Good clothes cost a lot of money, so you want to make them last for as long as possible in order to stretch your dollar further. You don’t need fancy fabric treatments or expensive professional cleaning in order to protect your clothes. In fact, all you need to do to safeguard your clothes is to simply launder them with care. Here is our top tips on how to protect your clothes while cleaning them.
Read the Labels
Different fabrics need to be laundered in different ways. By just following the fabric care tips recommended on a garment’s tag, you clothes will be looking better for longer. If you’re not someone with the patience for hand-washing or doing separate loads of delicate items, perhaps silk and cashmere are not for you. Here are some other basic fabric care suggestions: • Cotton: pre-soak in detergent before washing for easy removal of stains and avoid hot water and dryer temperatures. • Fine Cotton: hand wash with mild detergent on the delicate cycle. Line dry to prevent stretching, then air in dryer to restore softness. • Linen: hand wash or use the delicate cycle on your machine, rinse thoroughly and dry flat. Never use bleach as this weakens the natural fibres. • Rayon: check the label as most rayon garments require dry-cleaning or hand-washing. • Wool: pay careful attention to the care label before cleaning any wool garment. To refresh wool, simply hang in a steamy bathroom. When pressing, iron the reverse side using the steam setting on slightly damp fabric.
Sort Your Laundry
By sorting your laundry by type and colour, you are more likely to wash your clothes on the most suitable cycle and water temperature. Sorting your clothes means that you are also less likely to damage them. Use a mesh mag to further protect delicate garments such as lingerie. These laundry bags are also a great way to keep those tiny little baby clothes from disappearing in the washing.
You can protect your garments from further wear and tear in the washing machine by simply buttoning and zipping closed your garments. By doing so, they are less likely to snag other items in the load.
Don’t Overload Your Machine
While having a full machine is efficient from a power and water usage perspective, overloading your washer damages your clothing. When you cram too much into the machine, it doesn’t clean your clothes properly, and because they’re packed in so tightly they are rubbing together more which wears the fabric.
Limit Use of Detergent and Softener
More detergent means cleaner clothes, right? Wrong. In fact extra softer and detergent is more likely to settle back into the fabric, making your clothing feel stiff, look dull and may even irritate your skin. Try baking soda as a detergent booster instead. White vinegar also makes an excellent, odour free fabric softener.