in dryer.
  • Stowing them in their original shape is the best way to preserve the shape. If you crush them or fold them, you are likely to destroy the shape of the bra.