Wednesday, 5 July 2017

Looking after your clothes

You've sorted and edited your wardrobe and kept only the clothes that make you look and feel good. However, it's all very well having a wardrobe full of beautiful clothes but how well do you take care of them? If you just drop them on the floor at night or leave clothes screwed up in a ball in a corner, they are not going to look great and it could shorten their life!

Here's what works for me when it comes to looking after clothes:

1. When you take your clothes off, hang them on the outside of your wardrobe for a while before putting them away. This enables them to 'breathe' and cool down after being worn all day and also helps any creases to drop out.

2. Try to buy the correct coathangers for your clothes. The thin, flock covered ones are good and take up less space than wooden hangers. I do use wooden hangers, however, for heavy winter coats. Get rid of any wire hangers from the dry cleaners or any plastic store hangers with ridges which can make bumps or marks in your clothes. It's fine to use smooth plastic coathangers.

3. Heavy jumpers and cardigans should be folded rather than hung on hangers because their weight on the hanger will pull them out of shape. The same applies to knitted dresses if they are particularly thick or heavy.

4. Be sure to read the washing labels on your clothes re washing temperature or whether to hand wash or not and check whether your washing machine has the appropriate settings. A few months ago I washed a wool jumper in the washing machine on what I thought was a wool setting but unfortunately it shrunk and the wool matted. When in doubt about wool garments, wash by hand in lukewarm to cold water. This applies to silk and cashmere too.

5. Winter coats and jackets that are dry clean only can be taken to the cleaners at the end of the winter season so that they are ready to wear again when it gets cold.

6. To repel moths - lavender bags, cedar hangers or balls or moth sachets should be put in the wardrobe. To stop spiders taking refuge in your wardrobe put a few conkers in there (Autumn).

7. Shoes. Fairly obvious but regular cleaning with shoe polish that matches the colour of the shoe will help prolong their life. If the heels are worn down take them to a cobbler to get reheeled. Again, leave them outside the wardrobe to air a bit before you put them away.

8. Bags. Clean out your bag once a week and take out all the receipts etc that are in there. Dust or wipe the outside of your bag at the same time!

I hope you find these tips useful. There is also the subject of how to store your clothes and accessories, which I will tackle another time.

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