Fall fashion is all about layering and textures. To keep your fabrics looking their best, be sure to care for them properly. So far, we’ve discussed upkeep for suede and leather. Now we’re discussing the quintessential fall staple – sweaters.
- Store knitwear folded and not hanging. The delicate structure of the fabric can warp due to the weight of garment if hung for a long period of time.
- Be careful not to store your delicate knits next to other items that could potentially snag or pull the fabric, such as items with buckles or buttons.
- When storing sweaters during the warmer months, use cedar balls to prevent moth attacks.
Read the care labels and follow the instructions to a T. It can be tempting to throw a garment in the wash that should be hand washed, but resist! Use the following procedure for hand washing, taking into account any extra instructions on the care label:
- Soak the garment in soapy water for 5 minutes (at the temperate indicated on the care label).
- Very gently rub any spots that are noticeably dirty or smelly.
- Swirl the garment in the soapy water for a minute.
- Rinse in cool water.
- Gently squeeze water from the sweater, being careful not to wring or twist the garment, which will distort the shape.
- Lay the sweater on a large dry towel and roll it up like a sleeping blanket.
- Carefully squeeze the towel to remove more water from the garment.
- Unwrap and lay flat to dry. Be sure to reshape the garment while wet if needed.
Knits can pill when the fabric rubs against itself or other garments. To remove, use a sharp shaving razor, and run it along the surface of the sweater while holding the fabric taut.
For larger pulls or snags, find an opening in the weave beside the pull and use a bobby pin, crochet hook or needle to push the pull through the opening to the inside of the garment.