Whether you purchase high-end or bargain-basement clothing, it’s important to know how to take proper care of your clothes. Taking off your clothes is a practice that is best achieved when you have the proper tools and knowledge to effectively safeguard the life of the garment.
Clothes are an investment. Unfortunately, many people don’t realize that different fabrics require different wash/dry methods – and end up with something that was worn once and then ended up in the waste due to incorrect care. From natural fabrics such as silk, cotton, denim, and hemp, to synthetics like nylon and Acetate, the information below has clear instructions on how to care for different types of trouser fabrics.
Cotton is cool, soft, and comfortable. Garments made of cotton absorb and release perspiration quickly. They’re durable but wrinkle easily. When washing them you should machine wash in warm water and iron at a high temperature.
Denim characteristics include being made from tightly woven cotton. Garments are breathable, absorbent like cotton, but heavier and more durable. When washing denim, you should machine wash and keep the color from fading turn the garment inside out before washing. Use warm water and when ironing uses a high temperature.
Hemp is woven with fiber from the stems of the cannabis Sativa plant. This unique fabric is similar to linen in feel and appearance. It is three times stronger than cotton and is resistant to mold, mildew, and rot. Hemp is easily died and absorbs and releases perspiration quickly but wrinkles easily. Interestingly it is UV resistant. When washing, it will soften with each wash. Hemp should be washed in cold water. Iron on a high temperature when the fabric is still damp.
Leather can be difficult to care for. The characteristics of this fabric are that is commonly made of pig, lamb, or cowhide. Leather requires chemicals to cure it. It absorbs and releases perspiration quickly, it is durable, flexible, and comes in a variety of finishes. Leather repels liquids and stains and is fire resistant. Washing leather requires special care and cleaning. You should let it dry naturally and avoid heat or humidity. If ironing is called for, use the lowest setting on steam and cover with a heavy piece of paper.
Linen is woven from stems of flax. It is two times the strength of cotton. It absorbs and releases perspiration quickly. Linen is lightweight but it doesn’t stretch but and it also wrinkles easily. It is highly recommended to hand wash or dry clean using lukewarm temperature never hot or cool. Ironing should be done while the fabric is still damp using a press cloth between garment and fabric. Turn the fabric inside out to avoid iron marks and shine.
Silk is known for its versatility softness and comfort. It is the strongest natural fiber. Like many of the previous fabrics, it absorbs and releases perspiration quickly. Silk is easily died, retains shape, and drapes well. It can be weakened by sunlight and perspiration. When washing silk it is important to read the care instructions. Depending on how the silk is treated it may be dry clean only, or hand wash or machine washable in lukewarm water. If ironing, note that high iron settings can cause yellowing of the fabric. Always use a press cloth between garment and iron.
Wool varies from scratchy to extremely soft. It absorbs 30% of its weight in moister feeling damp. It absorbs and releases moisture quickly. Wool is dirt and flame resistant. It is stronger when it’s dry and acts as an insulator. This is one fabric that is predominantly dry clean only, however, some washable wools do exist. One thing that is truly awesome about wool is that it does not need cleaning after every wear. When ironing use low heat and steam and turn the fabric inside out to avoid iron marks and shine.