“…clothes play a vital role in projecting our image role in projecting our image to the outside world.”
Clothes! Clothes! Clothes!!!! Whether they come in cotton, polyester, leather, suede, or wool, you name it: we all have them, we all love them and they play a vital role in projecting our image to the outside world. It then becomes imperative that you take good care of your clothes. If not, even the most beautiful and expensive clothing will look hacked in no time and project a negative image about you. Therefore, you should understand that how you are for your garment will affect the life span of your clothes tremendously. You can also save money on future clothing purchases by taking the proper measures to care for your clothes. The good news is that taking care of you clothes doesn’t have to cost you a fortune. Let’s start with suit:
Suit made of wool fabrics:
Hang the suit inside out in an airy place after wearing it. If not the sweat gathered on the garment will attract certain insects and mites that harm woolen fabrics.
These suits shouldn’t be washed; thus they need to be dry cleaned. Dry cleaning should be handled by professionals. Otherwise the chemicals and equipment used in the cleaning process could harm the fabric fade the color.
Suits made of poly-wool fabrics:
Suits of this fabric require professional dry cleaning and shouldn’t be wash. However, they are easier to take care of, since fabric does not get damaged as easily as woolen fabrics. Certain garments manufactured of poly-wool fabrics which bear the wool rich label contain over 80% wool. These garments too should be treated similar to wool, in order to maintain them in best quality.
Suits made of linen
They too should be dry-cleaned. However certain linen suits manufactured without lining, which are called summer suits, could be washed mildly, though dry-cleaning is again the best option.
Moving on to trousers, it should be kept in mind that wool and poly-wool trousers should not be hand washed and should be professionally dry-cleaned. Other types of trousers could be hand washed
Most shirts can be washed. However, it is ideal to dry clean if the premium qualities of such shirts are those of the cotton 100/2 category and silk shirts.
Ironing of shirts & other garments
When ironing shirts, special attention should be given to the collar. The fused collars may get damaged due to high temperature and excess force.
Washed shirts should not be rolled up and stacked together. Instead, they should be kept on hangers. This will prevent wrinkling of the garment to great extent and make ironing easy.
Using high temperature and excess force on the garment to get rid of wrinkles and creases will definitely harm the fabric and discolor it. You can avoid this by laying a clean piece of cloth or white handkerchief on top of the garment and iron thereafter. This may not be necessary if the iron has protective guard. Keep in mind to turn shirts inside out if they have any prints on them.
Care of ties
Ties should be dry cleaned at all times. It is important to dry clean the light colored ones regularly. Dark colored ones could be used more times before dry cleaning. However this also depends on whether you work in an office environment or on the field.
Care of denims and other casuals
Denims and other casual pants can be washed. Denims should not be washed with other clothes as their color bleeds.
Care of undergarments
Undergarments are best hand-washed. If you have to use the washing machine, set in “cool wash” as too much heat, can affect their fabric. As much as possible, avoid tumble drying as the heat and twisting may weaken the elasticity. Leave them to air dry.
General care tips
- When machine washing any type of garment, make sure to first turn it inside-out
- Attend to any stains on your clothes individually, prior to machine washing them
- Divide clothes into batches depending on whether they are of light, dark or white color as well as light or heavy weight, prior to machine washing them. Heavy garment may tend to cause harm to soft light weight garment while spinning in the washing machines.
- Also make sure to use the correct type of detergent and follow the instruction in the wash-care label of the garment carefully. Here are some of the most common wash/dry instructions and how to apply them to your garment.
- Machine wash (cool, warm or hot): wash the garment in your washing machine with the temperature of water the label recommends.
- Machine wash (normal, permanent press or delicate): wash in your washing machine with the type of cycles the label recommends.
- Hand wash: soak and scrub only by hand. Item is probably to delicate for harsh machine cycles. These items usually have to be laid out flat to dry also.
- Bleach (any, non-chlorine or no bleach): bleach according to the instructions. Some items might be too delicate for even non-chlorine bleaches.
- Tumble dry: dry in dryer with the setting on the label. Temperature and delicacy levels should be considered.
- Ironing: iron according to the instructions, steam or dry iron, and temperature setting should be considered. Many newer models of irons have setting labeled by the material type as wall.
- Dry clean: some materials are suitable for dry cleaning only, and some should not be dry cleaned. The label will usually show this. R.