With cooler temperatures comes sweater weather. Fall fashion is full of sweater fashions but not caring for your sweaters correctly can ruin them. Here are some tips on how to keep your sweaters looking good all season long.
You just purchased some of the trendiest fall sweaters but have no clue on how to clean them. Of course look at the label on the sweater but bear in mind that dry cleaning isn’t always the best option for keeping your sweaters looking new. If the sweater says dry clean only, then it will need to be dry cleaned. If the sweater says dry clean, washing by hand may be an option.
Dry cleaning uses chemicals that often strip the natural oils from the yarn, causing your sweaters to lose their shape over time. A better choice is to use your own washing machine as long as it has the proper settings. Newer washing machines have a setting for wool or hand-wash. If the sweater doesn’t have embroidery or sequins, you can machine wash it.
Today’s agitators are almost as gentle as washing by hand. If you do not have a gentle detergent like Woolite, use baby shampoo. Make sure that you put like colors together and be careful of sweaters that are boldly colored that the dye might run.
If your machine doesn’t have the right cycle, wash by hand. Fill a clean sink with cool water, add a couple of squirts of gentle detergent, mix it around and then add your sweaters.
Allow the sweaters to sit for about 30 minutes. Rinse the sweaters under running water until the water runs clear. Press the water out. Never twist or wring the excess water out of the sweater. This will ruin the shape and stretch the sweater out. An easy way to get the excess out is to lay the sweater on a thick towel and roll it up to squeeze out the water.
Drying your washed sweater is as important as how you wash it. Damp sweaters should always be laid flat to dry. Don’t drape it over a towel rod, this will ruin the shape. Don’t hang it on a hanger to dry, the sweater will stretch out. A collapsible sweater rack with multiple flat shelves is an investment to make for someone who loves to wear fall sweaters.
When your sweaters are dry, make sure to store them neatly folded and never on hangers. Your sweaters can last through this season and next if you treat them with care when washing and drying them. For more detailed information about different kinds of sweaters, use the link below.