It's finally time to break out the sweaters!! Are you able to feel it? It's time to dig those adorable sweaters out of storage or the depths of the back of your wardrobe because you're going to be living in them for the next half a year. If you take good care of your pullovers and cardigans, you'll be able to wear them for a longer period of time and enjoy their cozy company. Here are some of our best recommendations for increasing their lifespan.
Every 3 to 5 wears, wash your sweaters:
In this regard, sweaters are somewhat analogous to jeans. They are able to tolerate a little bit more wear than your more delicate pieces, particularly due to the fact that they are frequently worn as layers over tops and tees. Cotton, silk, and cashmere should all be washed after three or four wears, but wool and wool blends can last for five or more wears before needing to be cleaned.
Observe the care instructions on the tag:
The majority of cotton and cotton mixes can be washed in a machine, however, cashmere must always be washed by hand or cleaned in a dry cleaning machine.
Your sweaters should air dry:
What is the secret to quickly drying your sweaters without having to put them in the dryer? After you have rolled your sweater in a towel like a sushi roll to remove excess water (remember to never squeeze it), you should lay it out flat. When cashmere becomes wet, it can take up to two days for it to dry completely, so make sure you give it enough time to air dry before putting it back in your wardrobe. The use of a salad spinner to remove extra water from a sweater is yet another clever and entertaining tip. After that, put it out to dry flat.
To store your sweaters, fold them:
Instead of hanging your sweaters, you should always fold them for optimal storage. When you hang them, the shoulders become stretched out and an odd shape is created.
Have you ever chosen not to wear a wonderful sweater because it was just too unpleasant and itchy to do so? Soak it for half an hour in cool water containing a little bit of liquid fabric softener.
Dispense with sweater moths:
Putting your sweaters away in garment bags is the most effective way to protect them from getting holes caused by moths. You can get these in bulk from Baciano or The Container Store, or you could just use huge baggies with zip-lock closures instead.
Stretchy Cuffs That Have Shrunk:
Put the crooked cuff into a big cup filled with hot water to straighten it out. Adjust the shape of the cuff as necessary. The use of a hair dryer to dry the cuff will assist in returning it to its original size.
Without going to the tailor, fix snags or holes:
Flip the sweater so that the inside is facing out. Pull the extra yarn through to the inside of the sweater using a crochet hook or a sewing needle. Tie a knot around the snag to secure it. Simply turning it over will make it disappear from public view.
Pilling is a pill. You can demonstrate your dominance over those itty-bitty balls of fuzz by shaving your sweater using an inexpensive razor. The Sweater Stone, which is a natural volcanic pumice stone and comes from The Laundress, is another product that we adore as it is great for removing pills and refreshing the finish on heavier-knit items.
It is recommended that most sweaters be hand cleaned so that they will last longer and the fabric will not become damaged. To wash a sweater by hand, fill a sink or bucket with lukewarm water, add a few squirts of a mild laundry detergent, then completely submerge the sweater and let it soak for around half an hour. After that, give it a last rinsing in some cold water.