Your Guide to Washing Fall/Winter Wardrobe
It’s almost the fall/winter season and therefore a major wardrobe change. During these months we commit to a whole new fashion and, therefore, this wardrobe needs to be taken care of differently. Fall and winter clothes may be a bit more difficult to wash because materials and fabrics are more delicate. Here we will present to you our guide to washing fall and winter clothes.
Hats, Gloves, and Scarves
We tend to keep these items in the back somehow, even if it’s in a laundry basked, but it would be good to pay more attention to them. Try to wash these items 3 to 5 times during the season. Think about the buildup of makeup, moisturizer, and the germs you pick up with gloves. These items should be hand-washed and genuine leather gloves are best saved for the cleaners.
These are mostly worn during the fall season, so it would be advised to wash them first after months of not being used. To keep your clothing items soft turn your clothes inside out and wash with like colors. Try to avoid washing with items like towels because the buildup of lint can stick to fleece. Make sure to wash on a longer cycle so there is no leftover detergent residue, and set to dry.
Sweaters and Flannel
Sweaters can be made from different materials, so, depending on how often you’re wearing it, make sure to wash after 1 to 3 wears. Cotton, flannel, and cashmere should be washed every two to three wears because the fabrics can be more delicate. Wool and other durable blends such as polyester or acrylic can go a little longer, holding out up to five wears. Wool naturally repels dirt, dust, and liquids easier than other materials, which is why it doesn’t need to be cleaned that frequently.
Wool Coats and Sweaters
As we are speaking of wool sweaters, we can, also, focus on wool coats. If it’s your everyday coat, once or twice a season will keep this durable material from looking dingy. A coat for special occasion might need to be taken to the cleaners once before storing it for moths only because it will sit for longer without wear. Additionally, use a stiff brush to remove any surface debris and spot-treat any stains with a damp cloth and mild soap.
Leather and Suede Jackets
These two materials are much more delicate and they should be washed less often – advise once per season. These items are very durable and can resist daily wear better than other fabrics. You can spot clean leather to remove any spills and brush suede to keep it in top shape, but more thorough cleaning of these materials is better to leave to the professionals.
Additional Washing Recommendations
We have some cleaning tips for you to follow in case you need more complex washing. For additional washing recommendations, follow these simple washing cleaning tips below:
White vinegar is an alternative cleaner and natural deodorizer to preserve color brightness in your laundry and prevent fuzzy balled-up fibers from forming.
Wash Flannel in Warm (not hot) Water
Warm water ensures minimal color fading, reduces shrinkage, and keeps your fabrics soft so you can rock the lumberjack look all season long.
Wash Knits in Cold Water
Handwashing yields the best results when washing knits, but cold water saves time and saves your sweater from frays and snags.
Limit Fabric Softener
Fabric softener can sometimes stiffen fabric fibers and reduce softness if used in excess.
Delicate materials are prone to shrinking, so set up a makeshift drying rack and let your fabrics air dry.
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