Cotton is a soft natural fiber that is breathable, absorbs liquids well and has a soft feel. Since cotton is a natural fiber, the changes in growing seasons affect the quality of different batches of cotton.
Cotton products are relatively easy to take care of. Dark and bold colored items may bleed color especially in the first washes, which is why they should be washed separately or with like colors in extra water. We recommend following the given washing temperature since washing in a lower temperature may cause color transfer. Cotton products should not be soaked. Bold colored and patterned products should be washed inside out in order to preserve the beautiful colors and patterns. A cotton product may shrink in the first wash. Clothes should be reshaped into their original size after washing. Cotton products smooth out better if they are ironed while still damp.
Lyocell is a modified cellulose fiber that has an environmentally friendly production process. The best features of lyocell are that it is absorbent, firm, it drapes nicely and it’s soft.
We recommend washing lyocell products inside out and separate from other laundry in extra water, so that the colors stay even. Bold colored products may bleed or transfer color when wet or dry, especially when they are new. Lyocell products should not be soaked. Check the label for exact care instructions for each product.
Carefully reshape the product while damp into its original size and hang to dry or dry on a flat surface if the care instructions recommend doing so. The material may feel stiff after washing, but it will soften once it dries and after it is ironed. The product should be ironed through a damp cloth.
Silk is one of the strongest natural fibers that is also light, fine and supple. Silk is an absorbent material. Since it is a delicate natural material, silk does not tolerate chemicals and strong friction or pull on the seams. Sunlight may weaken the fiber and fade colors.
We recommend washing silk in a delicate wash with cool extra water and a detergent meant for silks. The product should also be turned inside out and washed separately from other laundry to keep the colors even. Avoid wringing and chafing. Bold colored products may bleed or transfer color when wet or dry. Check the label for exact care instructions for each product. Silk products should be ironed on the reverse side through a damp cloth.
Wool is known for its good thermal insulation and the fact that it is absorbent and flexible. Since wool is a natural fiber that is resistant to stains, it does not need to be washed very often but is easily cleaned and refreshed by airing. The ideal weather for airing is cold and damp. Check the label for exact care instructions for each product. Wool products should be stored in an airy space either folded up or on a sturdy hanger.
Pilling (the formation of short fuzz or fuzz balls) may occur on the surface of a wool product because of chafing, especially when it is new. Products made of soft natural fibers typically form slight pilling. The best way to get rid of fuzz balls is to comb the product with a wool comb or to remove the fuzz balls by hand. Wool is often mixed with other animal fibers or synthetic fibers, depending on the desired outcome.
Linen is a natural fiber that has a fine sheen, is absorbent and has a pleasant feel. Linen feels warm in the cold and cool in heat and it doesn’t cling with static. It is typical of linen to wrinkle easily and to have an uneven surface with small knots and thicker strings here and there. The fiber knots may not always come loose during the fabric’s preliminary treatments but will detach only later after the printing process, thus leaving a white dot on the fabric.
Linen products remain beautiful and are long-lasting as long as they are cared for according to the care instructions. Dark fabrics may bleed color especially in the first washes. Linen textiles should be turned inside out and washed separately in extra water. Linen products can be spin-dried lightly but should not be tumble dried.
Reshape the product to its original size after washing. Linen products smooth out better if they are ironed while still damp.
Down is a natural material, which keeps its good qualities for a long time if it is taken care of properly. Down is a light, airy and durable insulator.
Down products should be washed inside out with a delicate program in extra water. Use a mild detergent that is free of whiteners and use only 1/3 of the regular amount. We do not recommend the use of softeners. Down products should be tumble dried for 3 to 4 hours in a low temperature with the help of tennis balls or similar, which help to fluff the down and allow it to disperse more evenly in the product. Check the label for exact washing instructions and temperatures for each product.
The down used for insulation in Marimekko products is produced as a by-product of the food industry. Our products do not contain down that is plucked from live birds.
Viscose is a modified cellulose fiber, which is soft and absorbent and has a pleasant faint sheen. Viscose doesn’t cling with static. Viscose has a low abrasion resistance, which means the soft surface may form pilling.
By washing the product inside out, the surface will be saved from chafing. We recommend washing viscose products either by hand or with the delicate care program in the washer. Check the label for exact care instructions for each product. Clothes made from viscose should be washed in extra water to avoid laundry wrinkles. We don’t recommend soaking or using softeners for viscose since they may weaken the fabric. Carefully reshape the product while damp into its original size and hang to dry or dry on a flat surface if the care instructions recommend doing so.
The material may feel stiff after washing, but it will soften once it dries and after it is ironed. Viscose products should be ironed through a damp cloth. Ironing will also help in restoring the product to its original size and shape.