How to clean delicate or expensive outfits

12 03 2013


This image via Flickr Creative Commons from Ollie Crafoord

We all like to splash out on clothing from time to time – after all, the therapeutic benefits of a quick spot of retail therapy are well documented. But at a time when so many of us are feeling the financial pinch, it’s all the more important to ensure we get as much out of our clothing as we possibly can. There might be a great selection of ladies’ evening tops available, but you don’t want to have to keep replacing them all the time. It’s one thing to be a bit blasé about how you look after the less expensive items in your wardrobe, but when you really go to town and buy an item of clothing which you know is of genuine quality, it’s well worth making the effort to ensure it retains its charm and character for as long as possible. This is why you need to take great care when you clean expensive clothing.

An article from makes the point that unless you know how to take good care of fragile or expensive designer items of clothing, you could find they soon start to lose their allure. Unless you make the effort to keep your clothes clean and store them properly and in the right place, then they’ll start to look washed out, tatty or creased. This will basically render them unwearable – and there’s really no point going to the effort of buying expensive gear if you aren’t going to look after it. You could end up wasting hundreds or even thousands of pounds or your hard-earned cash, so you really need to think carefully about this.

An article from has a number of tips for those looking for advice on how to store clothing. Firstly, you need to remember that there is such a thing as excessive washing – of course you want to keep your clothes looking good, but washing them too frequently could end up having the opposite effect, so you need to be careful. Make sure you check your clothes before you put them in the wash and then assess what sort of condition they’re in. If your clothes are still fresh, then you can hang them up and wear them again. You don’t need to wash clothing after each time you wear it, although this is a trap many people fall into.

Also, if you notice any problems with your clothes then you should try to repair them straight away. Don’t procrastinate and put it off, because that’ll probably just make matters worse – and you may find that you either have to pay more to repair your clothes or that you have to buy new garments altogether. Needless to say, this could soon prove to be a pretty expensive affair. You should also ensure that you treat stains as quickly as possible. The longer you leave them, the more ingrained they’re likely to become – so don’t waste time and make sure you get them seen to.

It’s also well worth just following the instructions on the label of your garment as to how your clothes should be cleaned. It might be a good idea to check the label before you buy so you have an idea of what you can expect to have to do in order to keep your clothing looking at its best. Make sure you keep your more highly-prized items of clothing separate from the rest, so you don’t just end up flinging them all in the wash together.




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