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Technical Information & Care Instructions


Marimekko fabrics are printed either by a rotary method or a flatbed printing method. Flatbed printing enables the printing of big repeats but it also produces repeat lines which can be clearly be seen on some fabrics depending on the pattern and colours. Repeat lines are characteristic of fabric printed by the flatbed method; they are not a reason for complaint. Pattern repeats may differ from the measurements given.

Coated Fabrics
Strong-coloured stains (carrot, tomato, berries, ink, sauces etc.) should be removed from coated fabrics immediately to prevent the stain from adhering to the porous surface. Coated fabrics can be washed in plenty of water, at 40°C on the delicate cycle, and ironed on the reverse side. We recommend storing coated fabrics on a roll. Do not bleach. Do not tumble dry. The pvc used as a coating material does not contain phlalates.

Cotton Fabrics
It is advisable to wash dark and strong-coloured fabrics separately or with like colours in plenty of water, as some dye may come off especially in the first few washes.  Wash at 60 degrees. Washing at too low temperature may cause the colour to bleed. Soaking is not recommended. Washing strong-coloured and patterned items inside out will help to keep the colours and prints beautiful. Cotton items are best ironed when they are slightly damp. Do not bleach. Do not tumble dry.

Linen Fabrics
Linen is a natural fiber characterized by a beautiful lustre, high moisture absorbency and a pleasant feel. Linen items are warm when it is cold and cool when it is hot. Linen does not accumulate static electricity. Other characteristics of linen include a tendency to wrinkle and slight irregularities in texture, nubs or slubs. Nubs of fibre are not always removed during pretreatment but come off later, after the printing process, and may leave a white dot on the fabric. Some dye may come off darker fabric especially in the first few washes. Wash linen items separately in plenty of water, inside out at 60 degrees. Linen products can be spin-dried on the gentle cycle; do not tumble dry. Linen is best ironed when slightly damp. Do not bleach.


The Spira linen has a beautiful look and feel. Slubs and nubs are an inherent quality of linen and are not considered flaws. Nubs of fibre are not always removed during pretreatment but come off later, after the printing process, and may leave a white dot on the fabric. Wash at 40°C with similar colours inside out. Before washing in machine wet the product. Do not tumble dry or bleach. Hot iron.


Hand washing
Soak fabric in a solution of 1/4 cup mild soap per gallon of lukewarm water. Use a sponge or a soft bristle brush as necessary. Rinse thoroughly to remove all soap residue. Air dry.

Machine washing
Machine wash in cold water. Depending on wash load size, use normal amounts of mild laundry detergent and add 1 cup of bleach. Allow fabric to air dry.

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Laminates (PU coating fused by heat on regular Cotton Sheeting)
These fabrics are cotton printed fabrics with Polyurethane coating. 
- No Formaldehyde, No Lead. 
- NO PFOS (PerFluoroOctane Sulfonates) 
- NO PFOA (PerFluoroOctanioc Acid)

No iron. No chlorine bleach. No tumble dry. Do not machine wash.

Regular cotton and Heavy Oxford
Wash in cold water. Tumble dry low. Iron OK.


Cotton Velvet is a natural product and being a pile fabric it will always bruise or flatten. Brushing your hand across the fabric, moving it and pressing on it will leave a mark and then when brushed in the right direction it will return to its natural state.

When the Cotton Velvet is made up for curtains or upholstery is will adopt its own unique appearance after some time due to the gravity and humidity of its surroundings.

This fabric is 80% Cotton, 11% Polyamid, 9% Polyethylene.
This fabric is suitable for accessories, cushions, drapery and residential heavy duty upholstery (50,000 martindale cycle rub test results).
Curtain Recommendations
It is important to have the pile upwards for cotton velvets as this will give a deeper and fuller colour and any pile disturbance will disappear more quickly as the pile relaxes. It is recommended to line velvet curtains to prevent pile loss and fading through sunlight.

Always use a pull cord or a rod/wand to open and close your velvet curtains as hand contact will bruise and crush the texture of the velvet and eventually you will be able to see hand prints where you grab the curtains.
When hanging velvet curtains – it is recommended that they be drawn across and sprayed with a fine water mist to just dampen the fabric. Leave to dry and do not touch during the drying period. After drying most creases and marks will have dropped out and the pile will have lifted – it will then continue to improve due to the atmospheric conditions.
Cleaning Recommendations
Do not bleach, do not iron, do not tumble dry, do not machine wash. Recommended for a gentle dry cleaning cycle.


It is a common misconception that linen needs specialist care. This couldn’t be further from the truth. Made from the fibers of the flax plant, linen has been cultivated and used as a textile for thousands of years, long before the existence of dry cleaners or detergents.  Linen becomes softer and more absorbent after each wash, which is pretty neat. Wash linen on low temperatures in lukewarm or cold water. Washing will soften and beautify it, giving it a lovely ‘lived-in’ look. Hand wash separately to avoid colour runs. Try to rinse or soak any stains immediately. Cover red wine stains with sugar or salt instantly to avoid permanent staining. Sugar and salt are well-known for absorbing the moisture. Just wipe the sugar off the tablecloth straight away and it should take the worst of the wine stain with it. Leave to air dry naturally, tumble drying is not recommended. Please seek specialist care when washing linen curtains/blinds.