Nearly all BOVI items may be washed in water. We recommend a primary wash before using our products.
Always prefer neutral and biodegradable liquid detergents. Avoid detergents containing bleach and whitening properties, because these will harm the colours.
A slight shrinkage may occur in all natural fibre textiles. This will then be stabilized after the first washes.
Avoid strong and long machine rotations. For cotton and linen items, use medium cycles from 400 to 600 RPM. This will make ironing easier.
Always separate your laundry by colour and by fibre content (cotton, linen, etc.).
Unfold and gently shake each item before drying. When machine drying, choose medium temperatures and rotations. Remove items from machine as soon as drying is concluded.
When washing delicate items and items with embroideries, always turns these items in-side-out before placing them in the machine. Remove from machine as soon as washing cycle has ended and gently shake before drying, this will prevent wrinkles.
Use a good quality steam iron. Iron embroidered items in-side-out. Always follow instruction on labels.
Always prefer cold or low temperature washes. For whites, always use temperatures below 60ºC. Colours should never be washed above 40ºC.
Select washing cycle based on how much you’ve used your textiles. Some skin and hair cosmetics contain oxidants which may harm colours in textiles. Certify that these products do not come into contact with your sheets and pillowcases.
What does percale mean?
It is a closely woven plain-weave fabric. The finer the yarn, the lighter and softer the fabric. At BOVI, we mainly use 200TC percale, among others.
What does sateen mean?
This is a fabric produced in a satin-weave structure, but produced with cotton yarns instead of silk. At BOVI we prefer 300TC sateen, but other TC’s are available.
What is a fabric structure?
The structured is comprised by the sum of threads in the warp and weft, found in the area of a square inch. TC stands for “thread count”, so a 300TC fabric will have 300 threads in a square inch.
Does the thread count matter?
The notion that “the higher the thread count, the better the fabric”, doesn’t correspond entirely to the truth. A 200TC fabric with high quality fibres will always look better and feel softer than a 500TC fabric produced with low quality yarns. A key element for a fabric’s quality is also the fabric finishing process. At BOVI, we use state-of-the-art textile finishing technology, creating soft and long-lasting quality textiles.
How to discern the warp from the weft?
The warp refers to the yarns which run along the length of the fabric. The weft refers to the yarns which run along the width of the fabric, crossing with the warp yarns and by doing so, creating fabric.
What does seersucker mean?
This is a fabric where part of the fibre runs at a different tension than the rest, creating “rugged” woven stripes which run parallel to plain woven stripes. The word “seersucker” is the English conversion of the expression “kheer aur shakkar”, from the Hindustani language, spoken in Northern India and in great part of Pakistan. It means “rice pudding and sugar”, where the rugged stripes resemble the bumpy rice and sugar, while the plain stripes resemble the soft and creamy texture of milk.
What does jacquard mean?
It refers to a fabric with a pattern or design which is achieved by the interlacement of the warp and weft, based on a pre-programed design for the loom. The term originates from France and it’s a homage to Joseph Marie Jacquard, the inventor of the first mechanical jacquard loom in 1801.
At BOVI, we use reactive dyestuff because these are resistant to light, heat and washing. Read more about BOVI’s laundry care suggestions and learn how to treat and use your textiles.