Winter is undoubtedly the season for warmer clothes such as long coats, knitted scarves and cardigans. As stylish as they are, they are just expensive. Premium fabrics such as silk and wool that is used in the festive and winter season need more care than the daily kinds of cotton we wear.
Removing a stain from a knitted pullover can be quite a task. If you don’t wash it using the right method and technique, you may end up ruining it. Here is a list of tips to ensure that your woollens and silks lasts longer. Read on!
Don’t Let The Dust Accumulate
Do you keep your winter wear at the back of the closet only to take it out during winter season? Not maintaining it from time to time can lead to accumulation of dust.
Don’t keep it locked away for a long time. You don’t necessarily have to wash them every time, but you can use a soft bristle brush to keep your knits dust-free. You can also wrap them in a newspaper, replacing it every few months. This will prevent them from developing a stale odour.
Read The Washing Instructions Carefully
Every piece of clothing will have a label with washing instructions. Whether to wash them in the machine or not will depend on the type of fabric you buy.
For example, wool is to be hand-washed in cold water, as it tends to shrink in hot or cold water. You can use a mild detergent to wash your woollen sweater. For some personalized care for your clothes, you can shop for the Love & Care range such as the Soft Woolens Expert Care Wash Liquid Detergent or the Shining Silks Expert Care Wash Liquid Detergent.
Dry It On A Flat Surface
Getting the drying technique right is important. Drying delicate fabrics such as wool and silk out in direct sunlight can cause fading of colour. Also, hanging it may lead the wool or other stretchy fabrics to lose shape.
Dry the garment on a flat surface and do not keep it in direct sunlight.
Different fabrics need to be ironed at different temperatures. For fabrics like wool, use steam heat instead of ironing it immediately after drying. If you have a normal iron, make sure you keep the heat at the lowest setting. Additionally, do not forget to turn your winter clothing inside out while ironing. This will prevent your sweater fabric from fraying.
Store It Well
The way your store your knits will have a lot to do with how long they last. Winter clothing tends to absorb a lot of moisture thereby attracting bacteria. To remove excess moisture, you can place silica gel packets in your closet. Also remember to keep naphthalene balls near woollen clothes to keep away moths.
The last and the most important step to taking good care of your winter clothing is dry cleaning. Before you store your woollens back in the closet, ensure that you get it dry cleaned. Dry cleaning will ensure that the quality of the fabric is maintained until the time it gets chilly again.
If you are looking to add some style to your winter wardrobe, browse through Shoppers Stop’s latest collection of winter wear clothing. You can buy trench coats, pullovers, sweaters, vests from Shoppers Stop online and in-store collection. Get ready to layer up in style! For more on men’s fashion, read our blog on Winter Wardrobe Must-Haves For Men.
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