We ruin our clothes simply because we do not know how to look after them. We think that all fabrics are created equal and require similar treatment. Yet this equalization is damaging: each fabric is different and calls for a special approach. Here is how to look after some textiles.
Cashmere. When you buy a clothe item made of cashmere, it is easy to know whether it is of a good quality. Simply rub the edges of a cashmere item together. If you see that it is shedding or that little pellets are emerging on its surface, leave this item on a shelf.
It is a common misconception that you should not wash cashmere clothes but only to dry clean them. Cashmere clothes get even better with washing. The only trick is to wash them correctly. You can always wash your cashmere sweater by your hands in warm water. It you decide to machine wash it, place your washing machine on a delicate program. Even more important is how you dry cashmere clothes. If you want your cashmere clothes to stay in shape, do not ever hang them. Once you get them out of your washing machine, spread them evenly on a towel lying on a flat surface. Dried like this, your cashmere sweater will not stretch in different directions. While it is still slightly wet, iron your sweater, and it will look like new.
Cotton and wool. Cotton fabric is popular because it is easy to wear and, unlike other textiles, it does not require a complicated method of treatment. It is better to wash cotton clothes by hands; if you still choose to wash them in a washing machine, be careful with water’s temperature. Cotton clothes should be washed in water that is not higher than 30 degrees in summer. In winter, water temperature should not exceed 20 degrees, because if your cotton item is mixed with wool, it might shrink due to a temperature difference, while it is being rinsed. It is important to put your washing machine either on a delicate or wool regime. For machine washing, you should always use washing liquids designed for delicate or woolen textiles; when you wash your clothes by hand, wash them in hair shampoo.
While ironing your cotton clothes, use a steaming, very hot iron. In order for your clothes to last longer, iron them also turned inside out. The major problem with wearing wool clothes is the appearance of pellets on its surface, usually in the places where your body parts rub each other. The most trustful way of removing pellets from your clothes is to shave them off with a razor. Then, iron your clothes.