Whether you spent a fortune, or got it for a steal, you probably have an item or two in your wardrobe you just can’t think of doing without — a favorite jacket, or that sweater you stole from your ex…
Don’t let avoidable wear and tear ruin it! Hear are a few tips to keep your wardrobe in tip top shape. And don’t miss seeing this topic covered by Tampa Fashion and Beauty Examiner on Daytime TV on WFLA News Channel 8 this November.
1. Don’t launder so often.
Most people launder their clothing too often. If you use preventative measures and are lucky enough to avoid any mishaps, you should be able to get multiple wears out of each garment (excluding underwear). Each time you launder or dry clean an item, it takes a toll on the fibers and shortens its lifespan.
2. Hang clothes up as soon as you remove them.
Avoid unnecessary wrinkles, lint and dirt from the floor by hanging your clothing up as soon as disrobing and letting your garments “breathe.” This also allows garments to release any wrinkles, odor, or dampness they may have collected during the day. Don’t put them back in the closet until thoroughly inspected. If you see (or smell) something, launder or take to the dry cleaner right away. Don’t let spots have a chance to set in and become permanent stains.
3. Launder properly.
- Always use products formulated for delicate fabrics (like Woolite) even if the label doesn’t necessarily call for it. It will help preserve all your clothing. If needed, pre-treat stains with stronger products, then hand wash or gently wash the entire garment.
- Avoid the dryer whenever possible. It weakens fabrics’ fibers. Hang garments out of direct sunlight (which can cause colors to fade) to air dry.
- Zip your zippers when you launder items. When unzipped, the teeth can catch on other garments and literally chew them up.
- Use lingerie bags to protect delicate fabrics and garments (don’t crowd garments – only one or two per bag depending on size).
4. Fire your iron.
Steaming clothes prevents damage to delicate fibers that an iron can cause, plus — in a matter of seconds — a steamer can remove wrinkles and odors from clothing allowing for fewer trips to the dry cleaners saving you time and money.
5. Use protective gear.
- Padded hangers keep shoulders from becoming misshaped. (You can make your own with worn-out tube socks if necessary.)
- Shoe guards (try Just for KiiX available online) on heels to prevent scuffs and marks preserving the life of your shoes.
- Wear undergarments to prevent body oil and odor to build up on clothes. Don tank tops, t-shirts, or camisoles under your shirts or blouses to extend wear-ability.
- Moth-proof your closet with cedar hangers or sachets made with dried bay leaves, rosemary, thyme, cloves, and lavender. Moths love wool, satin, fur and feathers so take extra care to be sure these items are well protected by storing them in airtight containers or plastic storage bags.