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 A Guide to Fabric Types and Care

Have you been relying on laundry labels in order for you to know how you should wash, clean or store the different types of fabric in your wardrobe? If your answer is yes, you are not alone. Many people lack the basics when it comes to these things, and it is imperative that you know them sooner, rather than later.

Why Does Fabric Need Proper Care?

Well, cleanliness is second to Godliness; we all know that, but did you know that cleaning your clothes isn’t just about being godly? When you take good care of your clothes, you not only look better, but you also prolong their lifespan, thus save a ton of money as compared to purchase new ones.

You do not have to waste your time and money shopping for new clothes while taking care of your old ones will do. It is, therefore, important for you to familiarise yourself with the appropriate methods of washing, drying and storing your clothes, as this will not only make them look better, but it will also extend their lives.

How to wash Properly your Clothes

There are various steps that you need to take when washing clothes. They include:

  • Sort your laundry, which involves separating whites and colored clothes, grouping heavy lines and towels, grouping delicates, setting cold-wash and dry-clean clothing aside, etc.
  • Review cleaning instructions for your laundry to see if there is any special care needed for the clothes.
  • Understand that there are certain types of clothes or fabrics that cannot be washed at home. Check for those clothes that are marked “Dry clean only” and take them to professional dry cleaners.

How to dry Properly your Clothes

After the washing machine is done, you will need to sort out your clothes again. You have to separate those clothes that can be dried by an automatic drier from those that benefit from manual drying. The most recommended drying method is by sunlight as it serves as a natural disinfectant and is also economical as well.

How to store Properly your Clothes

To prevent your clothes from creasing, it is more advisable to hang them. It is highly advised that you used appropriately sized hangers. As for those clothes that do not crease easily, you can fold them and store them in a spacious wardrobe. Taking care of your clothes doesn’t stop when you store them, no. You will need to consider using pest deterrents and airing your clothes out from time to time. This is especially for those clothes that you rarely wear.

Other Helpful Tips that Help Make Clothes Last Longer

  • Address stains and spills as soon as they occur.
  • Wear protective clothing such as an apron when cleaning, cooking or gardening, etc.
  • Instead of pulling loose threads and strings, it’s more advisable to snip them.
  • Don’t mix two different stain removal products when washing clothes.