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How To Maintain Dress and Keep Them For Longer

Sep 02,2022 | NK by NIKI

Dressing well seems like a hassle but then when you see how good it makes you feel, you want to maintain this sense of feeling good. But what happens is that over time you begin to lose interest in maintaining this dress. How can you keep it up?

If you don’t look good, how could people possibly respect you? And if you don’t look good, how could you possibly look your best? And if you can’t look your best, how can you expect people to pay attention to what you have to say?

Not looking good can make you feel like a social outcast. You can’t enjoy yourself because you are always thinking about what you are wearing and what you aren’t wearing.

In this article, I’m going to show you how to maintain your dress and keep it for longer. I’m going to show you how to go beyond wearing pants that fit your body and how to go beyond wearing shirts that look better on the rack than you do.

So if you want to maintain your dress and keep it for longer, then read on...

1. Wash less

Before you wash your clothes, pause. The longevity of clothing can be reduced by washing it too frequently, according to Chris Morton, head seamstress at Clothes Doctor. This is particularly true of dry cleaning, which employs hazardous chemicals that cause some materials' natural fiber follicles to flatten.

Try hanging it outside or in a hot bathroom to breathe first if an item doesn't need to be cleaned but simply needs to be freshened up.

2. Wash at low temperatures

When it's time to wash your garments, do it at a cooler temperature. According to Morton, washing clothes at a moderate temperature with a mild laundry detergent will keep the fabric soft and clean while also preventing color loss. Washing at 30° or below helps to reduce those emissions while also protecting your clothing. For an average shirt lasting over a year, 80% of the emissions created during the 'in-use' stage of its life cycle are from washing and tumble drying. Underwear, beds, and towels that come into direct touch with your skin may be the exceptions and require a higher temperature wash.

3. Pay attention to care labels

Different methods of laundry are required for various materials. For instance, wool should only be hand washed or gently machine washed when absolutely necessary, with a wool-specific detergent. According to Morton, delicate materials like cashmere and silk should be properly cared for because they are particularly susceptible to damage from strong chemicals and heat.

Pay close attention to the label's directions, which provide information on the highest recommended temperature at which you should wash an item (rather than the recommended temperature). Unless the label specifies dry cleaning exclusively, that is...

4. Cut down on dry cleaning 

Despite being marked "dry clean only," the majority of delicate items may be washed on gentle, lower temperature cycles (unless the item has details that might become damaged in the washing machine). Dry cleaning is a very chemically demanding technique that has an adverse effect on the environment, the fibers of textiles, and the skin of customers. Find green dry cleaners who provide non-toxic and "eco" cleaning services when dry cleaning is the only method that will work for the item.

5. Air dry

When you bring your clean clothes in from the washing line, nothing compares to the scent of newly laundered, air-dried clothing. In addition to smelling great, air drying is healthier for the environment and your clothes than tumble drying, which consumes a lot of energy to operate and may also harm some fibers.

Instead, shake out your clothing and hang it on a drying rack, a laundry line, or a hanger so it can air dry. Once more, pay attention to the labels on your clothing because some items, like woolen sweaters, may dry more effectively flat.

6. Store properly

According to Chris, proper storage can significantly increase the longevity of a garment. "To avoid damaging dampness, sunshine, and heat, store all of your clothing in a cool, dry place. Before storing your clothes, make sure they are clean because surface grit and filth might draw damaging clothes moths. To further protect your knitwear from clothing moths, try keeping it with lavender or moth balls. It's crucial to keep your closet from becoming overstuffed because clothing needs breathing room. By doing so, you'll also avoid color fading and wrinkles caused by clothing rubbing against one another.

Use wooden or padded hangers while hanging clothes to further prevent clothing from deforming.


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