Product Care

Types of Down

Bed Linens

Like any luxury item, with a little extra care, they will reward you with many years of the most luxurious comfort and lasting beauty. But like any luxury item, they do not respond well to common treatment, so we recommend the following instructions. The following instructions are for the majority of our cotton jacquard fabrics, please refer to the product’s page for each individual item’s care.

Machine wash using moderate temperatures and gentle cycles in a small to moderate size load. Always wash white, coloured, and dark fabrics separately. Select a mild soap such as Tide Free, Linen Wash, or Ivory, specialty fabric soaps are the best. Never use liquid fabric softener, bleach or any detergent containing bleach.

Ensure all of the soap is washed out by not using ‘water saver’ settings. . These fabrics will last much better if they have lots of water to swim around in. When water is limited, the fabrics will scrub against themselves. This is also why you should never overload the machine. It is best to machine wash these bed linens on a gentle cycle without any other types of articles, in a small to moderate size load. Never wash with towels, blue jeans, or any other articles that can scour the surface of the fabric.

Machine dry on gentle using a moderate temperature; do not over dry. You will be surprised at how quickly these fine fabrics dry. Remove immediately at end of cycle.

Ironing can be done on the appropriate fabric setting while the fabric is still slightly damp.

Acne medications and whitening toothpastes contain chemicals that will bleach almost everything. Sleep in nightwear made with natural fabrics. Nightwear made with synthetic fibers is one of the biggest causes of pilling.

THROWS & COVERLETS

Like any luxury item, with a little extra care, they will reward you with many years of the most luxurious comfort and lasting beauty. But like any luxury item, they do not respond well to common treatment, so we recommend the following instructions. The following instructions are for the majority of our throws and coverlets, please refer to the product’s page for each individual item’s care.

Machine wash using moderate temperatures and gentle cycles in a small to moderate size load. Always wash white, coloured, and dark fabrics separately. Select a mild soap such as Tide Free, Linen Wash, or Ivory, specialty fabric soaps are the best. Never use liquid fabric softener, bleach or any detergent containing bleach.

Ensure all of the soap is washed out by not using ‘water saver’ settings. . These fabrics will last much better if they have lots of water to swim around in. When water is limited, the fabrics will scrub against themselves. This is also why you should never overload the machine. It is best to machine wash these bed linens on a gentle cycle without any other types of articles, in a small to moderate size load. Never wash with towels, blue jeans, or any other articles that can scour the surface of the fabric.

Machine dry on gentle using a moderate temperature; do not over dry. You will be surprised at how quickly these fine fabrics dry. Remove immediately at end of cycle.

Ironing can be done on the appropriate fabric setting while the fabric is still slightly damp.

Acne medications and whitening toothpastes contain chemicals that will bleach almost everything. Sleep in nightwear made with natural fabrics. Nightwear made with synthetic fibers is one of the biggest causes of pilling.

Duvets

A duvet is very easy to care for, but there are a few things to keep in mind.

Most importantly, always use a duvet cover. A duvet cover is much easier to clean than a duvet. Caring for your duvet and pillows will prolong their life and in return they will give you a more comfortable sleep.

When you first unpack your duvet, it may seem a bit flat. Given a few hours, your new duvet will puff up and stay lofty for years. You will keep your duvet fresher if you hang it outside on a nice day, two or three times a year, being careful to place it out of direct sunlight. Don’t hang it out on a windy day, but a gentle breeze is good.

We do not recommend laundering your duvet at home because domestic washing machines are too small and have an agitator in the centre which can damage the duvet. We recommend choosing a reputable dry cleaning establishment with extensive experience with duvet cleaning.

SPOT CLEANING

For spots, you can knock the fill away from the area, and spot wash with a mild soap. Rinse the affected area thoroughly with water and dry thoroughly. Make sure the down fill is completely dry. Any clumps of down should be pulled apart and dried again. Drying can be done either outside; with a hairdryer on medium heat, or in a large capacity dryer on medium heat. Never use high heat. If the spot is pet urine, take the duvet immediately to a professional cleaner.

COMPLETE CLEANING

Only clean a duvet if it is soiled. Take your duvet to a reputable dry cleaner with experience cleaning down filled duvets. You should air out a dry-cleaned duvet before use. We do not recommend non-professional laundering. It is possible to wash your bedding at home, however it may jeopardize the life of your duvet. The majorities of home washers and dryers are small and have an agitator in the center, which places unnecessary stress on the duvet.

STORING A DUVET

When storing a duvet, always place the duvet in a fabric cover that can breathe. Plastic can trap moisture, and lead to mildew problems. This is relevant for any down filled product and most natural textiles.

PILLOWS

We strongly recommend using a pillow protector because it will decrease the need to wash the pillow as often. If you prefer to have your pillow dry cleaned, choose a reputable cleaning establishment with extensive experience.

The majority of our St Genève pillows are machine washable; however we recommend only washing them when necessary. Wash regular, standard, and queen pillows as pairs, wash king pillows individually. Use a pure, gentle soap. Do not bleach. Use medium temperature water at the maximum water level with an extra rinse cycle. If water is left in the pillow after the extra rinse cycle, squeeze out the excess water.

Machine dry pillows individually at medium temperatures. After the first drying cycle, pull apart any clumps that have formed. Use a tumble dry setting for the next dry cycle. Your pillow will come out of the laundry as puffy as they were when new.

FEATHER MATTRESS TOPS

Feather Mattress Tops cannot be washed or dry cleaned, which is why we recommend using a Feather Mattress Cover at all times.

 

LOUNGEWEAR

St Genève lounge wear should be machine washed using moderate temperatures and gentle cycles. Select a mild soap such as Tide Free, Linen Wash, or Ivory. Do not use any type of bleach or fabric softener as the harsh chemicals will weaken the natural fibers. Do not wash with heavy or textured articles because they can scour the fabric.

We recommend hanging your St Genève lounge wear to dry, however if you prefer, it can be machine dried on a delicate setting with a low temperature.

Visit the Back Label and Abyss websites for more information on caring for their products.

TABLE LINENS

These suggestions are for St Genève linen products only. For other manufacturers, we recommend you refer to the items care label.

The more linen is washed, the softer and more luminous it becomes. It is also the only fabric to be stronger when wet than dry, so it does not become tender through washing.

Launder whites, colors, and prints separately. Do not use bleach or detergents with optical brightening agents. White linen may be washed hot, and colored linens should be washed at medium temperatures. Spin to extract excess water, and stretch damp articles to natural size and shape before ironing. Hot iron linen while still damp, on the wrong side. Avoid tumble drying; linen will last much longer when it is hung to dry.

When storing table linens, wrap in acid-free tissue paper or old sheets and store in a cool, dry, well-ventilated area. Avoid using plastic bags, cedar chests or cardboard boxes, or wrapping linens in regular tissue paper. For prolonged storage, shift linens occasionally to change folded areas.

 

ABYSS & HABIDECOR

Machine wash and tumble dry using cold temperatures. Always wash towels separately from other home textile, rugs, and garments. Select a mild soap, do not use any type of bleach or fabric softener. Do not dry clean or iron.

Visit the Abyss & Habidecor website for more information on caring for their products.