Taking care of our wardrobe can be quite a task if you’re not prepared for the maintenance of your clothing. Many elements can affect our garments: from our bodies, to physical activity, to laundry products, or even the weather; our favorite dress or shirt can become ragged in no-time if we don’t properly handle them.
After a good wardrobe clean-up, ask yourself “should I toss this piece of clothing?”, and more importantly: “how can I keep my old, favorite clothes, looking as if I bought them yesterday?”
If you want to save some money, and preserve your beloved outfits, then check out our top 9 ways to keep your old clothes looking new
Let Your Clothes Air
Let your coats, suits, and shoes air at least 30 minutes before storing them again in your closet, hanging them on a clothes rack or hanger. If you throw your clothes on chairs you might get new, difficult-to-get-rid-of wrinkles.
Avoid Stains From Body Products
Be careful of perfumes, hairspray, lotions, creams, and sunscreen while in summer, as they may fade your outfits’ colors, or create stubborn stains. Apply all of these products at least 30 minutes before getting dressed.
Always clean your clothes before storing them. An untreated stain can attract insects that can open holes in the fabric, permanently damaging the pieces. Also, make sure they are completely dry before putting them back in the closet, as humidity can draw mildew. Mold can also be caused by using plastic bags to cover your clothes; try using breathable cotton sheets or bags.
Wash In Cold Water
Hot water tends to wear fabrics quicker. Unless the clothes are extremely soiled (dirty sheets are a very good example), avoid using hot water for any kind of fabric, especially if the care instructions explicitly say so.
Beware Of Sunlight!
If you have a lamp in your closet, always turn it off while you’re not using it. Likewise, don’t let clothes under the sun or next to the window for too long, since it can fade colors, and even ruin some of fabrics.
Rotate Your Clothes
Don’t use the same clothes over and over again. Plan your looks and rotate your outfits, so the fabrics can “breath” and return to their original shapes, preventing them from wearing out more quickly.
Electric dryers, same as heat drying, can save us a lot of time. However they can cause color fading, shrinkage, weakening of the fibers, and damage over time. Instead, try using an indoor or outdoor drying rack. If you can’t, always use the lowest heat setting of your dryer.
Believe it or not, washing your clothes inside-out, can make a big difference with the duration of your clothes. Inside-out washing can protect embroideries, prints, and jewelry.
Treat Stains Carefully
Read both the directions on stain removal of the products you’re using, and the care labels of the stained clothes. Some products might not be suited for every kind of stain, or they can be harmful for some fabrics.