Whether it’s a new party dress or a beloved old sweatshirt, we all want our clothing to last.
How do you keep favorite wardrobe pieces looking new?
Make a habit of following these maintenance tips for clothing care, and your clothes will look vibrant for longer.
Follow Manufacturers’ Instructions.
Too often we put clothes in the washing machine without looking at the fabric care labels sewn into the back of the neck or inside the waistband.
They often contain valuable advice, such as turning corduroy and denim inside out before washing, washing delicates in cold water only, or avoiding the dryer.
To keep clothing looking fresh and vibrant, you need a laundry detergent that has a sophisticated colorfast technology. Tide Plus ColorGuard High Efficiency Liquid contains no chlorine bleach and is safe for all of your washable fabrics, getting clothes clean without altering their original colors.
Repair Holes and Snags Quickly.
That hole in your sock or tear in your cardigan's elbow is only going to get bigger. If you love that piece of clothing, either mend it yourself or take it to a dry cleaner or a tailor before putting it in the washing machine. Laundering could aggravate the tear and further damage the garment. Also, while washing, make sure to close zippers to avoid new damage.
Treat Stains Immediately.
Act quickly to prevent stains from becoming permanent.
Tide to Go Instant Stain Remover is your go-to fix, combining a powerful cleaning solution with a microfiber pad that will absorb and lift the stain. And because it’s portable, you can pack a few in your suitcase and keep some in the car—just in case.
Don’t Spritz Perfume on Clothes.
Perfume is meant to be sprayed on your skin, where it interacts with your body chemistry. Never spray perfume, which often has an alcohol base and chemical fixatives, on clothing. Instead, carefully apply it to your neck and back of wrists before dressing. The same applies to makeup. When wearing high collars or turtlenecks, be careful to avoid rubbing makeup off on clothing.
Never put a sweater on a hanger. The shoulders will likely misshapen and the weight of the sweater will pull the sleeves out of its original design. Instead, fold sweaters and store them in a dresser or on a closet shelf.