Winter’s are here and it’s time to pull out your woolens. While the season gives you a chance to flaunt your winter look, it also comes with the task of keeping these clothes clean. After all, you wouldn’t want to wear a worn-out looking jacket. Cleaning your winter clothes must be done with the same amount of care that you show for your summer delicates.
The first and foremost thing to be done is taking a good look at the care label. Most people cleanse their winter clothing without reading the instructions on the care label and end up with distorted woolens. Every winter clothing requires a different level of care. Some may do with careful wet cleaning, while others need to be sent to the local dry cleaners. Here’s a list of some winter wear with appropriate care tips.
Have you ever panicked seeing a newly bought sweater going distorted after cleaning? Incorrect wet cleaning or not following care label instructions may be the reason behind it. Some wool fibers can swell if cleansed incorrectly and lead to a distorted shape. Most woolens need to be dry cleaned. Hence, reading the care label is vital before cleaning any woolens or cashmeres. If the label allows the clothing to be wet cleaned at home, then you must follow certain care tips like –
Using a neutral, mild detergent and cleansing them with your hands
Do not wring out woolens or put them on the spin cycle in the washing machine. Instead, lay the sweater out on a towel and gently blot the excess water away. Leave it lying on a flat surface in a ventilated area to dry
When ironing cashmere woolens, make sure you place a towel between the iron and the clothing
Winter coats are prone to dust and dirt particles. This can get into the weave of the coat and wear of the fabric. However, you cannot over clean these heavy clothes. The frequency of cleaning your winter coats depends on your environment. Typically, cleaning once or twice during the season would suffice for coats. Make sure to check the care label or best give it for dry cleaning.
Your scarves and gloves are highly exposed to perspiration, make-up, stains, and dust and dirt particles. Depending on the material of your scarf, plan your cleaning schedule. Wool scarves must be hand-cleaned just like your sweaters. For delicate materials, it is best to send them to a dry cleaners store. While leather gloves can be cleansed with a damp cloth, fabric-based are better dry cleaned or wet cleaned with hands.
Cleaning winter wear requires some caution and effort. A single mistake and you will have to move your favorite jacket to the ‘do not wear’ pile. If you do not have enough time or find it difficult to cleanse winter wear, call up the local dry cleaners and you are sorted for the season.