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Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Tips to Help Reduce Fading

I’m a huge fan of black.  I wear it year round.  But one thing I hate about black clothing – particularly black pants – is the fading.  Then that garment quickly goes from one I love to one I never wear.    I seem to notice it most with black but fading is something to be mindful of when dealing with any bright colored garment.  Unfortunately, fading occurs not only when you clean your clothes but also when you wear a garment too. 

Regrettably I can't do much about the sun, but I can offer these tips for when you clean your clothes to help you keep your colors bright:

  • I know we’ve said this time and again but always check the garment’s care label and follow the directions.  Not following the care label is the number one reason garments are ruined.
  • Be sure to wash like colors together in cold water.
  • Turn clothes inside out.  This applies to both washing and drying.  Turning garments inside out will help for instance by reducing pilling on knits which dulls the look of the fabric.  Keep them turned inside out when drying – especially if line drying.  If line drying, don’t leave them out too long and strategically place them on the line so as to minimize sun exposure.  Consider avoiding the dryer completely on black items; I hang my black items to dry in the laundry room.  If you do opt to use a clothes dryer, don’t over dry your clothes.
  • Don’t overload your washing machine.  Clothes in overloaded washers don’t move around freely.  When they are removed, they may smell clean but still have stains and more likely, un-dissolved laundry detergent on them.

Now it’s your turn.  Do you have a garment fading story to share?  Tell us below or on Facebook , Twitter, or Google+.

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