Fabric Care - How to Keep Your Favorite Clothes SAFE!
We all do it. We throw our clothes into the hamper or the washing machine without ever looking at the care instructions. AM I RIGHT?? Time to put an end to that nonsense, y'all! Here are some instructions as to how to care for your boutique clothing so you won't have to give your favorite sweater to your 6 year old. Because let's be real- they just won't love it the way you do.
Common Fabrics & Their Care
Acetate: While most items that are made of acetate are dry-clean only, some may be hand-washed in lukewarm water. Do not twist the fabric and iron while the fabric is damp. Press the inside of the garment using a low-temperature setting. Use a pressing cloth when ironing the outside.
Acrylic knit: Most acrylic knit garments can be machine-washed. Woohoo! BUT, read the label, and check for the proper drying option. Some knits retain their shapes best if reshaped and dried flat!
Cashmere: Check the care label BEFORE laundering cashmere. To hand-wash, use a mild detergent or shampoo. Lightly squeeze the water through the garment, then rinse until the water runs clear. Do not wring or twist. Wring out excess water. To dry, lay flat on a towel- but keep away from sunlight or heat.
Cotton blend: Dry cotton-blend garments using your dryer's permanent-press or low-heat cycle, and remove immediately to reduce wrinkling. Touch up with a steam iron.
Linen: Most linen garments need to be dry-cleaned or hand-washed. Follow the instructions on the care label.
Nylon: Machine-wash nylon garments in warm water. Use a low-temperature setting when tumble-drying, and include a dryer sheet to reduce static electricity! If necessary, use a warm iron to press.
Polyester: Read the label. Usually polyester items can be machine-washed (cool) and dried (low). Check the label to see if air-drying is recommended, which most likely it will be. Touch up with a cool -- never hot -- iron, if necessary.
Rayon: For rayon clothing, read the label carefully. Launder in cool water and a mild detergent. When machine-washing, use the gentle cycle and quickly remove garments after washing. When hand-washing, do not wring or twist the garment. To dry, roll the item in a towel to squeeze out excess water. Lay flat to dry. Iron when still damp and with the garment inside out to prevent the fabric from becoming shiny. Use a pressing cloth when ironing the right side of the garment. Pressing cloths can be purchased, or you can use something as simple as a piece of white cotton fabric!
Silk: Dry cleaning may be required. Some silks are hand- or machine-washable. Air dry silk garments- do not machine dry them. But TBH, silk garments usually look best when professionally dry-cleaned!
Spandex: Use warm water when hand or machine-washing items spandex items. Line-dry or use a low temperature setting when machine-drying to preserve the elasticity of the garment.
Wool knit: Typically wool knits need to be dry-cleaned, but check the label for your particular item. If hand-washable, use cool water and a detergent for fine washables. Squeeze out excess water, then reshape and dry flat.
Wool (lined): Lined garments generally look best when professionally dry-cleaned once a season. Between dry cleanings, remove surface soil with a brush or damp cloth. Refresh the item by hanging it from a padded hanger in a steamy bathroom; moisture will help garment shed wrinkles! When touching up with an iron, use steam in an up-and-down motion (rather than sliding the iron along the fabric).
Hope this helps keep your clothing safe from harm. I've ruined a few too many of my favorite pieces so now I'm super careful to READ THE LABEL!