Care Instructions

It is easy to maintain our gowns beautifully in time.

Just follow the simple care instructions suggested by us, and avoid non-tested treatments and products.

- Immerse the article exclusively in cold water and leave it soaking for at least 4 hours.

- Wash white articles in the washing machine, using a regular detergent.

- Wash color articles using exclusively specific detergents for color clothing free of whiteners, by checking the label.

Do not use any additive.

Wash at 40°C/104°F or if the fabric can sustain a higher temperature and you wish to disinfect it, wash at 60°C/140°F for 30 minutes.

If you need to sterilize the gown at 140°C/284°F, please note the fabric will shrink by 2-4%, corresponding to one size. Not all of our models can be subject to this process because some of the accessories do not bear temperatures higher than 90°C/194°F.

Iron the cotton articles while slightly wet using a steamer. The wash and wear PET fabric does not need to be ironed.

Articles subject to different care other than the suggested instructions will not be covered by warranty.

 

TECHNICAL FAQS

 

‘How should I wash them?’

Carefully read the garment label and maintenance suggested in our catalogues where the appropriate temperatures and wash cycles are explained. Generally, we advise against using a clothes dryer. However, it is possible to tumble-dry the garments at very low temperatures (i.e. delicate) and still avoiding shrinking.

‘The white ones are grey or yellow after washing’

Rewashing with a detergent that contains sodium bicarbonate (baking soda) should suffice. The yellowish color is due to the overuse of whitening agents and the grayish color is due to the use of the wrong type of detergents or mixing whites and colors.

‘Yellow stains have appeared.’

This results from excess bleach or the direct application of bleach to the garment. We recommend rinsing the garment at 40º, skipping the spin cycle and the rewashing at 30º with sodium bicarbonate (baking soda).

‘Blue streaks have appeared.’

This is due to an excess of softener or laundry detergents. A thorough rinsing with clean water should make them disappear.

‘The material is difficult to iron.’

At the onset our materials are difficult to iron, over time with each washing they become softer something that we consider a mark of quality. The material can be softened, making it easier to iron, by soaking it in lye. Be aware that while doing this softens the material it will weaken the fibers making the garment less durable.

‘The new one isn't as soft as the old one.’

This is absolutely normal. Please refer to the point listed above.

‘My coat/scrubs have stretched or shrunk.’

Our materials are guaranteed Sanford +/- 2%. This means that the scrubs will progressively shrink up to 2 cm and the coats up to 1 cm. shrinking is bound to occur if the material is washed at temperatures higher than those indicated on the label or tumble dry at a temperature higher than that recommended for the garment. The percentage of the shrinkage will augment based on the temperature to which the material is subjected.

‘The color is opaque after the wash.’

Normally rinsing with clean water should return it to its original condition. This problem usually results from the residue of washing detergent deposited in the material’s fibers.

‘The color has degraded.’

Our dyes are especially resistant due to the fact that they are destined for sanitary use. Regardless if special color detergents are not used the tone of the garment may change. Laundering products claiming to be ¨universal¨ usually contain whitening agents or color additives that diminish the strength of the color.

‘The material has broken fibers or small holes.’

If the material comes in contact with acidic products a progressive weakening of the fibres occurs. We advise against the use of stain removers.

 

The stains

Blood:  place in cold water, and then wash normally.

Burnscold water with a few drops of ammonia and 120/0 hydrogen peroxide.

Coffeemineral water.

Foodsoda water. Place a towel under stained area, rub vigorously.

Lipstickrub white bread over the area.

Grease: rub the dry fabric with soap before washing.

Ink: put a blotting-paper under the spot, then pad with cotton soaked in 90 proof alcohol. In case of stamp ink, pad with cotton cloth soaked in ether and alcohol, paying careful attention that the cloth is not too moist or the spot will tend to spread. 

Rust: sponge with weak solution of oxalic acid until the stain disappears, then sponge carefully with household ammonia and rinse with water.

Resin: pad with a cotton soaked in turpentine.

Wax: scrape gently with a knife, place 2 blotting papers over and under the spot, then iron. If the wax is coloured, rub it with cotton cloth soaked in ether.

For any other questions, please contact us!  info@pastelli-usa.com