If you are like most people, you have favorite pieces of clothing in your closet. We want these favorite shirts to last a very long time because they are our favorites! No matter if it is your favorite pair of jeans, a concert t-shirt from the “best night of your life” or your most comfortable sweatshirt, you can make them last longer than you might expect with the proper care. Here are some things you can do to help make your clothes last as long as possible:
Like with Like
Most clothing is soft – but – fabrics can be hard on fabrics that are not the same weight or texture. When you put your jeans in with your favorite dress shirts or t-shirts, the shirts are going to take a beating from the much heavier denim in the washing machine and in the dryer. Sort your laundry so that all your heavier items are washed together and all your lighter weight items are washed in a different load or loads. Hint: wash towels with just towels, unless you are a fan of picking lint bits from your sweats, sweaters or pants!
Turn any garments with an embroidered or printed design inside out before you pop them in the washer. In fact, most items will look better longer if you turn them inside out to wash them. The good side of the garment is not exposed to anything that will distress it.
No Stong Detergents or Bleach
The detergents available today are a far cry from what our parents and grandparents used to clean their clothes, thank goodness! They are not nearly as harsh to the fibers of your clothing while being very effective at getting them clean. If you have a high-efficiency washer, use detergents specifically created for this kind of machine or you will be using way more than you need to, which can be hard on the materials.
I am “old school” enough that I always wash my “whites” in hot water. Wash everything else in cold. Between the machine’s agitation and the capabilities of today’s detergents, your clothes will come out clean, even with cold water. Hot water can weaken the fibers in your clothing, making them look worn or faded more quickly.
Ideally, we want to make our favorite pieces of clothing last forever. Make the most of what you have by taking care of them as noted above. If you happen to notice that any of your clothing with your company name on them are looking a bit on the worn side, I would love the chance to show you all the new styles that we have available. And here’s the thing, if your stuff is looking a bit tired, I bet it looks the same on your employees! Give me a call or send me an email so that we can get you and your team looking in top form again.
Credit: Jennifer Cox