Hueloom's Garment Care Guide

Hueloom's Garment Care Guide

"Care for your clothes like the good friends they are."
— Joan Crawford
 
Garments ending up in landfills or incinerators, premature to their maximum wear age is a lead contributor to greenhouse gas emissions. Every garment is made to be reused to a certain extent, buying good quality outfits that last longer is just the first step, taking care of them and maintaining their longevity is the challenge.
 
Following are some tips and tricks to keep your outfits good as new for long
Tips to take care of your garments properly
 
1. Wash less
Machine wash with toxic stain and odor removal chemicals can cause severe damage to fabrics. Garments such as denims and winter clothes don't need to be washed after every wear, air drying them to lose the odor is a better way to prolong the life of the fabrics. Use of sustainable detergent alternatives like the soap nut helps lower chemical damage. While cleaning out stains, try to spot wash the stain rather than the whole piece of clothing, this limits water wastage and fabric structural damage.
 
2. Don't use machine dryer
Machine dryers tumble dry the fabrics while exposing them to high temperatures. This process weakens the fabric. Use a clothesline or a hanging dryer to dry your clothes after a wash cycle, these procedures of drying limit fabric shrinkage and prolong the life of the garment.
 
3. Separate your delicates and separate based on color
While washing your clothes, always separate them based on color (Darks & lights) and mass of the fabric (Denim, cotton, etc.). Based on the instructions given on the garment care tags, segregate your garments for washing. This separation assures no color bleeding into other garments and wear and tear due to friction when washed together.
 
4. Use a steamer for wrinkles
General clothes iron functions at very high temperatures. Even with the lowest heat setting on, exposing garments to such temperatures can cause damage and affect its durability. Using a steamer to remove wrinkles can be a better alternative as no heated surface directly contacts with the fabric’s surface other than steam, which condenses at a quicker rate once it contacts the surface of the fabric flattening any wrinkles.
 
5. Store with care
Once done with the cleaning routine, store your clothes with care. Make sure there are no pests or persistent moisture that can cause damage to your garments. Using sealed packages to store garments that are rarely worn helps prevent dust accumulation and pest-related damages.
 
Follow these few tips during your next wash cycle and prolong the life of your wardrobe. Always follow the garment care tag that comes with the outfits, and let's maintain a routine that is sustainable for our clothes and for the world around.
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