We all love to have so many clothes! But what’s most fascinating is the fact that even when you wear old clothes, people think it’s new and admire you for your looks! That is even more amazing, right! None of your clothes get old or worn out, and that is why whenever you wear any of your dress after a long, long time, it’s new for the rest of the world! Yes, that does sound great! But the question now arises; How to take care of your clothes that they never get old?! Well, that is something we are here to answer today! In this article, we will share a complete and a most comprehensive guide on how to care for your clothes so that they stay same forever! We will share some very amazing tips regarding how to wash, iron and keep your clothes safe so that they never get old, and you can wear them for the longest time! We know this sounds amazing, so let’s get started and read till the end to learn everything about it!
Sorting and washing of clothes:
Before getting started, there is something you need to know! If you want to prolong the life of your clothes, make sure you sort your laundry before putting them into the washing machine. Now the question arises; How to sort the clothes before washing? This is simple. Sort out the clothes according to the color, material and the washing instructions. Same kind of material with similar color and similar washing instructions must be washed together. This is important because some fabrics e.g. silk is very delicate and has to be taken care of. So if you sort out the clothes at the very beginning, the rest of it becomes easy!
Also it is important to wash the same kind of colors together because for example if you wash something light with the dark color, there are changes that the dark color gets onto the lighter color dress and your dress might get ruined! Nobody really wants that, so taking these little steps can actually save you from a lot of trouble!
Drying of clothes:
It is always better to let the clothes dry in the natural sunlight. Just after you have done washing, you can hang the clothes immediately and let them air dry in their natural time. Once dry, take them off as soon as possible and make sure you do not keep them in the strong sunlight for too long, as this may fade the color of the fabric.
Each type of fabric has a specific ironing temperature at which it must be ironed. If we use too much heat on the delicate fabric like silk, we may end up ruining our clothes. So it is always safe to iron each fabric on its recommended temperature. Here are some of the recommendation temperature settings of a few fabrics:
- Linen: 230 degrees
- Cotton: 204 degrees
- Wool: 148 degrees
- Triacetate: 200 degrees
- Polyester: 148 degrees
- Silk: 148 degrees
- Nylon: 135 degrees
- Acrylic: 135 degrees
You can also use a steamer to iron your clothes which uses steam to straighten the wrinkles and thus save the fabric from direct heat. It is always better to hang the clothes after wearing them once and using them 2-3 times before washing or ironing them again. This saves a lot of time, and even increases the life of the fabric.
Storing clothes properly:
Lastly, if you know how to store your clothes properly, you can actually make them last for years (or even forever). For proper storage, it is important that you invest in some good hangers. We always recommend wooden hangers or the ones with the plush arms rather than the plastic hangers because they keep the garment intact and it retains its shape in the longer run. For trousers, you can use the clamp hangers to hang them from the waistband.
For the heavy jumpers especially the woolen ones, hanging them on a hanger is not a good choice because they might stretch out and loose shape. For them, it is always recommended to fold hem neatly and place in your closet. This will keep them in shape and you will also get a lot of space to hang your other clothes.
Another thing you must also take care of is that your closet must always be dry, clean and free from moisture. Remember moisture can allow molds to grow on the clothes and you don’t want that!
Okay, so now that you know that basics of how to take care of your clothes, let’s go through some of the basic fabric types so that you can learn more about each type in detail:
Shirts and Tops:
- Washing: Sort out all the shirts according to their color and make sure to wash white with whites and the darker ones separately. Use cold water to wash them and dry according to the instructions on the label. Use a soft detergent and make sure you wash the collar area and the cuffs properly as these are the areas with most of the hard stains.
- Ironing: Make sure you avoid completely dry ironing. It is always better to iron the shirt while it is still slightly wet. This will even make the ironing easier and reduces the impact of direct heat on the fabric.
- Storage: Fold it neatly from the middle and make sure there are no wrinkles. You can use the plastic or cardboard band in which the shirt was delivered to keep it intact and maintain the shape.
Pants and Bottoms:
- Washing: Pants, often the dark colored ones, do not get dirty so quickly. So make sure you use them a couple of times before washing. For washing the pants and the bottoms, use cold water and add a soft detergent. Set the machine on delicate or normal depending on the fabric type. For drying, put them in the dryer until damp. Then let them air dry for a few minutes before ironing.
- Ironing: Iron your pants when they are slightly moist and hang them on a hanger so that its easier to find one when you are getting dressed.
- Storage: We always suggest to keep same types of bottoms on one side eg the denims together on one side and the light weight pants on the other side. This way you would exactly where to find them when needed and your wardrobe will look much more organized.
- Washing: It is always recommended to treat the delicates with great care. It is better to hand wash them instead of using a machine. Use cold water and a soft detergent to clean the garment. Once done, gently squeeze out the excess water and let them air dry.
- Ironing: To iron them, read the instructions given on the label. It is always better to steam iron the delicate clothes or you can iron at a very low temperature to avoid the fabric from damage.
- Storage: Label a separate drawer in your cupboard for the delicates and keep them there. Make sure that the portion is dry and free from moisture. Fold and place them neatly so that you know exactly where to find them when needed.
Well, it is all about it! We have made sure to cover it all for you, so now you know exactly how to take care of your clothes and keep them safe so that you can use them for years and years. So just start following these tips from right now and you’d be amused to see how much difference these little things make! Cheers!