Some advice for taking good care of your winter clothes
Winter's here! It's time to swap your mid-season clothing for warmer fabrics. However, your sweaters and coats often require special attention. How should you take care of your winter clothes? Here is some advice for taking care of your things!
If your coat is machine-washable:
- Unless otherwise indicated, avoid dry cleaning: the solvents used could damage the waterproof coating found on most coats;
- Cold washing is preferable (maximum 30°C), with no spin drying;
- Avoid fabric softeners.
- Only use cold water;
- Use the bathtub, if you have one. If not, spread a towel out on a table and lay the coat on top;
- Use a liquid detergent without fabric softener;
- Scrub your coat from top to bottom with a wet hand towel;
- Remove any stubborn stains with a toothbrush.
For machine washing:
- Wash your sweaters inside-out;
- Avoid fabric softeners, aggressive cleaning products and bleaching agents, particularly on delicate fabrics;
- Use only a small amount of liquid detergent;
- Cold washing is preferred (30° maximum) in order to keep your sweaters from shrinking;
- Select a gentle spin cycle (500 rpm maximum).
- Use cold water;
- Gentler detergents specifically designed for hand washing are preferred;
- Pat your sweater rather than scrubbing it;
- If you find a stubborn stain, scrub it by hand.
Drying your sweaters
- Avoid using the clothes dryer;
- Never wring your sweaters by hand: this could distort the shape of your winter clothes and cause pilling;
- Spread your sweaters out on a towel and allow them to air-dry: this will keep them from losing their shape.
Some advice for the daily care of your sweaters
- Don't hang your sweaters on hangers since they are likely to lose their shape;
- Air them out regularly;
- Never remove pilling with scissors, do it by hand or use a pilling brush;
- When ironing, make sure to use a quality iron with temperature control. Some technologies, such as Laurastar DMS steam generators, make it possible to iron your clothes effectively while refluffing them.