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Winter Sweater Care

Our glorious winter sweaters are one of our most treasured pieces of our wardrobe. They’re soft, fluffy and keep us warm and cozy all season long. This is a tough job, though, and our sweaters start to show signs of wear from it much earlier than we’d like. Keep these tips in mind to get the most lifespan out of your winter sweaters. And when it comes time to clean them, you can count on your local Kitsilano dry cleaners to take precious care of them.

Take Care of Those Sweater Pills

Sweater pills are a pill in and of themselves. They’re those little fuzzballs that accumulate on your sweaters making them look old and worn. Friction, such as your purse or bag rubbing against your sweater, causes these ugly pills. You can’t necessarily prevent pilling, as it’s called, but you can easily rid your sweaters of them when you see them develop.

There are a variety of methods you can employ to remove sweater pills. One of the most basic tools you can use is a simple razor blade. Gently scrape the pills off your sweater like you’re lightly shaving it. You can also try a battery-operated lint shaver, a sweater comb or a sweater pumice stone. Regularly removing your sweater pills is an easy, cheap process that keeps your sweaters looking their best all season long.

Increase Time Between Washes

You don’t want to overwash your sweater, as the washing process does break down the fabrics over time. But over time, your body’s natural oils, your perfume, deodorant and sweat also build up on the fabric and cause it to break down. So if you wash your sweater too much, it can wear down, and if you wash it too little, your body wears it down. It would seem that you and your sweater have reached an impasse, so where do you go from here?

One great solution to this conundrum is to wear a light tee-shirt under your sweaters. Tank tops can help certain areas of your sweaters too, but they don’t protect your sweater’s pits like a tee-shirt does. A thin, washable tee-shirt serves as a barrier between your skin and you sweater, making it less likely that your skin’s components will harm the fabric. Over time, you may notice that your tee’s looking a little worn and thin, but your sweater will be just as pristine as always.

Store it Away for Next Season

Yes, storage plays a huge factor in the longevity of your sweaters. If you store your sweaters away at the end of each winter without washing them, the oils and buildup we mentioned earlier will eat away at your sweater’s fibers even as its laying in you dresser drawers. Always wash your sweaters before you put them away for the season to ensure they are fresh and clean when you reach for them again next winter.

Take Care of Your Sweaters at Kitsilano Dry Cleaners

When it is time for your sweaters to have a good wash, bring them to your local Kitsilano dry cleaners at West Boulevard Cleaners. Our eco-friendly dry cleaning alternative will keep your sweaters looking as fresh and new as the day you bought them, with no residual chemical smell. Contact us today if you’d like to learn more.