In my opinion, winter clothes are the ones that need a little extra love and attention when it comes to making sure they’ll last longer. After all, winter clothes weren’t just made to have us look ultra chic in a coat, but they were meant to keep us warm during the coldest winters. This only means that we should think of them as investments, ones that should last us a year or two at least.
One of the ways to avoid premature destruction of clothing is prevention. So for today’s article, I’ll be showing you a few tips and tricks when it comes to taking care of your winter clothes.
Winter Clothes Care Basics You Need In Your Life
This post was originally posted on Cute Outfits and shared with permission.
Your winter clothes are the thickest and bulkiest in your wardrobe, and it can really be a daunting task to keep them in perfect condition for years. And even if you plan on refreshing your wardrobe every year, winter clothes still have to brave the harsh cold winds and rough snow. But don’t fret girls, there are tried and tested tricks to give your clothes and accessories more protection. With a bit of effort, some ingenuity, and common household items, caring for your winter clothes can be simple and stress-free. Trust me!
Boots can easily wear and tear in the winter season, which is why you have to give them even more TLC.
- Your boots’ worst enemies are salt stains and water damage. What you can do is spray a protective sealant on your boots and let it dry before wearing them. It will help keep make your boots more durable and protected from dirt.
- Already got salt stains? Do spot treatment. If you have suede boots, use a soft pink eraser. For leather boots, use a mixture of water and vinegar in equal parts and wipe the stain.
- If you want your leather boots to keep that shine, using alcohol-free wipes can do the trick. But please, test the reaction first.
- If your boots are soaked, let them air dry. You can also stuff newspaper balls inside your boots to absorb moisture.
- If you got those tall boots, avoid leg creases by using rolled up magazines.
2. Tights & Stockings
We’ve all been there. We hate the holes and the runs. Finally, here are some tricks to keep your tights in good condition for the long haul:
- Already got a run? Use hairspray or clear nail polish to keep the fibers together.
- It is best to hand wash and air dry your tights. However, if you don’t have time to do that, put them in a mesh washing bag when you throw your tights in the washer. Make sure it doesn’t get mixed with clothes that have sharp hooks. Once the washing cycle is done, air dry it. Using the dryer can destroy the fibers.
- Plastic storage is best for tights. Wooden drawers can cause runs.
- How to prevent holes on your tights? Make sure to always trim your toenails to avoid those nasty snags. Also, wear thin socks before wearing your tights. It helps eases the friction between your foot and the shoes since tights are pretty thin.
We can’t live without our ever-reliable sweaters. Here’s how to care for them properly:
- Hand wash your sweaters. Nothing works best than your hands, girl. For drying, just air dry them flat on a surface.
- Is your sweater stained? Do not leave it soaked under water as the colors can bleed and fade easily. Instead, wash it for 5-10 minutes tops.
- What about those piling and snags? Use a sweater comb for delicate sweaters, while you can use a fabric shaver or Velcro hair roller to remove the piling.
- For storage, fold them and do not hang them. The hangers can make them stretchy!
Coats are one of the priciest things you can buy this winter. So, learn every trick in the book to keep your coats in perfect shape!
- For stains, immediately blot the stain away with cold water and an absorbent cloth. Remember, blot not rub!
- To remove hair, dirt and debris on your wool coat, use a natural bristled coat brush. Stay away from lint rollers please.
- Is the zipper stuck? Petroleum jelly and olive oil should help a lot.
- Washing a coat can be a bit tricky. It is advised to only wash your coat twice a year. And when you do put it in the washer, add two tennis balls in the mix to prevent clumping.
- Instead of washing, coats are better off being dry cleaned. We know that dry cleaning services can be pricey so I’m advising you to buy a dry cleaner for your home. It might not be that cheap but at least you get to use that anytime and with anything too (gowns, linens, etc.)
- Use sturdy hangers for hanging heavy coats. Don’t try to fit them into small plastic hangers.
Finally, something that won’t be hard on you. For your go-to winter fashion accessories like gloves, scarves and hats, make sure to wash them every week. Feel free to wash them more frequently as this will also depend on how much you use them. What we want is to keep them clean all the time, no more, no less.