To keep your clothes always attractive, you should regularly take care of them. Not ironed, poorly washed clothes not only spoil your appearance but also destroy your reputation. If you wash and iron too often the things are worn too fast. How to find the happy mean and take care of clothing to prolong its life? You will learn it in this article.
To prolong the service life of your clothing, you should strictly follow the instructions of the manufacturer. If the label says that the allowed washing temperature is 30 degrees, you shouldn’t experiment and choose the temperature higher: the blouse can shrink or shed. The household appliances play an important role in taking care of things. You can save money on buying a washing machine selecting a cheaper model but do not buy the iron of an unknown manufacturer. If there are clothes of wool and silk make sure that your appliances can provide them with proper care, i.e. the washing machine and iron should have modes for these tissues.
Clothing care includes washing, drying, ironing and storage. Having properly approached to each of them, you will achieve excellent results and extend the life of your favorite clothes.
Before you put the clothes in the drum of the washing machine, check for any stains on it. It is better to get rid of the fresh stains but sometimes you have no opportunity.
There are stubborn stains that are not removed from the first time.
- Coffee so loved by many people leaves traces that are difficult to get rid of. Fresh coffee stains are easily removed if they are rinsed first with cold and then with hot water. If the stain is old, then rub it with gasoline and then apply a solution of water and ammonia, or a mixture of glycerin, water (1 tsp) and 3 drops of ammonia.
- The same mixture is effective in removing stains from ice cream and dairy products. Hydrogen peroxide and lemon juice cope with spots from tea and rust on a white cloth.
- Fresh herb stains can be easily removed with hot soapy water from the cotton fabric. For wool one, you need to use denatured alcohol. Hydrogen peroxide in combination with the ammonia will remove the green stains from the white cloth. Old stains from grass are removed with water and glycerol.
- Fresh ink stains are easily washed in sour milk.
- If a chewing gum stuck to the clothing, put it in the freezer, and then simply remove the frozen gum – there will no marks on the tissue.
- If you spilled some glue, wet it with cold water, rub the stain and then treat it with a solution of water and ammonia.
- Candle wax and grease stains are easy to remove if you iron them through blotting paper. Iron markings are removed with hydrogen peroxide. Wipe the dirt with a cloth, then rinse, and wash as usual.
- Pour the stains from fruit juices with salt, then wash (the recipe is suitable only for fresh stains). If the dirt is old, then keep it over the steam and rub with vinegar.
- Traces of lipstick on the wool and silk clothing are easy to remove with pure alcohol.
- After a hard day, the clothes smell with sweat. Soak them in warm soapy water with ammonia (1 tsp of ammonia per
1 liter of water).
If the stain has appeared recently, you can usually remove it in warm soapy water.
7 rules of successful washing
- Sort the laundry – wash the white stuff apart from the color one, black – with black.
- Study the information on the label as it contains not only a suitable temperature, but also the type of washing, ironing temperature and drying recommendations.
- If the manufacturer does not recommend machine washing, then it is better not to risk it and take the clothing to the dry-cleaner’s.
- Zip and button up, check the pockets.
- To prolong the life of your clothing, it is better to wash them turned inside out.
- For delicates and lingerie, buy a laundry net.
- Do not abuse hot water when washing colored things – the lower the temperature, the longer the colors will be bright.
How to dry laundry
The best option for drying clothes is in the open air. However, there are some peculiarities.
- It is better to dry color clothes in the shade to prevent fading, and white, on the contrary, in the sun for further bleaching.
- Properly hung your things – it is a guarantee of easy ironing. Hang them upside down because the down is heavier and, therefore, contributes to smoothing. But the trousers need to be hung on the belt.
- Wool, fleece, knits are dried in a horizontal position unfolded.
- Use clothespins as the marks of the ropes are difficult to smooth out.
- A radiator is the enemy of clothing. It not only over-dries them but also leaves marks it and sometimes rust spots.
- Bed linen and tablecloths are fixed at the edges.
- Do not dry silk items – iron them wet.
Do not over-dry your clothes as this will require extra effort when ironing.
To facilitate the work, there are different devices: irons with steaming and even steam ironing systems. The ironing board is an important attribute, it should be moderately soft with breathable coating be preferably made of natural material and several levels of height adjustment.
Do not put away the ironing for later. The clothes easily absorb odors and dust and they will be difficult to smooth out.
- If the clothes are over-dried, sprinkle them with water and leave for a while. Then start ironing.
- Sort items by ironing temperature. You'll save energy and time.
- Have you found a stain? Do not iron, you will just fix it on the fabric. Repeat the stain removal and wash the clothing again.
- Start ironing new things with low temperature and on the back side. This will allow you not to spoil the fabric and see its features.
- Wool, silk or jersey requires special attention. It is better to iron through a thin cloth or use a special nozzle for the iron.
- If steam clothes do not press the soleplate tightly to the fabric. This will not only reduce the effect but also worsen the sliding on the fabric.
- Avoid ironing the stitches as traces remain on the front side and catch the eye.
Each fabric has a secret
- Knitted fabrics are ironed lengthwise in order to avoid stretching. The soleplate should slightly touch the surface so as not to damage the fabric.
- Velvet is ironed on the wrong side, and the face is refreshed by steam without ironing.
- Never dry linen and cotton to the end as it will be more difficult to smooth the fabric and it will faster get crinkled. Lightly wet clothes are ironed on the front side. It will save you time and helps to keep the natural shine.
- It is not recommended to sprinkle with water silk items as it can leave stains. If you want to give a little stiffness, iron the wet silk on the back side.
- There are different synthetic fabrics, so follow the manufacturer's instructions.
- Jackets, suits, coats are put in order by using the vertical steam without removing the hanger. The same feature is perfect for curtains.
- Items made of wool are ironed both from the inside and from the face, and when ironing the front, you should use wet gauze.
- Embroidery is ironed from the inside. Starch the lace before ironing and iron them wet fixing with pins.
The peculiarities of the cut
Many garments have pockets, collar, long sleeves and lining. In order to leave no traces when ironing, you should know a few tricks.
- Iron things with a bias cut lengthwise – it will help to avoid deformation of tissue.
- To iron shirts, use the following algorithm: right sleeve – collar – back top – left sleeve – back – side stitches – the front part. Not to iron in a crease on the sleeves, use armband. The tip of the iron will help to smooth out the fine details.
- Bed linen and tablecloths are ironed on the front side.
- Steam boost will help you to cope with wrinkles.
- Skirts and dresses with pleats and ripple are prepared for ironing before washing. Tack in the free edge of the folds with soft thread and large stitches. After washing, dry the clothing on a hanger. With such preparation, it will be easy to iron the folds.
- When ironing the trousers, first iron the joints on the reverse side and then on the front with wet gauze. The pockets and lining are ironed individually.
Do not put the ironed things immediately into the wardrobe, let them cool down. Immediately after ironing, the clothing still retains moisture, which can lead to mold formation.
Top tips for storage
Have you ever thought whether you store your things right? With careless handling, any, even the most expensive and high-quality clothing loses its appearance.
First of all, put everything out of the wardrobe and wipe all walls, shelves and drawers with a damp cloth. Then check out, get rid of the torn, worn, faded and too old clothes. Divide the rest of the wardrobe into two groups according to the seasons. The items you are not going to use in the season put on the far shelves in accordance with our further recommendations.
The remaining clothes are divided into a few categories: the things that you wear often, only occasionally and in special cases. The clothes of the latter category are folded first, then – the second category. The most favorite and often wear outfits are located in accessible and convenient places. You can sort them by color or by type of the tissue, for instance.
How to store clothes on hangers
Dresses, skirts, pants, blouses, jackets and things of shrinkable fabric should hang on the hangers. For each subject, you should use a separate hanger; you can store only shirts together.
Put dresses in special bags for clothing. In addition, use dark bags for light clothing as in others, they may turn yellow. Upper clothing should be kept in a separate wardrobe or apart other clothes in the same.
It is better to hang the long dresses over the crossbar as they will not touch the bottom of the wardrobe where can be dusty. Store the ties untied hanging them on a special hanger.
Clothes from jersey and wool
Do not store knitted and woolen garments on hangers, especially for a long time because they are drawn and deformed under their own weight. Fold them, put in plastic bags and neatly put on the shelf. Lay heavier things on the bottom and lighter ones – on the top, so they will not be pressed down.
When storing woolen clothes, pay special attention to protection from harmful insects. In the storage area, keep the means from moths.
Hang fur and sheepskin coats, leather bags and jackets on the hangers. Moreover, they should not hang too tightly so as not to wrinkle and to ensure proper air circulation. For the same reason, these products do not endure plastic packages – they require “fresh air”. The absence of air leads to yellowing which cannot be removed. The ambient temperature should be low and the humidity enough, otherwise, the fur dries up and loses its form.
Especially for fur garments, choose cloth or paper bag in dark blue, put a small bag of herbs from moths there. Periodically ventilate the fur clothing but do not hang it in the direct sunlight, otherwise the fur dries, burns out or turns yellow. Do it in a shady place at a temperature of 10-15 above Celsius in a dry clear weather. It is better to store products made of painted and unpainted fur separate.
The life and attractiveness of your clothing depend on proper care, so pay enough attention for washing, ironing, and storage.
Author: Anna Wallace