We all have a favorite sweater or that perfect pair of pants, but eventually clothes wear out and become damaged. You may be ruining your clothes without even realizing it, so we put together 5 helpful tips for preserving your clothes. Following this advice is sure to extend the life of your clothes and keep them in the best condition possible.
1. Wash your clothes less frequently
No one is arguing that you shouldn’t wash your clothes, but many garments can be worn multiple times before they need to be washed. Throwing clothes in the washer is so easy, many people don’t stop to think about whether or not their clothes really need it yet. Washing too frequently can cause clothes to stretch out and fade in color, and that blouse you wore for 2 hours at dinner is probably good to go for another wear. When your clothes are ready to be washed, using cold water is a great way to continue to preserve color and fibers of the clothing. As an added bonus, washing less frequently will use less water and energy.
2. Hang dry your clothes
When you are done washing your clothes, throwing them in the dryer is the next logical step. However, it turns out that hanging your clothes up to dry can actually be the better way to go. Hanging to dry is much more gentle on the fabric. Avoiding the dryer will also mean you can stop worrying about shrinkage of your favorite items. Some garments will specify on the tag that they should be line dried. Other items take some judgement to determine if hanging to dry is the best option. A how-to guide on hanging types of clothes is available here.
3. Properly store your garments
You want to keep the location of your clothes in mind. Whether it be hanging in your closet or in boxes in the attic, be aware of the characteristics of the room. Too much sunlight can sun damage your clothes and cause color fading. A humid storing space will wreak havoc on your clothes, causing damage to fabric, and even the spread of bacteria. You also want your clothes to be able to breathe, so do not overcrowd your closet, and make sure any clothing you have wrapped or boxed up gets a chance to breathe from time to time. Storing your clothes in a low-light, uncrowded, dry space is a great way to extend the life of your clothes and prevent damage.
4. Fold your sweaters
You may have never given a second thought to hanging sweaters up in your closet. It might seem like no problem, but hanging up sweaters can stretch out the fabric. Folding sweaters will keep them in the desired shape and fit, especially around the shoulders and collar, ready to be worn again and again. This rule also applies to denim, which will stretch when hung up. It is also best to fold any other kind of knitted clothing, or any item that you are worried about stretching out.
5. Treat stains ASAP
Reacting to stains as quickly as you can after they occur is crucial. Leaving the substance on your clothing for too long may cause it to settle and will greatly decrease your chances of removing the stain. When it comes to removing specific types of stains, stay tuned for more blog posts in the coming weeks. A new series of stain removal tips and techniques is starting here on our website. Leave a comment for which stains you want to see highlighted on our blog
In the meantime, remember these tips when caring for your clothes. You can easily extend the life of your clothing, saving you money and keeping your favorites around even longer. Wash your clothes less often and in cold water. After washing, consider hang drying your most delicate items. Prevent stretching by folding sweaters and jeans, and store them in a dark, dry space. Be mindful of these clothing care tips in your daily life, and extending the life of your items will be a breeze.