MAKE IT LAST | LAUNDRY ESSENTIALS

WASH CARE

While you may accidentally snag your new sweater on a sharp corner, or spill coffee on your white blouse, the primary reason for clothes getting ruined is improper wash care. Understanding the correct way to care for your garments is essential in ensuring their longevity. Most of our garments come with wash care labels attached giving us exact instructions on the best possible method to care after our garments. Symbols for washing, drying, ironing, etc. are almost always found on these labels.
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It is important to understand the correct methods and temperature at which different garments need to be washed and how often. In fact, a lot of our garments tend to wear out and become ill-fitting due to over-washing.
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Items that sit close to the body, like delicates, must be washed everyday; however others, like jeans, can safely be washed after 5-6 wears. Some garments like men's woollen jackets are simply meant to be brushed clean. Instructions like sorting laundry by colour and fabric or spot cleaning garments may be treated as second nature, but they are imperative in extending the life of the garment. Understanding all these factors and adhering to them is the key to making garments last longer.
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CARING FOR DIFFERENT FABRICS

A variety of fabrics, both natural and synthetic, are now available everywhere. Understanding care instructions for each individual fabric will help you get the most use out of your garments. Here are a few instructions on how to care for fabrics commonly found in our wardrobes:
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Cotton: the world's favourite natural fiber and the most popular fabric globally, cotton is comfortable to wear and easy to care for. Machine washable and dryable, cottons can be washed in hot water if white, and warm or cool water if coloured.
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Linen: an ideal fabric for Indian summers, linen's characteristic wrinkling adds to its casual charm. Although it can be machine washed, it should be done carefully with cold water as it may lose its shape and fit. It is also important not to overcrowd the machine when washing linen.
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Silk: most silks have to be dry-cleaned. Some can be hand-washed very gently, but extreme care should be taken and preferably a silk detergent or mild shampoo should be used.
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Rayon/Viscose: should be machine or hand washed with cold water and wringing or twisting must be avoided.
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Polyester: should be machine washed with cold water only.
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WASHING TIPS

Here is a compilation of some helpful tips for laundering:
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Wash in cold water
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Hot water weakens fabric more quickly. Washing your clothes in cold water is always preferable, save for the really soiled loads - like muddy clothes or dirty sheets. Your clothes will be just as clean, and the threads will stay strong.
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Invest in a front-loading washer
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Front-loading washers use gravity to tumble clothes in and out of the water, unlike top-loading washers that use an agitator..  This is much gentler on your clothes and helps prevent snags and tangling.
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Wash clothes inside-out
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Protect the important part of a garment—the outside—by simply turning it inside out before you toss it in.  It may not seem like much, but embellishments on the outside of a garment, and even certain kinds of prints can be worn away by the inside of a washer. Garments with embroidery, beads, or sequins should especially be washed inside out.
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Follow care label directions
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Most people know they should read garment care labels, but something many people forget is to read the directions on their laundry detergent too.  Don't use too much—too many suds means the rinse cycle might not get all of the soap residue out of your clothing. And use the right kind—gentle detergents for delicates, and regular detergent for sturdier items.
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Treat stains the right way, and right away
A spill or stain doesn't have to ruin a garment. Read the directions on stain removal products too, even if you have used them before. They may not be safe for every kind of fabric, or be recommended for every kind of stain.


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