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Different Fabrics

Washing clothes in the washing machine seems easy, right? Turn on the washing machine, throw the clothes in, set it to any setting, then throw the clothes into the dryer and set it to the highest temperature. After that, throw the clothes in the dryer and set it to the highest temperature, and finally pile the clothes in the hamper and you're done. If you did your laundry this way, guess what would happen? What? Big mistake! You can actually extend the life of your clothes with just a little extra time and effort. You may have your dream and you may have the perfect closet for your dreams, stuffed with beautiful dresses, but if you don't know how to take care of them, all is lost. So, let's go through the most common types of fabric—and talk about the right way to care for each of them.

1. COTTON: Hot Water Wash — Tumble Dry Warm

Cotton is a worldwide favorite for comfortable, versatile clothing. A natural fiber, cotton can be found in garments as casual as a T-shirt or as elaborate as a ball gown.

Your cotton sheets and shirts are machine washable and dryable, and you can iron the wrinkles out. Check the label and be sure to match the right water temperature to the color. You can usually wash white cotton in hot water, and warm or cool water is fine for colors. Be careful not to over-dry cotton, because they tend to shrink.

2. Wool: Hand Wash — Air Dry

Wool is not alkali resistant, so it should be washed with gentle detergent or soap tablets. Wool fabric should not be washed at a temperature of more than 40°C to prevent shrinkage, and should not be scrubbed in the washing machine. After washing, do not wring, squeeze by hand to remove water, and then drain. Should be in a cool and ventilated place to dry, do not dry at high temperature or strong sunlight exposure, in order to prevent the fabric losing luster and elasticity and causing a decline in strength.

3. Linen: Cool Water Wash — Air Dry

Linen fabrics are more breathable than cotton fabrics, but weaving is also more difficult than cotton. There will be some difficulties in the daily maintenance. First of all, linen clothes must be washed with cold water. Even warm water is not suitable, because the color fastness of clothes like this is very poor. If the water temperature with the water is too high, it is easy to cause fading. Secondly, pay attention to the use of neutral detergent or laundry detergent when cleaning linen clothes, and finally turn the garment inside out, and use a hot iron with a steam setting to restore its good look.

4. Polyester: Cool Water Wash — Tumble Dry Warm or Air Dry

Polyester fabric is a kind of chemical fiber garment fabric used very frequently in daily life. Its biggest advantage is that it has good wrinkle resistance and keeps its shape, so it is suitable for making jacket clothing, all kinds of bags and tents and other outdoor products.

Most polyester fabrics may be machine-washed using warm water, but check care labels first. They may be machine washed using warm water, but check care labels first. They can be washed with various detergents or soaps, and of course, dried at a low temperature.

5. Silk

Lustrous silk is one of the most luxurious fabrics, and for a good reason. Few materials—natural or synthetic—can match the fiber that comes from silkworm cocoons. If the label tells you to dry clean only, you should probably do so. But once mastering a good method at home you can also clean it yourself.

Silk fibers are protein fibers composed of many amino acids, which are easily hydrolyzed in alkaline solutions and thus lose their sturdiness. Therefore, it should be paid attention that the water temperature should not be too high. The second cleaning, you should adopt an alkalescence advanced detergent or silk special detergent, and then gently rub it. To wash it clean, you can add a little vinegar to the water for over acid, you can keep the luster of the silk fabric. Do not use the dryer drying as well as put it in the hot sun to dry, but should be in a cool and ventilated place to dry. Before the clothes are completely dry, you should take them back and then iron dry.

One final important point:

Remember, whatever you're wearing, always refer to those laundry symbols for the best cleaning practices. Your clothes will look better, and they might even last longer.

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