With proper care, the natural properties of cotton and alpaca wool fibers can be maintained for years, even decades.
Natural fibers such as pima cotton or baby alpaca do not absorb odors easily so it is not necessary to wash the garments every time you use them. Let the garments air out avoiding direct sunlight.
Here are some tips for your GENES knit to have a long life cycle:
Preferably, wash the garments by hand, with cold water and a mild soap. Do not let the fabric soak as this can cause the fibers to shrink. Squeeze out as much water as possible without twisting the garment. Avoid fabric softeners as this can dull the fibers. In case of using a washing machine, use it in a delicate wash cycle with mild soap, preferably natural.
So that the fabric does not lose its shape, if possible, put your garment to dry on a flat surface in a well-ventilated place avoiding direct sunlight.
Fold and store the fabrics in a clean and dry place, do not hang them as this can stretch the fiber and change the shape of the garment. Ideally, store alpaca garments in a cloth bag.
Because the fabrics are delicate, it is not uncommon for jewelry or even fingernails to pull the stitch. For this, we add a small amount of additional yarn next to the hang tag for small repairs.