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The way you wash and care for your clothes is very important. Proper Laundry and care method can extend the life of your clothes, preserve their color and texture, and ensure they look like new.
Today I want to share with you my clothing laundry and care tips, including care points for different types of clothing, as well as easy-to-use and inexpensive care tools.
1. Wool or cashmere sweater
Wool or cashmere fabrics have a soft and elastic texture, which are light and skin-friendly and are warm, making them a must-have in autumn and winter.
However, woolen clothing is delicate, and the general principle is to wash and care for it gently to maintain it in the best condition.
•Hand wash or dry clean at low temperature recommended.
•The water temperature should not be higher than 30 degrees Celsius. First add detergent to the water, then put the clothes in and soak them for 3 minutes.
•Knead gently with hands and rinse with water 2-3 times. Press gently to squeeze out the water, or put it into a fine mesh laundry bag and use the washing machine to spin at low speed.
•Wool fabric has strong water absorption and loose structure, so it needs to be laid flat to dry after cleaning. It is not suitable to hang, otherwise the clothes will be stretched by the gravity of the water. At the same time, avoid sunlight exposure.
•Use PH neutral detergent, such as laundry detergent, or special cashmere detergent if possible.
•Wool or cashmere clothing should not be washed frequently, otherwise it may cause lint loss, deformation, and loss of texture.
•It is recommended to wear it every other day to restore elasticity to the fiber and extend the life of the sweater.
•Slight pilling is normal for wool clothing. Daily friction with hard objects such as bags and belts should be avoided. If necessary, excess hair balls should be carefully trimmed off. You can also use wool ball trimmers, hair removal stones, etc.
2. Wool coat
The wool coat is thick and compact, and its smooth lines give people both style and warmth.
Wool coats are not suitable for washing, nor are they suitable for frequent dry cleaning. The key to maintaining cleanliness is daily care.
•Send it to a professional laundromat for dry cleaning (well, professionalism is important). It is recommended to dry clean after wearing it for the whole autumn and winter, store it in the wardrobe and wait for wearing it next year. If it is too dirty, consider increasing the frequency of dry cleaning.
•If the surface of the wool coat is stained with lint, hair and other fine debris, take out the clothing lint roller and roll it quickly once.
•If the wool coat has absorbed odor, you can hang it outside for ventilation, or you can spray it with professional clothing deodorizing spray to quickly eliminate the odor through sterilization, fragrance and other ingredients.
•If there are stains on the surface, clean them as soon as possible. Use a soft-bristled brush and towel to wipe with a local dry cleaning agent.
3. Jeans/denim jacket
Denim may fade or shrink to varying degrees during each washing process, which is normal. The friction, washing, and sun exposure during wearing make denim clothes undergo subtle changes every day, which is the most fascinating characteristic of raw cows.
Therefore, jeans should follow the principle of wearing them more and washing them less. If there are no obvious sweat stains or stains on daily life, you can continue to wear them. After all, the essence of jeans is their durability and ability to change with wear.
•Denim clothing should be washed separately from other clothing.
•Before washing and drying, turn denim clothes inside out to prevent a large amount of color from fading too quickly on the surface of the denim. After all, the layering of color that fades slowly is the best.
•Use little or no detergent. It is recommended to wash by hand, soak for a short time and turn it over. Try to avoid scrubbing.
•After washing, avoid twisting denim clothes. You can put them in the washing machine for dehydration. If they are rough, they can be hung to dry without dehydration. In fact, there is no problem.
•Many high-quality raw cows in modern times have strong stability and can be machine washed without serious fading or shrinkage. It is recommended to choose the fast program (washing time should be controlled within 30 minutes) to avoid long-term soaking and friction.
•After daily wear for a long time, you can use natural ultraviolet sterilization and disinfection. After turning it over, dry it in soft sunlight for a short time and ventilate it. Do not expose it to the sun to restore dryness and remove odor. You can also spray professional clothing deodorizing spray appropriately.
•If there are stains on the surface, clean them as soon as possible. You can use dry cleaning detergent and wipe with a towel, but avoid using too much force to cause the stain to fall off.
4. Down jacket
Many people think that down jackets need to be dry cleaned, but they are wrong! Chemical detergents used in dry cleaning will damage the warmth of the down stuffed inside, so down jackets need to be washed, but there is no need to wash them too frequently.
For down jackets, we recommend paying attention to daily maintenance and cleaning them once after the season changes.
•Down jackets should not be washed frequently. Most down jackets are made of high-density, easy-to-clean fabrics. Just wipe the surface with a damp cloth to keep it clean.
•If it is a relatively rough fabric, pay attention to local cleaning every day, and wipe stains with wet wipes or clothing dry cleaning agent as soon as possible.
•There is no problem in washing the whole piece again every 2 years. It needs to be washed separately to avoid long-term soaking. Dissolve the laundry detergent first, then put it into the down jacket, wash it by gently pressing it, and rinse it thoroughly with fresh water.
•Wrap the down jacket in a towel and press gently to drain the moisture. Do not use a washing machine to spin. There is a risk of the down jacket exploding when the washing machine is running at high speed.
•Lay it flat to dry in a ventilated place. Do not expose it to the sun to avoid accelerated aging of the surface fabric and filled down.
•After drying, pat gently to restore the fluffy and soft down, and store it in a fully dry state.
•A small amount of down may overflow from the stitching due to static electricity or friction during use. Do not pull when it overflows, please gently pull the velvet back in from the inside.
•Wrinkles will occur if kept in the storage bag for a long time. Unfold the down jacket and hang it on a hanger to reduce wrinkles.
The soft and dense fiber of flannel has a skin-friendly feel that is always unforgettable and makes you feel surrounded by warmth when you wear it. What’s more pleasing is that the delicate-looking flannel is very simple to care for, making it stress-free.
•Can be machine washed in a regular manner, but should not be soaked for a long time to avoid fading.
•Turn the clothes inside out before washing and put them in a fine mesh laundry bag to protect the soft brushed surface and avoid friction with other clothes.
•Flannel may have fluff and pilling due to friction. If necessary, use a pill trimmer to remove the pills.
6. Functional fabrics
In the past, many people believed that fabrics made of pure natural fibers were the best. However, the natural fabrics mentioned above faced some restrictions in washing and care. Some materials are more expensive and less likely to be washed.
In contrast, excellent functional fabrics can be skin-friendly and easy to care for, not to mention windproof, water-repellent, breathable and other functions for daily wear.
•Machine wash as usual and place to dry in a cool and ventilated place.
•Features such as water-repellent, breathable, and anti-wrinkle actually mean that functional fabrics do not require special care and can be worn and washed anytime. However, it should be noted that coated fabrics need to be washed less frequently to avoid coating function failure.
In addition, functional fabrics are not necessarily man-made fibers. They can be called functional fabrics if they are entirely made of man-made fibers, blended with natural fibers, or achieve superior performance through special weaving methods.
7. Useful laundry products
Finally, we share some useful products based on the various laundry and care suggestions shared earlier. This guide is perfect!
•ph neutral detergent
Neutral detergent is a general term for synthetic detergents that are neutral at standard usage concentrations. It refers to a detergent with a pH range of 6-8 at a standard usage concentration of 25°C. For example, the synthetic detergents used for clothing, silk, and wool are all neutral.
The neutral detergent we often say for clothing refers to a detergent with a pH value of around 7, mainly laundry detergent. There are also hand sanitizers, shampoos, and various washing supplies used for washing babies. They are all neutral detergents and do no harm to human skin.
There is a simple way to identify whether it is a neutral detergent. You can use a pH test paper to test it. If the color of the paper strip is consistent with 7 on the color plate, or between 6 and 8, it can be considered neutral.
Also,Try to avoid using washing powder or detergents containing bleaching ingredients.
•Anti-staining towel/color master sheet
When washing clothes in daily life, it is recommended to develop the habit of washing dark and light colors separately. If the clothes need to be mixed and washed or if you encounter clothes that are easy to fade, you can add an anti-stain towel and wash them together. The honeycomb network structure of the anti-dye towel can absorb water-soluble dyes. Depending on the number of clothes, put 2-3 pieces in the washing machine to avoid color cross-dying.
It is recommended to put knitted clothes, soft fabrics, easily deformed or pilling due to friction, into a laundry bag of appropriate size to avoid excessive pulling and friction by other clothes in the washing machine.
In conclusion, the right way to wash and care for your clothes can make your clothes last longer and look better. Following washing instructions, choosing the right detergent and paying attention to detail will ensure your clothes stay in the best condition possible.