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Caring For Your Clothing

By possessing a variety of materials in your wardrobe, you can stay fashion forward and on top of the on-going trends. In order to take care of your various garments and fabrics, it is important to know how the different materials behave when being cleaned. Not all garments can survive a cycle in the washing machine or dryer. These guidelines can make your clothes last longer and stay stronger.

Cotton

This is one of the most popular fabrics used in garments because not only is it comfortable to wear but it also creates an easy garment to keep clean. Cotton can be washed in a machine at even the hottest of temperatures, detergent can be used, and even bleach as needed.

Cotton can crease easily but an iron on the highest heat is still safe to use on this fabric and ironing the garment whilst slightly damp makes the process easier.  

Polyester/Polycotton

These items can be easily washed and dried in a machine. However, before machine washing, check the care label to be sure the specific garment does not need to be dry-cleaned. If the item can be washed, use warm water and fabric softener. Dry the garment on a low temperature and use a moderately warm iron if needed. If washed on too high a temperature creasing of the material will occur.

Wool

Once a wool garment is worn, such as a suit, jacket, or trousers, it should be left on a quality hanger for 24 hours. Any wrinkles that were produced during the wear generally release by themselves if the garment is left hanging for a period of time. Spots and stains should be removed as soon as possible from wool garments with a brush or damp sponge. Suits,jackets,and trousers with wool in the fabric should only be dry-cleaned as and when necessary, and if they get wet, avoid direct heat to avoid shrinkage.

Other wool garments such as cardigans and jumpers may be able to be washed in a machine or by hand. Always check the care labels on the garments and wash on the correct cycle or if washing by hand use the correct detergent and water temperature. If wool needs to be ironed, only use the steam without touching the iron on the garment and try to steam it on the under-side of the fabric.

Nylon

This is a fabric that is easily maintained and cleaned. It can be washed in warm water and often tumble dryed. In order to reduce static electricity, add a fabric softener sheet to the drying cycle. 

Our suggestions for keeping your garments looking good for longer.

Caring for your clothes correctly by following the advice of the manufactures care label whatever the material will help prolong the life of the garment and keep them looking like new. Ironing on the reverse side of most fabrics will prevent heat marks appearing on the good side of the fabric.

Read Care Labels


Believe it or not, failure to follow the care instructions on clothing is the number one reason an item gets ruined in the wash or returned to the retailer.  These instructions are included by the manufacturer for a reason.  Here are some of the most common wash/dry instructions and how to apply them to your garment.

 

Machine Wash, Normal

Garment may be laundered through the use of hottest available water, detergent or soap, agitation, and a machine designed for this purpose.

Machine Wash, Cold

Initial water temperature should not exceed 30C or 65 to 85F.

Machine Wash, Warm

Initial water temperature should not exceed 40C or 105F.

Machine Wash, Hot

Initial water temperature should not exceed 60C or 140F.

Machine Wash, Hot

Initial water temperature should not exceed 95C or 200F.

Machine Wash, Permanent Press

Garment may be machine laundered only on the setting designed to preserve the Permanent Press, with cool down or cold rinse, prior to reduced spin.

Machine Wash, Gentle or Delicate

Garment may be machine laundered only on the setting designed for gentle agitation and/or reduced time for delicate items.

Hand Wash

Garment may be laundered through the use of water, detergent or soap and gentle hand manipulation.

Do Not Wash

Garment may not be safely laundered by any process. Normally accompanied by Dry Clean instructions.

Tumble Dry, Normal

A machine dryer may be regularly used at the hottest available temperature setting.

Tumble Dry, Normal, Low Heat

A machine dryer may be regularly used at a maximum of Low Heat setting.

Tumble Dry, Normal, Medium Heat

A machine dryer may be regularly used at a maximum of Medium Heat setting.

Tumble Dry, Normal, High Heat

A machine dryer may be regularly used at a High Heat setting.

Do Not Tumble Dry

A machine dryer may not be used. Usually accompanied by an alternate drying method symbol.

Do Not Wring

Do Not Wring.

Iron, Any Temperature, Steam or Dry

Regular ironing may be needed and may be performed at any available temperature with or without steam is acceptable.

Iron, Low

Regular ironing, steam or dry, may be performed at Low setting (110C, 230F) only.

Iron, Medium

Regular ironing, steam or dry, may be performed at Medium setting (150C, 300F).

Iron, High

Regular ironing, steam or dry, may be performed at High setting (200C, 290F).

Do Not Iron

Item may not be smoothed or finished with an iron.

Dryclean

Dry Clean, any solvent, any cycle any moisture, any heat.

Do Not Dryclean

Garment may not be commercially drycleaned.

 

Hang Clothes to Dry

On dry and fine days hang washing outdoors for drying.  During cold months, hang them by hanger in an area of your home where air is free flowing for quick drying. Hanging clothes to dry also helps prevent shrinking.

Don't Wash Clean Clothes
If you wear a garment for a only a few hours and it still appears clean and smells fresh, there's no need to wash it again. Wear an item a couple of times before washing to preserve its life.

Take Immediate Action
If a garment becomes stained with food or drink clean immediately. Leaving the garment without treating the stain will allow the stain to settle into the material making it more difficult to remove with washing. This especially applies to grease and coloured  drinks. Try wearing an apron when preparing and cooking greasy food.

Buy Fabrics that are Durable
If you have a choice, buy fabrics that are naturally durable and require very little care.Some fabrics are more durable than others. A cotton/polyester blend is easier to care for and tends to last longer than pure cotton fabrics. Rayon/polyester is more durable than pure rayon. Acrylics, silk, acetate and suede require more detailed care or dry cleaning. Materials that are difficult to care for are often neglected, especially when you're very busy.

Avoid Bleaching when Possible
 The harsh ingredients in bleach together with your normal detergent can cause clothing to become worn. 

Starch as Needed
Starch only those garments that need stiffening for appearance. The tiny crystals left in the material as a result of starching can cause the garment to wear out .

Sewing Buttons
Sewing on buttons and making small fabric repairs to your garments  can prolong the life of your clothes.

 

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