Catalan Clothing Care 101: How to Extend Your Clothes’ Lifespans
Our clothes are precious. They allow us to express ourselves and explore our individuality. Some would even say that they’re like our second skin. Naturally, as with all things precious, our clothes deserve the best care we can give. With proper care, our clothes can last for years, and they can even be passed down for future generations to enjoy.
With that, here are some of the best ways to extend your clothes’ lifespans.
Invest in garment bags
True to their name, delicates need to be treated delicately. If not handled with care, they can rip in the wash. By investing in garment bags, you can preserve their quality and give them an extra layer of protection while they’re being washed, lessening the chances of them ripping.
Turn your dark clothes inside out when washing
Do this to keep your dark clothes from fading. Washing them inside out prevents their coloring from running, and it preserves their quality. This trick also works for printed t-shirts.
Avoid overwashing clothes
Too much washing can end up damaging your clothes. Every time you wash, you are subjecting your clothes to water pressure and strong detergent-- not to mention they get stretched and pulled every which way while in your washing machine. The general rule is unless your clothes are sweaty, visibly dirty, or have an odor, you can afford to wait and wear them some more before tossing them in the wash.
Invest in high-quality clothing pieces
Nowadays, sustainability is key when it comes to your wardrobe. By selecting high-quality pieces, you are not only investing in style-- you’re also investing in durability and longevity. Consider purchasing clothes made from fabrics that have been proven to last long. While they may be a little pricier, they will be able to stand wear and tear and last you a long time.
Use cold water
Hot water can weaken fabric fibers and make clothes' colors run. Unless it’s for sanitation purposes or explicitly stated in your clothing’s care instructions, use cold water to wash your clothes.
Make your clothes last longer by giving them the care that they deserve. Click here to learn more about how you can keep your clothing pieces in tip-top shape.