The winter clothes are quite particular and different from the rest. Its main difference is in its composition and in the extra delicacy of fabrics such as wool. Garments and fabrics, as grateful as unknown, remain forgotten and until the arrival of the cold we do not remember them, and it is at that moment when we ask ourselves: how are winter garments cleaned and cared for?
Well, it's simpler than it seems. You only need to know some simple rules to keep this type of garments in the best conditions. The main rule is that these garments are cleaned. Yes, you have read well, they are cleaned. And I say it because it is very common to see the years go by that coat that we never see go through the washing machine or the dry cleaner. And is that despite their dark colors, winter garments also get dirty and require a wash at least once a year.
Bearing in mind that the coats, feathers and other winter clothes are also washed, we must also be clear about the time to do it. We often leave this task for the beginning of winter with the idea of having the garment in the best conditions for the season that is about to begin. Error. Winter garments should be clean at the end of this. The reason is that dirt and stains, if left in the garment during all the months of heat, will be more difficult to eliminate at the time we want to do so. In addition, possible smells that the garment has taken will extend unstoppably. Not recommended.
Going into the technical part, if what we want to wash is a wool coat or sweater we can do it quietly in the washing machine. The only thing that we must do is to previously remove the lint from the surface with some type of packing tape or similar. At the time of washing, we will use a special program for delicate fabrics (all washing machines have it, trust me) and use a special detergent for this type of garments. It is also advisable to wash these garments with the washing machine at half load to avoid excessive friction with other garments and the appearance of the odious pellets. It is advisable to wash the clothes in cold and do without the softener.
At the time of drying the wool must be especially careful because this fabric is deformed while wet and maintains that new shape once dry. To avoid deformations, it is best to dry the garment extended horizontally. The result is worthy of the best of the dry cleaners. Once dry, if we want to store it until next year, we must use bags that transpire since the wool is a fabric that needs air for its good conservation.
If we want to wash a coat filled with feathers or a duvet, we can also do it in our washing machine. To do this we only have to introduce a pair of tennis balls. These balls, when bouncing, will prevent the garment from clumping and forming wrinkles or folds that are not aesthetic at all. In addition, with this system, our clothes will be much more spongy.
At the time of drying, it is absolutely essential to get the garment completely dry. The feather is of natural origin and with the humidity it gives off an unpleasant smell. Undoubtedly, when it comes to drying this type of fillers, it is best to use a dryer.
If we have other types of coats or blankets made of synthetic fabrics, we can also wash them in the washing machine, although if they are large, it is much better to take them to the dry cleaner. It is recommended to wash in cold and with short spin. This type of fabrics can be dried peacefully in the air and later stored until next year. In this case, yes we can use plastic bags to keep the garment throughout the summer in perfect condition next winter.
There are five basic tips to ensure that winter clothing is in perfect condition after each wash:
1. Follow the instructions marked on the label. Frequently the damages suffered by the garments after washing them are due to the fact that basic rules of washing and drying that are given by the manufacturer, such as the composition and needs of the garment, the temperature of the water or the washing system are ignored.
2. Use softeners. There are several winter garments made from fabrics that tend to gain stiffness over time, such as jeans , polyester clothing or nylon. The use of a good softener will help to take care of the most delicate items and prevent them from losing their elasticity and softness over time.
3. Washing modes according to the composition of the clothes. It is essential to correctly choose the washing mode of the washing machine to ensure that the garments are subjected to the most appropriate according to their delicacy. Thus, for colored or synthetic cotton garments, it is best to use a maximum temperature of 60ºC, while for white cotton clothing a temperature between 60ºC and 90ºC may be used. In addition, when washing synthetic quilts, it is recommended to wash independently of the rest of the laundry and at a temperature of 60ºC.
4. The pens are not soap-friendly. Feathers are another of the star elements of winter fashion for its warmth and texture. To wash jackets or coats of feathers, remember that you do not have to increase the level of soap that is charged in the washing machine. In fact, it is recommended not to add products to the wash, as this will cause the garments of feathers to become caked.
5. Include those 'forgotten' garments. Finally, we must remember that sometimes there is a tendency to forget to wash clothes usually with less body contact such as gloves, hats or scarves. Error! Although it seems that for reasons of hygiene is not so necessary to wash this type of accessories, the truth is that the materials that compose them also suffer wear. That is why it is important that they are included on a regular basis in the laundry so that they continue to look the same as the first day.
As you can see, it is always simpler than it seems. You no longer have an excuse not to leave your winter clothes in perfect condition until next winter. And there is not much time left for this moment to arrive, because the best thing that the winter has started is that there is very little left to see it finish!