How often in your life have you had a pair of pants or shirt that you just absolutely loved, only to watch it fade and get threadbare with heavy wear, whether it’s years or months? Then, when it’s no longer looking good, you have to face the fact that you’ll never find another one.
While no article of clothing will last forever, there are a number of things you can do to extend the life of your garments and keep them looking great for years to come. Follow these tips for how you can keep your clothes strong and looking like brand new for a long time to come, and how Kitsilano dry cleaners can help.
Protecting Clothes…from the Washer
Did you know that the things which put more wear and tear on your clothes than anything else are your washer and dryer? That’s right; the more you pop them in the washing machine, the more of a beating they take. Everyone’s accidentally shrunk a top, or had dry-clean-only clothes fall apart after a mistaken trip to the washer.
In the end, the key to keeping your clothes looking and feeling new is to protect them from the washing machine!
Use the Right Settings
Be gentle with your clothes. The vast majority of laundry loads do not require high heat or heavy wash cycles. Use the gentle cycle and cold water. You’d be amazed at how clean your clothes get. As a bonus, you’ll save energy since you won’t be heating water and the machine won’t be working as hard. It’s an eco-friendly cost-saving method of protecting your clothes!
Mesh Laundry Bags
Mesh laundry bags are exactly what they sound like — mesh bags into which you seal your dirty laundry. Then you dump the whole bag in the wash. They’re inexpensive, and they prevent tangles, rips and snags that can stretch and damage your clothes.
Turn Clothes Inside Out
This is an old piece of conventional wisdom that too many people fail to obey. It might take a few extra minutes, but turn everything inside-out before putting it in the wash. It’s better to have the inside of your clothes take a beating than out, and it’ll protect the colours, buttons, beading and the like.
Gentle, Eco-Friendly Detergents
All laundry detergents are not created equal. Choose a liquid detergent that is formulated to be gentle when used on clothes. If possible, get an environmentally-friendly and all-natural detergent. You can research various ones online and choose the best for you.
Hang Clothes to Dry
It’s old-school, but it works. Hanging your clothes outside to air dry will protect them from the ravages of tumble-dry machines. And they’ll smell great to boot!
Call Eco-Friendly Kitsilano Dry Cleaners
Consider using a gentle, eco-friendly professional service like the Kitsilano dry cleaners at West Boulevard Cleaners. Our process uses only water and 100% biodegradable detergent to protect your clothes while getting them completely clean. Give us a call today or stop in to drop off your laundry or just to get more information about who we are and what we do!