Caring for your Wrapsody Breeze or Hybrid Wrap
Our 100% cotton Breeze and Hybrid carriers can be machine washed and dried. As the carriers are long and can tangle in your machines, it is best to first place the carrier inside a pillowcase or mesh sweater bag before washing. There are many places to buy such bags, such as handylaundry.com.Do not use bleach. Feel free to utilize the soap you would use on any of your baby products, provided the soap does not contain bleach. Generally, a cold or warm wash is ideal. Line dry or dry on medium heat.
it is best to first place the carrier inside a pillowcase or mesh sweater bag before washing.
Due to the saturation of our beautiful hand-dyed fabrics, the first few times you wash your carrier, it should be washed separate from other items, as unbonded dye may remain in the fibers. Is is a good idea to do this with our black WrapDuO as well. Removing any excess dye will not cause your carrier to fade. There are commercially available “color catcher” sheets that you may wish to use in your first wash — to be honest, I cannot find any compelling discussion of the science of these sheets, but many folks swear by them.
You can wash as normal in warm water and check the rinse water until you see it is clear.
You may notice small bits of residue on your batiked wrap
The last stage of the dye process for batik wraps is boiling. The boiling, which happens in large vats, rinses the last of the dye and also removes the waxes used in creating the traditionally batiked designs. Occasionally, some of the wax remains on the wraps. The wax looks yellowish or brownish and can easily be scraped off with a fingernail.
The best way to remove wax is to place the wrap in a large pot of water and bring it to a boil, stirring occasionally. After boiling for 5 – 10 minutes, allow the wrap and water to cool in the pot, then wash in warm water using your normal detergent. Hang the wrap to dry or dry in your machine.
Variations in print and colors in batik wraps
The normal variations in our hand-dyed products, as well as variations in the colors and stamps, only add to the uniqueness of our artisan carriers. Such variations in hand batiks are what make them such desirable and artistic fabrics. The dyes are mixed by hand from high-quality DyeStar dyestuffs, then applied by hand by individual artisans. The printed designs are created using wax stamps. The wax stamps are applied by hand and then let to cool and crack, which allow the background dyes into the cracks of the wax, creating beautiful and interesting patterns.
Avoid fading the vibrant colors in your hand-dyed wrap. Do not dry it in direct sunlight, or if you do dry in direct sunlight, do not leave it longer than necessary. Additionally, be aware that storing your wrap in sunlight, such as in a sunny spot of your car or in a sunny window, can cause the colors to fade over time.
Caring for your WrapDuO wrap
Our WrapDuO wraps are made from a high-tech, 100% polyester sports knit. You can machine wash these wraps in cold or, occasionally, warm water and tumble dry on low or air dry.
The fabrics are knit in order to wick moisture away from your skin and your baby’s without chemical additives. Fabric softener or detergent residue can interfere with this process, so to maximize the high-tech nature of this wrap, use a light detergent that will rinse clean and no fabric softener or dryer sheets.
In a top-loading washer with an agitator, or when you are washing the wrap with other items, first secure the wrap in a mesh sweater bag or pillowcase to avoid tangling, stretching, and straining the fabric of the wrap.
Storing your Wrapsody carriers
Your Wrapsody baby carriers should be stored out of direct sunlight. You may store them in their reusable fabric bag (where applicable) if you wish.
The wraps should be cleaned thoroughly prior to storage, as certain food residues, oils, etc. can interact with the fibers to cause premature wear or attract insects or rodents.
If you plan to store your wraps for an extended time between uses, please remember that like any fibers, the fibers of your wrap may become brittle or less strong over time. Your carrier would do best if rolled rather than folded or crumpled and kept where excessive moisture or dryness cannot damage the carrier.
Your WrapDuO should be rinsed as you would a swimsuit after use in chlorinated water, as chlorine is a bleach that can wear down fibers over time.
In general, your wraps can be stored like any clothing item during periods of regular use, but careful cleaning and storage will maximize the life of your fabric baby carrier.