Clothing Care Dos and Don’ts

When you buy a new article of clothing, do you make sure to pay attention to the directions on how to take care of it? Many people do not. I am often guilty of not reading the tags of my clothing to see how they should be washed.

Well, I read an article that stated things that you should always do with your clothing garments. Even if you don’t read the instructions on the tag, try to abide by the following rules; they will help you clothing last longer.

What You Should Not Do
-As most people know, do not mix white and colored clothing items.
-The article states to spin any clothing that is viscose, acetate, or wool.
-If your detergent contains bleach, be sure not to use too much of it.
-Unless the label on your clothing says otherwise, you should tumble your dry items.
-If your clothing item has a metal fasteners, always soak it.
-Even though you might believe it will save time and money, do not overload the washing machine. I am often guilty of performing this mistake.
-Finally, you should iron the trims of your pants.

What You Should Do
-Before you wash your article of clothing, turn it inside out.
-When ironing an item with print on it, make sure to iron the reverse of the print. For example, if your garment has sequins on it, cool the iron the reverse of the embellishment.
-The article recommends that you always read and follow the washing and care instructions listed on the label of your clothing.
-Right after you use your swimwear, rinse it with clean water.
-Always wash your clothing garment at the temperature that the label deems appropriate. If you are not sure what temperature is best for your item, then wash it at a lower temperature.
-If you are hand washing your clothing, make sure that the water runs clear after you are finished.
-Similar to how you are supposed to follow the washing directions on the label, be sure to also follow the drying instructions.
-If you’re item is leather, or if the label states that the clothing should only be dry cleaned, take your garment to a specialist so that you know it will be correctly taken care of.
-As I mentioned earlier, organize your laundry based on color or garments that require the same type of cleaning.

Here is an excerpt from the website stating what each care symbol, that you might find on  your clothing garment’s label, means:

Care Symbols

 Ironing Symbols
 1 dot iron 1 dot is a cool iron temperature of 110°c, best used for acrylics, nylons and acetates
 2 dot iron 2 dot iron is a warm iron temperature of 150°c, suitable for polyester mixes, and wool garments
 Do not iron This symbol shows that your clothes are not suitable to iron. DO NOT IRON
 Washing Symbols
Synthetic wash A washtub with one bar indicates your clothes are suitable for a synthetic wash. The machine will wash with medium agitation. The number shows it can be washed at the maximum temperature of 40°c
 Handwash Handwash only. This indicates that your clothes are too delicate to machine wash. Make sure the temperature of the water is cool
 Do not wash This shows that your clothes are not suitable to wash
 Dry Cleaning Symbols
Dry clean P This indicates you can dry clean your garment. The ‘P’ represents perchloroetheylene solvent which is the most commonly used
 Dry clean P Underline Professional dry clean only. The ‘P’ instructs the dry cleaner to use perchloroetheylene solvent. The bar indicates a milder process
 Dry Clean F The letter f represents the solvent r113 & hydrocarbon, which is more environmentally friendly and milder, making it ideal for embellished garments
 Dry Clean F Underline The letter F represents the solvent r113 & hydrocarbon, which is more environmentally friendly, and milder, making it ideal for embellished garments. The bar indicates a milder process
 No Dry Clean This states the garment is not suitable to dry clean
 Drying Symbols
 Tumble Dry Low This symbol indicates you can tumble dry, but at a low heat setting
 Tumble Dry Medium This symbol indicates you can tumble dry at a medium heat setting
 Hang Dry Hang/line dry after removing excess water
 Flat Dry Lay flat to dry. This is suitable for delicate clothes that could be distorted by vertical drying
 No Tumble Dry This symbol states you cannot tumble dry your clothes
 Bleaching Symbols
 No Bleach This symbol states not to bleach
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