Tweed, cashmere, corduroy, fur, silk, and wool fabrics are all very popular during the winter months. They are great materials to stay warm and cozy when the temperature takes a dip. We tend to spend good money on them too so that we can look good and stay comfortable. But we have to take good care of them as well to extend their life. A cashmere shawl will cost a lot and you will naturally want it looking the best. Here are some secrets of how you can look after your cold weather clothing and make them serve you for long.
I once washed my cardigan in a washing machine and the result was a complete disaster. Ouch! I learned my lesson. Since then, I always wash my warm outfits by hand. Hard washing may lead to shrinking, so beware. But also keep in mind to use cold or lukewarm water instead of hot because it spoils woolen clothes at times. Go for mild detergents as for better results.
Keep it in a Ventilated Area:
I never store my winter outfits in a congested place. My wardrobe is ventilated and there are passages from which air passes by. This is good because there won’t be any smell on my clothing. It is also important to hang the coats in a hanger and fold the sweaters properly.
I might have mentioned not to use washing machines for woolen clothes but dry cleaning could be an option. I wear my winter clothes throughout the season and then finally go for dry cleaning. But I only go for the most expensive outfits because I don’t like taking the risk of washing it at home. The decision could be bad.
Do Not Iron Velvet:
You have to be careful with velvet. It demands a lot of care. There are some rules for maintaining a velvet outfit. And the most important rule is, you should never iron it. You will spoil it, and may even burn it. Always keep this in mind.
Do Not Spray Directly:
We often commit this mistake and even I have done this several times. Never spray perfume directly to your woolen clothes. This could lead to stains which can be impossible to remove later.
Flat Surface Drying:
Clothes made of natural wool fabrics should never be exposed to the sun when wet. When you do this, you run the risk of ruining it. The threads may start coming out. You should always dry it on a flat surface at a place that is not exposed to the sun directly. That is the more efficient way to dry them.
Do not crumble your warm jackets and cardigans. You should roll or fold them gently instead, more so when you are travelling. We sometimes pack in a hurry and literally dump things in our suitcases. But this is just not the way. Warm outfits need extra care and that should be certainly provided. With proper maintenance, you will extend their lives, and keep using them for many more years.