Thanks to one of my dearest and best friends in the world, Bell Courtney-Lydon, I was introduced to Lindsey Wieber Boyd and her keen eye for clean. Lindsey is one part of the dynamic team that makes up the Laundress along with Gwen Whiting. These ladies have a fabulous sense of what’s great in style with experiences at CHANEL and Ralph Lauren and have rolled up their sleeves to bring that exclusive taste and sensibilities to cleaning products!
TIPS OF THE TRADE:
Always separate laundry by color. For best results use The Laundress White Detergent for all whites, The Laundress Darks Detergent for darks and denim, and The Laundress Signature Detergent for lights and colors. Items should be laundered separately by color category for best results and color longevity.
Intense cleaning involves three elements: water temperature (hot), detergent amount (more than recommended) and agitation (movement in machine). Fabric (such as cotton) generally has a certain shrinkage capacity so washing your favorite white t-shirt once in hot water will shrink the same amount as it would over multiple washings in warm.
Washing delicates by hand is the best. After hand washing with The Laundress Delicate Wash, delicates should be line dried or laid flat to dry. If machine washing, always protect items by placing them in a mesh bag using a delicate wash cycle. *Swimwear, lacey items, and under wire bras should always be hand washed for best care and longevity.
When freshening gym shoes, furniture or a jacket after a night on the town, The Laundress Fabric Fresh in your favorite scent disinfects and freshens. The Laundress Fabric Fresh also adds a clean touch to bedding (especially in a hotel).
To treat tough stains, pour The Laundress Stain Solution directly onto stained area and rub gently (to avoid distressing the fabric). Then, soak item in hot water before running through a long laundry cycle. Keep in mind that hot water is always best, but when handling delicates and wools keep the temperature tepid.
When laundering with bleach, it is best to soak items in bleach then add The Laundress Signature Detergent after soaking. Since bleach cancels out the cleaning agents in detergents mixing them at the same time is counterproductive.
Cashmere, most wool, and pashmina should only be machine washed with cool water in a delicate cycle with The Laundress Wool & Cashmere Shampoo. Pilling can be minimized by washing items inside out. However, fine items are truly more protected when lovingly cared for in a nice tepid bath and dried flat to keep their natural shape.
Thanks to Lindsey & Gwen for helping the Young Collectors debut at Beacon Hill of Greenwich on Nov.6th with a special gift! For more information, check out the website “greenwichyc.com”