The concept of slow fashion a few years ago looked like a funny fad, as if fashion decided to play its opposite, but today, thoughtful and conscious consumption has become a reality for millions of people. It is already safe to say that the habit of constantly buying new things is a thing of the past. The reasons are different: for some it is a reduction in income, for someone it is an attempt to build and discipline their own style, for someone it is concern for the environment.
More and more people today choose high-quality things that will last a long time, and strive to extend their life. In order for things to please you for a long time, you need to take care of them according to certain rules. We have collected the most common ones.
The choice of actions with different materials will be different for you, but in all cases you need to start with the information on the label.
How to wash, dry and iron clothes
— Cotton items should be sorted into white and colored items, and white items, in turn, into items made of dense fabric (usually bed linen, but it should just be washed separately, or shirts) and thin cotton.
— Dense white cotton usually tolerates the most aggressive procedures: washing at temperatures up to 95 degrees, bleaching, boiling and spinning at high speeds.
— The thinner and softer the cotton, the more delicate treatment it needs. So that a thing made of thin cotton does not sit down, the water temperature should be no more than 40 degrees.
— Lace must be washed by hand.
Before washing, you need to turn the item inside out, fasten all buttons and zippers.
— Cotton items should be ironed slightly damp or steamed.
— In the case of silk, you need to read the label especially carefully: it may turn out that the item cannot be washed at all.
— In other cases, silk is recommended to be washed by hand at a temperature not exceeding 40 degrees.
— Use a detergent for delicate fabrics.
— With some precautions, silk can also be washed in a typewriter: use a laundry bag, liquid detergent for delicate fabrics and a special no-spin mode.
— Silk cannot be twisted. You can gently wring it out by wrapping it in a towel.
— You can dry silk by spreading it on a soft cloth, or on a coat hanger; it is impossible — in the sun and near heaters.
— You need to iron silk from the inside, it is better when the thing is still damp.
— Practical and durable viscose still requires special care. It is better to use a product for delicate fabrics and water no higher than 30 degrees if the viscose is thin.
— When washing, avoid temperature fluctuations.
— Do not rub or twist the item.
— When washing in the machine, do not use laundry balls — they can deform the fabric.
— Viscose can be dried in the same way as silk.
— You need to iron things from the inside out, with steam or through damp gauze.
How to store things so they last longer
One of the important points when it comes to the life of a thing is the number of things in your active wardrobe. If you have one dress and you wear it every day, the age of the dress will not be long. The best thing is to change things and let them rest.
Proper storage is also important. The world’s most famous cleaning expert, Marie Kondo, explains in her book how she thinks the best way to store clothes is. The ideal place is not a closet familiar to us, but a chest of drawers in which you can lay out things so that they are all visible at the same time. If you do it differently and store things in piles, then the lower things in them are flattened, wrinkled, lose their appearance, and, finally, you very rarely wear them, because you can hardly see them.
Stacking is often the most obvious option, as our cabinets are designed; but if possible, choose storage options where things are arranged in one layer.