Machine Washing Tips to Increase Garment Life

Posted on April 1, 2013 by Steven Toltz

Following a few simple steps at home will increase the longevity of your garments.

Taking a few minutes ahead of time to take care of your clothing and identify a few potential problems that can be fixed will help prevent unneeded damage and wear to your garments. From our years of experience in the cleaning business we have complied a list of some of the most common things we see that help prevent damage from washing along with a few helpful pointers.

  • You might not think of it, but mending a garment before washing it will prevent the damage from getting worse.
  • Before you put your clothes in the washer, undo buttons on the collar.
  • Turn both dark clothing and washable sweaters inside out.
  • Although care labels often indicate temperature, you may want to test your machine to make sure your cold, normal and hot cycles are the correct temperatures.
  • Pre-treat any spots before cleaning. If you aren’t sure and you value the garment, bring it to your full-service dry cleaners so that our professionals can remove spots or mend and damage prior to cleaning.
  • Stains are set in the drying process. If a stain is not removed after washing, do not dry the garment. Either start over again or bring the garment to our professionals. Be sure not to over-dry your clothes.
  • To reduce wrinkling, pull clothes out of the dryer once cycle is completed and fold or hang them immediately.