Chances are you have some beautiful clothes in your closet, and you want to make them last. Evening gowns, business suits, wool, denim and other fabrics all last longer when you properly care for them. It also ensures they look great, keeping their shape and color.
Keeping your clothes beautiful means saving money, but of course it also means your wardrobe is ready for any occassion at any time, becuase your clothes are always ready and willing to go! If you want to enjoy your favorite pieces for seasons to come, keep reading for tips on caring for them.
1. To fold or to hang?
Not every article of clothing should be hung. Jeans and some sweaters in particular can get creased, or your sweaters will get those ugly shoulder lumps that just won’t go away. Consider folding some of your clothes and store them flat in a dresser or on a shelf in your closet instead.
2. When the tag says dry clean only, believe it.
Don’t be one of those that reads a tag that says, “dry clean only,” and think, “it’ll be fine,” then throw it in the wash. Wool especially will shrink in really odd places and completely lose any shape or cut in the wash. Be prepared to invest in dry cleaning or don’t buy the piece.
3. Don’t over-wash denim.
Just as you don’t necessarily need to wash your hair every day, you don’t necessarily need to wash your jeans every wear. If you spill coffee in your lap and have a stain, sure, but don’t wear your jeans out if you don’t have to. Washing machines and dryers are hard on clothing, so avoid tossing them into the “clothes blender” unless you have to. For jeans, try washing every 2-3 wears.
4. Store your clothes clean.
If you’re not going to wear an item for a while, say, if it’s a seasonal piece, don’t store it dirty! To avoid smells, stains and other undesirables creeping permanently into your clothes, clean them properly before tucking them away.
5. Read the tag!
At the end of the day, the manufacturer’s care tag knows best and was sewn into the clothing for a reason. Just as you should trust a tag that says, “dry clean only,” you should pay attention and ensure you wash an item in cold water if that’s what’s called for. Don’t risk it; it matters or it wouldn’t be printed there.
6. Use a clothing storage service.
If you really want to make sure you’re giving your clothes the best possible treatment, consider investing in a clothing storage service like Armoire. If you live in Chicago, we can pick your clothes up, profesionally clean and store them, then return them whenever you like. The best news? Armoire is taking presale applications TOMORROW, so jump in while there’s still space available!