Keep your warm-weather clothing bright through the winter and your cold-weather clothing cozy throughout the summer with proper fabric care.
(NAPSI)—When the seasons change, there are a few important steps you can take to protect your clothes and save yourself time, trouble and money.
Try these tricks:
• Make sure clothing is washed and free from stains before you store it. Stains can suddenly appear months later if the fabric is not clean when put away.
• Use cold water for rinsing whenever possible.
• If the care label recommends dry-cleaning that favorite sweater, take it to the dry cleaner before storing. Not all wool has to be dry-cleaned, however. If the label says “hand wash,” you can use your washing machine’s “hand wash” or “wool” cycle with cool water. Easy-care wool knits can be cleaned on the “wool” or “gentle” cycle of your washer with warm water. When the cycle is finished, dry the clothes on a flat surface away from direct heat or sunlight.
• When drying clothes, sort by fabric types. Drying similar fabrics together reduces drying times and ensures even drying.
• Don’t waste leftover heat. Try to get the second washload into the dryer while it’s still warm from the first to shorten drying time and save energy.
• Don’t overfill the dryer. Air circulation is important for proper drying. Overloaded dryers may have to be run more than once-wasting energy, time and money.
• Clean the lint filter before each dryer cycle to maintain proper air circulation and to speed up the drying process.
• Before storing your clothes, make sure they’re completely dry.
• Don’t store too many in too small a spot. Clothes need room to breathe while in storage.
• Fold and stack knits loosely; do not hang them.
• Instead of using garment bags, use clean storage boxes or even a suitcase.
Keep this advice from the experts at Whirlpool Corporation’s Institute of Home Science in mind when you put your clothes away and you may find it’s almost like getting a whole new wardrobe of fresh, clean clothes when you take them out again the next time the seasons change.
For further facts, tips and even recipes, you can go to www.instituteofhomescience.com.