How To Care For Your Clothes
Buying quality clothing is important but nothing will replace taking the right kind of care of your fabrics if you want them to last longer. In this article, I answer all of your burning clothing care questions.
Fold or hang?
Fold the clothes you don't wear very often but do so inside out to protect the outer layer from dust and rubbing over other clothes
Hang what you wear the most often and the clothes that need to keep their shape such as blazer jackets, trousers, Dresses.
Here the choice of the hanger material is extremely important. Cheap ones (like the wire or plastic hangers) will over time damage your clothes and change their shape.
I recommend using the coated ones or the chunky wooden ones.
Use anti-dust bags. See our see-through Closet Dust Protection Bags options if your closet isn't exposed directly to the sun lights. This way you will know directly what is inside without having to open them.
If the sun hit directly on your closet then go for the non-see-through woven bags as they will keep the sun from damaging the fabric color
Learn to use your washing and drying machine. That includes ensuring that you do the proper maintenance of these appliances and that the water that runs through is good. (not containing limestone or excess of bleach)
Some delicate will always have a longer life span if you hand wash them as opposed to throwing them in your washing machine.
Half dry the delicate fabrics then place them on a hanger and let them continue to dry there. This will imitate the wrinkles so you force less on the heat of the iron later.
Learn to iron your clothes the right way
This step is crucial to get your clothes looking like new. The last thing you want is to burn the material or leave and streak mark on the fabric.
If like me you just hate ironing then opt for a steamer. There are small portable ones that don't break the bank and are super useful. The bonus of a steamer is that it helps in removing any odors from your clothes in a matter of a few minutes.
Repair the damages:
Sometimes due to excessive wear or bad washing, you will have to repair the materials and remove bu
Always read the care labels sewn in by the clothing manufacturers, they are made to guide you in caring for them.
I often hear the questions around bleach and when is it safe to use or how.
Let's make things simple bleach should only be used on white materials and absolutely no colors.
Bleach is a great product to use to restore the brightness of white-colored materials. Over time and depending on how you wash your clothes, white turns yellow-ish or gray-ish. That's where it's a good option to use bleach on them.
Make sure that the material isn't a delicate one. Cotton reacts well to bleach and it should ALWAYS be diluted. Think 1/3 of bleach and 2/3 of cold water. Sink in the material and leave it for a few hours. Then rinse thoroughly before washing it as you do usually.
Some of your clothes are reserved for the dry clean such as your suits, most of Party dresses, or some of your delicate material shirts. Simply follow what the labels say here again.
If like me you have a lovely fur friend around the house then you know how difficult it can be to manage their fur shedding everywhere and sticking to your clothes. That on the top as usual dust around the house; especially in areas like closets.
For this, you can use a sticky lint roller. Other alternatives are clothes brushes, rubber gloves, scrubbing sponges, tape, or simply wet your hand and rub off the hair off the material.
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