Wash & Repair
When we select materials and develop products, it is always with quality and durability in mind.
Sometimes, however, children's imagination and use can surprise, and even the best produced wintersuits and thermal jackets cannot hold up to everything.
But we put a lot of effort into our product quality, and in addition to laboratory tests, all new products are tested by real children - on real playgrounds.
Below you will find tips and tricks on how you can care for and repair your VER de TERRE products so that they last longer.
We hope you will use it if the accident is over.
If the damage is of such a nature that you cannot repair it yourself, do not hesitate to contact us.
We are always ready to help, so that we can take care of our resources together.
CARE: CORRECT WASH AND CARE
The outerwear keeps the dear little ones dry and warm while exploring the muddy forest floor, playing in the sandbox, expeditions in rainy weather and much more. In order for it to retain its waterproof, water-repellent and warming properties, it must be well cared for. Read how here:
- Always follow the washing instructions. It has been developed specifically for your product and its material composition.
- Wash as little as possible. Washing wears out the treatment of the outerwear, and you can usually make do with a wet cloth.
- Do not use fabric softener. It can destroy the waterproof membrane/treatment.
- Use a special detergent suitable for outerwear, preferably something with fluoride-free impregnation. It maintains the water-repellent/sealing effect.
- Turn inside out when washing. In this way, you wear less on the outer fabric.
- Close zippers, buttons and Velcro before washing. Then it does not damage the other things in the washing machine.
- Empty your pockets for exciting finds from the forest trip or the beach. It is embarrassing to discover that you have washed the nice jacket with stones or pine cones.
- Avoid hanging the outerwear in the drying cabinet. Not all outerwear can withstand the high temperatures.
- Wash at low heat. We recommend 30 degrees. It is better for the environment and for the product and its lifespan.
- Hang wet clothes to dry inside out, immediately after washing. If the clothes are left wet for too long, you may run the risk of them starting to smell bad.
ATTENTION! Down jackets are best dried in the tumble dryer with laundry balls. 2-3 clean tennis balls can also be used. The process is often longer than expected, as the down must be thoroughly dried. It may also be necessary to shake and loosen lumpy down. Set aside 2-3 hours.
Wool has many wonderful properties. It is temperature-regulating, easily absorbs sweat from hot afternoon naps and wild play, and is self-cleaning. But wool is also a sensitive material that must be treated properly in order to maintain its fine properties. Read how here:
- Only wash wool when it is visibly dirty. Wool is self-cleaning and wears out when washed, so limit washing to when absolutely necessary.
- Regularly hang your woolen product outside for ventilation. It does the wool good, and will help it feel fresh for longer.
- Always wash on a wool programme. It protects your beautiful product as best as possible.
- Always use detergent specifically developed for wool. It maintains its properties and keeps it soft and flexible.
- Do not use fabric softener. It destroys the soft and self-cleaning fiber.
- Do not overfill the washing machine. While this may seem the smartest thing to do, it can put unnecessary wear and tear on your product.
- Turn inside out when washing. In this way, you wear less on the outside, which is the one we look at the most anyway.
- Close zippers and buttons. Then it does not damage the other things in the washing machine.
- Please store your woolen products folded or rolled. Then they keep their shape best.
- Buy an electric lint remover and give the products a whirl from time to time. It can help your woolen products retain their new look.
REPAIR: REPAIR OF SMALL DAMAGES
If you have a hole in your clothes, you can choose to close it with a patch.
When you have to sew the patch on, you can choose to make it as neutral as possible or go all in on the motif/creativity. Eg. are some options:
Fabric of similar quality. Fabric of a completely different quality. Sewing and ironing marks. Rainwear patches.
If you've got a small hole in a piece of outerwear where you want to ensure that the waterproofing is maintained, we recommend self-adhesive rainwear patches, which can be bought in a fabric/sewing accessory shop. These are patches of waterproof material that can be cut to the desired size. The patch is attached to the back for a nicer finish, and the glue is fixed according to instructions.
In the case of larger holes, we recommend that you put a patch over the crack on the back of the fabric, by opening a small piece in the lining in the sleeve/leg seam and thereby being able to access the back of the fabric. Then zig-zag over the tear from the outside and put an additional patch over the stitching on the back to make the crack waterproof again after stitching.
If you have a hole in a knitted product, it is important that you sew the hole together. The coarser the knitting, the easier it is to pick up the stitches. Make sure to attach the ends of the yarn/thread you use to the wrong side of your garment.
If you need to close a hole in a seam, it is recommended that you first remove the thread. There are many different ways to sew a hole and there is also a lot of help available online.
1. Start by folding the fabric over so that the edges lie as they should after sewing.
2. Fasten the thread on the back and then start sewing alternately through one side and the other. Insert the entire t needle in the opposite side directly opposite. Make the stitches with approx. 0.5 cm gap. The smaller the stitch, the less visible and stronger it will be.
3. Insert the needle at the same distance from the edge.
4. Tighten the thread along the way, but make sure there is room for the last stitches.
5. Pull the needle to the back and fasten.
1. Start by laying out the fabric right sides together.
2. Sew up and down through your fabrics with regular stitches. These must have a gap of approx. 0.5 cm.
We always send extra snaps with our products. These can be taken to the shoemaker or one of our dealers who can help replace the snap button. You are also welcome to contact us.
To be able to secure the button's position more easily, you must start by sewing a small cross where the button is to be placed. Try as best as possible to make the cross so that it matches the holes in the button.
You are now ready to attach the button itself. Sew a cross over the button 5-6 times.
ATTENTION! Be careful not to move the button to get the needle from the back up - instead move the needle so the button stays in place.
You are now ready to finish the stitching. Wrap the thread around the button a few times and fasten by making a loop where you pull the thread through to secure.
If your buttons are not sewn in with a cross, you of course choose the pattern that fits.
If you cannot repair the damage yourself, we encourage you to return the product to your local tailor so that the product can be as good as new again.
If you have any questions or need further guidance, you are always welcome to reach out. We are ready to help.