Like any piece of clothing, knitwear requires a bit of care to keep it looking its best. So how do you take care of your knitwear? Here are tips to help you keep your favourite sweaters and scarves looking fabulous.
Follow the Care Instructions on the Garment Label
Every knitwear garment has care instructions on the label. These instructions are there for a reason, and following them is the best way to keep your garment looking its best. Always start by checking the label before you wash your knitwear. Look for symbols that indicate the water temperature, drying method, and whether or not bleach can be used. If you’re not sure what a symbol means, consult a care label dictionary.
Shave Your Knitwear
A little light shaving can actually do wonders for your knitwear. It can help to remove pilling, restore shape, and even make your garments softer. Of course, you’ll need to be careful not to damage the fabric. We recommend using a gentle razor with sharp blades. And be sure to shave in the direction of the grain to avoid snags. With a little care, you can keep your knitwear looking new for years to come.
We can’t stress this enough. No matter how strong you think, the knitwear is, avoid washing it in the washing machine. It’s best to hand wash all your knitwear with a soft detergent designed for woollens and avoid wringing or stretching the clothing while it’s wet. Also, be sure to wash your knitwear with mild detergents designed for delicates. Harsh chemicals and detergents in laundry soap can cause fibres to break down, leading to pilling, shrinkage, and other damage.
Here are more tips you should follow when washing your knitwear:
- Avoid hot water: Hot water can cause fibres to shrink and warp, so it’s best to avoid it altogether when washing your sweaters and other delicate items. Instead, use cool water and a gentle detergent designed for hand-washing. Soak the garment for a few minutes, then carefully squeeze out the water (don’t wring it out, as this can also damage the fibres).
- Use mesh bag: If you must machine-wash, put your garments in a mesh bag (this will protect them from getting snagged or tangled).
- Always Air-Dry: Whatever you do, never put your knitwear in the dryer. The heat will cause the fibres to shrink and stretch out of shape. Instead, air-dry your knitwear on a sweater rack or by hanging it over a shower rod. The steam from the shower will help smooth out any wrinkles. And if you must use a dryer for your knitwear, be sure to set it to the lowest temperature setting and use a delicate cycle.
These are just a few tips to help you keep your knitwear in perfect condition. By following these simple tips, you can enjoy your favourite sweaters and scarves for years to come. So go ahead and take care of your knitwear! It’s worth it.
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