How to wash sweaters

How To Wash Sweaters

Posted on May 26, 2020 by Steven Toltz

As we move deeper into spring, it’s time to shed those sweaters and switch them out for lighter fabrics. Before you pack up your sweaters for the season, be sure to wash them. Over time, barely noticeable signs, like sweat stains, can become permanent as they sink further into the fabric.  But, don’t just toss your sweaters right into the washing machine. Sweaters are delicate, and without using the proper care techniques, can quickly shrink, stretch, become pilled, or lose their shape. To keep your sweaters in top condition for next winter, follow these care tips.

Read The Label 

It should go without saying, but before trying any cleaning method, check your sweater’s care label. If the tag says “dry clean only,” don’t try to wash it at home. Dry cleaning solvent is lighter than water and is much gentler on clothes. Likewise, if the label says “hand wash only,” don’t machine wash it, even on the most delicate cycle. Ignoring the care label is one of the fastest ways to ruin your favorite sweater.  

Hand Wash Sweaters

Sweaters are delicate, and the heat and agitation of a washing machine can cause shrinkage. The most delicate at-home cleaning method is handwashing, and it’s not as hard as you may think! To hand wash a sweater simply: 

  1. Fill a small tub or clean sink with cool water 
  2. Add some mild detergent 
  3. Turn your sweater inside out and gently swish it around in the water 
  4. Let your sweater soak in the mixture for 10-15 minutes 
  5. Rinse the sweater
  6. Replace the water in the tub with clean water 
  7. Gently swish your sweater in the clean water
  8. Resist the urge to wring out your sweater! Gently pat the sweater and hang it flat to dry. Do not hang it, as this can cause your sweater to stretch 

Washing Sweaters in Machine

A common concern is how to wash sweaters in the washer.  Many sweaters’ labels say they’re machine washable, but that doesn’t mean you can wash them on any setting. To machine wash your sweaters, use either the “delicate,” “handwash,” or “slow” cycle settings, and always wash with cold water. To give your sweaters extra protection, use a mesh laundry bag to reduce friction. Avoid washing sweaters with heavy or bulky items, like jeans, towels, and sweatshirts. After washing, don’t put it in the dryer, even on the lightest settings. Instead, hang it flat to air dry. Taking these precautions when machine washing can help your sweater keep its shape and last longer.  

Dry Clean Your Sweater

When in doubt, take your sweater to the dry cleaners. Our professional cleaners will read each item’s care label to determine the best way to wash the fabric without causing damage. With free pickup and delivery and no minimum limits, your spring wardrobe swap will be easy and hassle free. Sign up for pickup and delivery today!  

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