How To Care For Your Clothes
All clothes, no matter what fabric, needs some tending to, in order to keep it looking its best. While it is a natural tendency for any fabric to wear out over time, taking care of them will help preserve and maintain them for longer. To keep your Crow garments looking fresh and vivid, we have compiled a list of tips on how to care for them.
Find garment instructions
Most clothes come with care instructions that are specific to the fabric used. Found on the inside of the neck or the side seam, tags usually provide information about washing and drying that is designed towards the needs of the fabric.
Invert dark clothes when washing
A common occurrence when washing dark clothes is the dilemma of fading. To avoid this, invert the clothes inside-out before washing, which prevents friction of the colour against other garments. A simple act of washing inside-out can avert the prevailing wear and tear.
An action that is done almost regularly to make clothes look presentable, Ironing can often have irreversible damages like burning or yellowing if it's not done right. For example, using an excess amount of heat on a fabric like silk may result in an immediate burn and completely botch the clothing. To prevent this, irons usually come with settings that are specific for listed fabrics, or, a quick google search on a guide for temperatures and fabrics will help.
Follow storage tips
Regardless of the size of the storage space, keeping clothes in a certain way affects their longevity and lifespan. If stored in a wrong manner, clothes tend to become misshapen and lose a certain look. Here’s a guide on how to store clothes according to their type:
Keep sweaters folded
When hanging heavy clothes made out of wool or other bulky fabrics, they tend to stretch down and change shape. To prevent this, keeping them stacked on a shelf not only saves space but also preserves them for longer.
Make ample room when storing
A hard no is given to squishing as many clothes as possible in order to maximize storage. This not only results in excessive crumpling but also causes friction, decreasing the quality of the garment. Instead, make sure clothes are comfortably stored with sufficient room to breathe.
Set correct temperatures
A closed, dark space that is full of moisture is the perfect breeding ground for mould and other nasty things that one definitely doesn't want near their clothes. An area that is well light, with closed-off circulation decreasing the chances of humidity and moisture often poses as the ideal space for storage.
Make sure to close all open ends
The mundane task of buttoning up buttons on shirts and zipping up zippers of jeans is actually very important. These open ends can get caught in other pieces of clothing, lead to tears and damage that can only be ‘patched’ up, so make it a note to take the extra effort and close them.
Be conscious of cosmetic use
Harmful chemicals that can easily damage clothes are often found in cosmetics. From the dust of face powders to the synthetic substances in hairsprays, these are likely to fall onto clothes. Instead, choose to dress after applying make-up and doing hair, in order to avoid any fallaways. Hairspray and hair dyes often lead to a change in colour when it interacts with fabric, causing an irreversible change, just like deodorants that have numerous chemicals. A beneficial choice would be to switch to natural products, like plant-based cosmetics.
To enjoy clothes that keep looking their best, these tips will come handy. While all of them may not be easy to implement, learning the do’s and don'ts for specific fabrics and treating them with the appropriate practices will definitely preserve them for longer.