How to care for different fabrics
Please note that the below are general rules only and it is recommended that you always follow the attached washing instructions on each garment because designer clothes may have their own special ways of care regarding what had been used to make up the garment.
Always place clothes in a net washing bag before you put them into a washing machine to protect them from damage during the washing and spinning, either in the delicate or normal cycle. From my personal experience, I've damaged some of my favourite clothes, and thereafter I've tried out a few different methods as follows:
- Hand wash: I rubbed too much on a silk pullover and the shiny of it got damaged. The pullover became just like cheap cardigan material. I learnt to only rub at the collar, sleeve ends, and under the arm areas gently, then just submerge/immerse with cold water until the washing liquid has gone; carefully put on the clothesline to air dry naturally.
- Machine wash: With normal cycle, I tested without a net bag and with a net bag, using the same cotton fabric blouses. After a few months of wear and wash regularly, the blouse without a net bag looks slightly older than the one with a net bag, so I believe that the net bag does protect clothes from damage.
Washing powder or liquid to use ? From personal experience I use:
- Wool/delicate liquid - for wool and delicate wash clothes;
- Normal liquid or powder - for normal wash cycle clothes;
- People with skin sensitivities or allergies, I would recommend using liquid washing detergent.
- To dry clothes in a natural air-dry condition is always the best because it does not shrink like a tumble dryer does to some clothes. However, due to some living environments, a tumble dryer is the only option. With elastic combined fabrics, tumble drying will damage the fabric over time or just the one time. Thus tumble drying is a No No for your favourite clothes.
- Lace, silk, wool, polyester fabrics: Use cool iron mode or sometimes just use steam only.
- Cotton fabric: Use cold gentle or normal wash cycle washing mode. When ironing use wool or cotton mode. Note: Don't press at one spot more than 3 seconds or the cloth may get burned. If the wrinkle still remains, come back to it later after the spot cools down and try with a little steam. Note: From personal experience pressing regularly - sometimes the creases just won't press out and there is nothing I can do but just leave it; if I continue to try by pressing - the fabric could damage.
- For all type of fabrics when ironing, use a thin cotton cloth to place on the surface where you're ironing as this will help to prevent the shiny look from the hot iron.
- 100% cotton: Use cool-warm water, wash dark colours separately. Iron with cool-warm temp. 100% cotton fabric is usually dry cleanable.
- 60% wool 40% viscose: Dry clean only.
- 100% polyester: Hand wash, use cold water & mild soap. Do not soak or bleach. Do not tumble dry. Cool iron on reverse if required. Do not dry clean.