Just because something is classified as clothing doesn’t mean it should be cared for in the same way as your socks or underwear. In fact, that couldn’t be more untrue. Whether you have a lucky T-shirt or a favourite dress, each item should be properly cared for to ensure minimal damage.
Want to know how to properly care for your clothes and make them last longer? We share advice on caring for your favourite garments, ahead.
1. Skip the dry cleaner
While some fabrics — such as linen or silk — can be hand washed instead, skipping out on the dry cleaner for items made of suede or leather can destroy your favourite clothing item. To avoid any mishaps, always dry clean items that say dry clean only.
In addition to fabric, structured pieces (such as blazers and suits) should also always be dry cleaned.
2. Not follow the laundry instructions
When it comes to making your favourite items last longer, the tags are a must-read — and we don’t mean the garment label. Before washing, look for the tag on the inside of your shirt (typically located near the waistline) and read the laundry instructions thoroughly.
3. Put laundry detergent directly on your garments
Believe it or not, pouring detergent directly onto garments is a no go. Instead, add your laundry, then water, and then detergent. And, if you’re using bleach, fill the washer up with water first, then clothing, and then soap.
4. Throw stretchy fabrics in the dryer
Whether you splurged on a nice pair of yoga pants or your favourite dress is made of stretchy material, consider air-drying to make them last longer. Over time, stretchy fabrics can lose shape from too many run-ins with the dryer.
5. Overstuff your closet
One of the worst things you can do to your favourite clothes? Overstuff your closet. Not only is a stuffed closet overwhelming, squishing clothes together can also make them wrinkled, too. On top of that, if you hang delicate fabrics next to items with zippers and embellishments, they can easily snag.
6. Scrub out stains
Another thing to avoid at all costs? Scrubbing a stain out. Aggressively scrubbing a stain can not only ruin certain types of fabrics, it can make stains a lot worse, too. Instead of rubbing the stain, dab it gently and work from the outside in (to avoid any spreading).
7. Leave zippers undone when washing
Whatever you do, don’t leave zippers undone when washing — especially if you have other more delicate fabrics in the mix. Leaving a zipper undone can result in a mid-wash snag and nobody wants that.
8. Leave clothes uncovered
Whether you collect stunning vintage pieces or have fabrics made of natural fibres, you’ll want to ensure they’re always covered with garment bags. This not only protects the clothing from potential snags and mishaps, it also wards off dust, moths, and other fabric-destroyers.