Take Care of Your Garments
Different materials in your wardrobe require different care. Lumping everything together will lead to a total disaster when you pull your clothes out of the dryer to discover that your jumper has shrunk two sizes and your lovely white sundress has turned a horrible shade of bubblegum pink. Although it’s tempting to cut corners when it comes to, taking the time to do it properly is well worth the effort. After all, your clothing represents a significant financial, time, and creative investment.
We understand that the textiles in your wardrobe, from cotton to silk, require special attention. Well, you can keep your clothes looking great by following these fabric collection care techniques for washing, drying, and stain removal. Follow the basic laws of laundering to receive wonderfully clean, vivid clothing after each wash.
Acetate blends clean up nicely, however, they are colour transfer sensitive. Check the care label before washing acetate-fibre clothes in cold water. Twisting, wringing, and heat can all cause acetate to break down. Acetate mixes should be hand-washed, and machine-washable clothes should be washed on a mild cycle. Use a low-heat setting while ironing acetate clothes. While the majority of acetate goods must be dry-cleaned, some can be hand-washed in lukewarm water. And while the collection of fabric is still damp, iron it. Use a low-temperature setting to press the inside of the garment. And when ironing the outside, use a pressing cloth.
Cotton is a popular fabric collection for comfortable, adaptable clothes all across the world. Unless the cloth has been preshrunk or processed, cotton fibres will shrink, so start with the care label. Preshrunk cotton goods can be washed in hot, warm, or cold water, depending on the colour of the garment and the care label instructions. If the care labels agree, use chlorine bleach to white cotton wash loads to remove stains; non-chlorine bleach made for coloured garments can brighten coloured cotton. Cold-water washing will keep the vibrancy of brilliantly coloured shirts and protect the deep colour of cotton pants. Cotton clothes should be dried at a lower temperature and removed from the dryer while still warm to avoid shrinkage.
Check the care label on linen garments to see if they need to be dry-cleaned. If the clothing is machine washable, follow the manufacturer’s recommendations and use water that matches the colour of the garment. Because linen absorbs more water than other textiles during the washing process, avoid overcrowding in the washer and dryer. Iron linen from the inside out with a hot iron setting and steam. Never wash linen clothing at a temperature higher than 60 degrees Celsius; you risk premature wear if you do. Colours should be kept separate from light, white linens. Dyes can easily seep through pure white linen and destroy it. Before laundry, use a non-bleach stain remover. Bleach weakens fabric fibres and ruins coloured garments.
Polyester, the “miracle textile” of the previous century, produces garments that are vibrant, durable, and easy to care for. The majority of polyester materials can be machine washed in warm water but read the care labels carefully. Polyester fabric collection should be tumble dried on low heat. To avoid creases and static buildup, remove them from the dryer while they’re still somewhat damp. If you must iron, do it on a low setting since polyester will melt if you use a hot iron. Take a look at the label. Polyester products can usually be machine washed and dried. If air-drying is recommended, check the label. If necessary, touch up with a cool — never hot — iron.
This natural fibre is one of the world’s oldest garment materials, being soft, robust, and shiny. When cleaning silk garments, follow the instructions on the garment labels. Some silk can be washed by hand or machine but it’s also possible that dry cleaning is required. “Dry-clean only” indicates that the collected fabric or construction will not withstand washing. For hand-washable silk materials, mild baby shampoo is an excellent choice. The natural protein will be cleansed, and the fibre will be revitalized. Roll the item in a towel to absorb excess moisture before hanging it to dry. Silk apparel should never be ironed since it will burn the fabric. Drying silk in the dryer is not recommended. Professional dry-cleaning improves the appearance of most garments.
Wool is a particularly sensitive fabric, so handle it with caution. Avoid numerous washings, as this will reduce the life of your wool garments and prematurely wear down the fabric. Before washing with soapy water, soak the wool in cold water. This will aid in the prevention of shrinking. It’s also better to hand wash wool products if at all possible. To get the cloth clean and fresh, use a wool detergent developed specifically for it.
It is also recommended to dry clean your wool once in a while. Remove surface soil using a brush or damp cloth in between dry cleanings. Hang the item on a padded hanger in a steamy bathroom to refresh it; the moisture will help the garment shed creases. Use steam in an up-and-down motion while touching up with an iron, rather than sliding the iron along with the collected fabric.
When cleaning cashmere, use caution because it is sensitive and easily damaged. Before starting the washing cycle, gently place your goods inside a pillowcase or special bag to protect them. This will keep the fabric collection from being agitated by your washer’s quick rotation. To clean cashmere, use a wool-washing detergent or a mild, diluted soap. Tumble drying should be avoided at all costs. Instead, hang cashmere to dry on flat towels. Before washing cashmere, make sure to read the care label. Rinse until the water runs clear after gently squeezing the water through the clothes. Do not wring or twist the towel. Remove any excess water by squeezing it out and lay flat on a towel to dry, away from direct sunshine or heat.
The majority of acrylic knit items can be laundered in the washing machine. Check the label for the appropriate drying choice. When reshaped and dried flat, some knits hold their shape the best.
When it comes to rayon apparel, make sure to read the care label. Use lukewarm water and a light detergent to wash. When washing clothes in the machine, use the gentle cycle and remove articles as soon as possible. Do not wring or twist the garment when hand-washing. Roll the item with a towel to absorb any excess moisture before drying. To dry, lay flat. To keep the collected fabric from turning glossy, iron it while it’s still damp and inside out. When ironing the correct side of the garment, use a pressing cloth. Purchasing pressing cloths is an option, but you can also use something as simple as a piece of white cotton fabric.
A touch of stretch makes clothing fit and feel better. Enter spandex, an elastic fibre now incorporated in small amounts in many types of fabric to add stretch and comfort. While spandex is hand- or machine-washable, avoid hot water and chlorine bleach. Both will damage the spandex fibres. Unless care labels provide otherwise, hang spandex garments to dry to keep the garment’s flexibility, and avoid machine drying or you can just use a moderate temperature setting while machine-drying. The heat of the dryer can cause some spandex-blends to pucker or bubble. If ironing is necessary, press the item quickly with a warm iron.
Taking care of your garments is not just a one-time action that you want to do out of courtesy. It is important to be fully aware of what fabric our garments are made of and take time to use the proper care for this kind of fabric. After all, we invested our time and effort to purchase these things and thus, we must do something to make them last. If you’re looking for more affordable fabrics online, see our sample book here!
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