How to Care for Fabrics
Proper fabric care keeps your clothing looking fresh, vibrant, and in excellent condition.
Proper fabric care keeps your clothing looking fresh, vibrant, and in excellent condition. It may be tempting to take shortcuts, but by following these tips you can ensure the longevity of your favourite pieces.
Understand Fabric Types
Different fabrics require different care methods, cycles and temperatures when washing. Familiarise yourself with the care labels on your clothes to determine the recommended washing instructions. Following the recommended care instructions will ensure that you treat your clothing appropriately and prevent any long-lasting damage.
Sort Your Laundry
To keep your fabrics looking vibrant and prevent colour fading, sort your laundry by colour. Wash light-coloured garments together and separate dark or bright-coloured items to avoid any bleeding onto the light-coloured items.
Tackle stains promptly to prevent them from setting into the fabric permanently. Blot the stain gently with a clean cloth and avoid rubbing to prevent pushing it further into the fabric. Pre-treat the stain with a suitable stain remover before washing for the best chance at removing it.
Avoid Overloading the Washing Machine
Overloading the washing machine can lead to ineffective cleaning and increased wear and tear on your clothes as your laundry will move around in one large mass. Follow the recommended instructions regarding load capacity for your machine and avoid cramming too many clothes into it. This will allow the detergent to circulate properly, removing dirt and stains, resulting in cleaner and better-cared for clothes.
Invest in a Gentle Detergent
When it comes to washing your clothes, opt for a gentle detergent - we recommend Town Talk's Fine Fabric Wash. It is suitable for a wide range of clothing including delicate materials such as silk, cashmere and wool as it will remove dirt without damaging fibres. Infused with fresh, clean scents it will also leave your laundry smelling delightful.
Use a Fabric Conditioner
Fabric conditioning is a great way to add softness and fragrance to your garments. Town Talk's Spring Blossom Fabric Conditioner will leave your clothes feeling extra soft with a pleasant scent of Spring Blossom. Add it to the wash cycle, and enjoy the luxurious feel of your fabrics. For items such as towels, sportswear, water-resistant items or baby clothes, skip the Fabric Conditioner - our Fabric Wash alone will do the trick.
Air-Dry Whenever Possible
Tumble drying can be harsh on fabrics, causing shrinkage, fading, and damage. Whenever possible, air dry your clothes by hanging them or laying them flat on a clean surface. Hanging clothes will help to maintain their shape, while flat drying is ideal for items that are prone to stretching.
Iron With Care
Ironing is an essential step in fabric care to achieve a polished and wrinkle-free appearance but it is important to iron with care. You can enhance your ironing routine with Town Talk's Ironing Spray - it helps to relax fabric fibres, making it easier to remove wrinkles. Simply spray the product lightly onto the fabric before ironing, and follow the garment's care label instructions for the appropriate ironing temperature to prevent marks or burns.
In order to maintain the quality of your clothes, proper storage is crucial. Ensure that your clothes are clean and dry before folding neatly or hanging on suitable hangers so that they maintain their shape.