~ Guest Post by Tina
Clothes are an integral part of a person’s life. People require clothes in every stage of life. Whether a person is going to work or he is attending a party or he is going out for a sports day, he needs the essential clothes for all occasions. Clothes should be protected by proper care-taking steps and should be kept in the best of conditions so that their life is prolonged. Prolonging the life of clothes allows a person to consistently add to his wardrobe and use specific clothing items for specific events. It is not physically possible to buy a new clothing item every time a person requires it for a particular event. Following are some easy steps and tips to take care of clothes to prolong and add to their life span:
- Minimize the washing of the clothes
Clothes should only be washed when they are highly required to. They should not be washed after every time they are worn. Washing makes clothes go through a process of being rinsed and washed with washing powder which consist of harmful chemicals and affects the look of the clothes. Washing powders may provide the clothes with a fresh and clean feeling but eventually affects the life span of the clothes and reduces it to a bare minimum. A reduction in washing the clothes will allow the clothes to last longer and will not damage the material of the clothing.
- Wash the clothes by hand instead of a washing machine
There is a big difference between washing clothes in a washing machine as compared to having them washed by hand. Materials are less likely to get damaged by washing them by hand since the process is carried out carefully. A washing machine on the other hand is an electronic appliance which does not detect sensitive clothes or wash them with care. Automatic washing machines have options of different kinds of washes for instance, heavy duty washes, light washes, double washes, etc. However, they operate without sensing the sensitivity of the clothes which causes damage to the clothes in the long run.
- Provide air-ventilation for Clothes
The crossing of air through clothes is an essential part of the care-taking process. Clothes should not be stored in air-tight storages or packing since they tend to affect the quality of the clothes and even damage the clothes in extreme heat. Clothes should be stored in closets or cupboards which are frequently accessed allowing air to pass through the clothes. This retains the freshness of the clothes and also ensures that weather changes do not influence them. Air-ventilation is also essential for clothes that are frequently worn, for example, a person wearing formal clothes everyday to work should keep the formal clothes in a place which is easily accessible and air is passed through. This prevents odor from being created in the clothes as well which eventually is unsafe for the person wearing them.
- Have sensitive clothes dry-cleaned
There are particular materials which are advised not to wash. These materials are then dry-cleaned instead. A person owning such clothes can either send them to a professional dry-cleaner service or can have the facility of dry-cleaning at home. The process of dry-cleaning does not involve any water. It consists of machinery where the clothes are inserted and cleaned off by dry methods.
- Timely exposure to sunlight
Clothes also require a fair share of being exposed to sunlight which eliminates the traces of any bacteria being formed in the clothes. Sunlight also provides freshness to the clothes. Keeping the clothes stored in dark areas affects the fabric by creating bacteria and other harmful germs in it. Sunlight is a natural resource of removing such germs and keeps the clothes wearable for a long period of time.
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