Caring For Embellished Fabrics
Embellishments such as lace, sequins, beads, crystals, studs, applique’ and glitter just to name a few have become a standard in many of the clothing we wear today. The care of embellished clothing is very important to ensure your investment lasts and stays as amazing as the day you made your purchase.
Dry cleaning is best and finding a dry cleaner who is knowledgeable in the care of embellished clothing and uses the gentlest products for your clothing and the environment is key. Interviewing dry cleaners is always recommended.
Newer washing machines have a hand wash cycle and wool dryer balls can be used in place of fabric softeners for dryers with an air/gentle cycle. Always be aware of the type of water coming from your tap. Hard water will invariably leave a residue on your clothing that may discolor the fabric and the embellishments.
- spot treat first, use a cotton swab to treat spot stains.
- cold water only
- turn inside out
- hand wash
- Swish fabrics if they are very soiled.
- lay flat to dry
- steam to remove wrinkles
- store in dust proof bag
- Close all buttons, zippers, snaps etc..
- use hot water
- agitate, as you may bend sequins or detach the embellishments from the fixtures or glues.
The following are idea to try at home to keep your garments in great shape for less money. Please note that we are not garment care experts and do highly recommend that you read all care tags and consult a laundering professional for the best results.
A cap of vinegar in a gallon of cool water can be used to assist in removing strong smells from fabric. The smell of the vinegar will dissipate as the clothing dries.
Mix one-part baking soda, one part hydrogen peroxide, one part water. You will need about one-fourth cup of each ingredient to treat one shirt. Protect your countertop or work area with a thick white towel, rub the solution into stains and allow it to sit for at least 30 minutes. Use an old soft toothbrush or bristle brush to loosen any residue and then wash as usual in warm or cold water.
Gentle Handmade Laundry Detergent
- 3drops lemon essential oil
- ¼ cup baking soda
- 1 tbsp vegetable glycerin
- 1 gallon purified water
DIY Delicate Laundry Detergent
- 1 1/2 cups washing soda to soften water.
- 1/2 cup pure soap flakes for stain removal.
- 2 tablespoons Epsom salt for fabric softening.
- 3 tablespoons hydrogen peroxide (3.5 percent pharmaceutical grade) for whitening and brightening fabrics.
- 1/4 cup distilled white vinegar for odor reduction.
Care of Specialty Fabrics
Bamboo fabric is desirable because it is extremely soft to the touch, highly absorbent, and even has some natural antibacterial properties to reduce perspiration odor during wear. Because of the softness and smoothness of the fabric, it is ideal for anyone susceptible to skin irritation. The fabrics ability to absorb moisture and porous qualities make it a breathable fabric which also helps regulate skin temperatures. Bamboo clothes resist wrinkling, drape well over the body, and are biodegradable
Always dry low to keep the fabrics shape and reduce shrinkage.
The rule of thumb for all pure wool clothing and blankets is to always wash in cold water and gently wring or use a delicate (washer) cycle and low-action washer spin. A hand-wash cycle is also a good choice. It is no longer necessary to hand-wash many woolen items, as most washers now have a delicate agitation cycle accompanied by a low spin.
Heat can and usually does shrink woolens, reducing them in size and ruining their appearance. It can also affect how a garment drapes. Cold water and gentle washing will help keep your woolens in good condition. It is why a dryer, regardless if it has an enhanced gentle or a tumble dry setting, is not recommended.
Lame’ is a fabric woven or knit with thin ribbons of metallic fiber an issue with lamé is that it is subject to seam or yarn slippage, making it less than ideal for garments with frequent usage. Lamé is often used in evening and dress wear.
To treat surface stains from food spills, carefully lift away any solid residue with a blunt knife or the edge of a spoon. Never rub the stain as it pushes the food deeper into fibers. Instead, blot the stain with a clean white cloth while it is fresh. Then apply a bit of clean water with a clean white cloth and blot some more. Follow care label directions or preferably consult a professional dry cleaner immediately. When dropping off the garment, point out stain and identify it to the cleaner to make the removal easier.
Stains and perspiration may cause the metallic yarn to tarnish. A bit of lemon juice and salt can remove tarnish from lame’. Mix the lemon juice and salt and apply with a cotton swab. Let work for several minutes and then blot away tarnish with a clean white cloth dipped in cool water, place the garment between two clean white towels and blot until almost dry, allow to air dry away from direct heat or sunlight.
Metallic threads should never be exposed to high heat, such as a dryer or clothes iron. Use a clothes steamer to remove wrinkles. Keep the steamer nozzle at minimum 12 inches away from the garment.
All denim is colored with an indigo dye process and will always have some amount of fading when washing. High end denim should always be taken to the dry cleaner, but that cannot always be done and is costly. The following tips will help abate the cost of a dry cleaner and extend the life of your denim.
- Turning your jeans inside out will help stop fading and wearing and protect the embellishments.
- Limit the amount of items in the machine, helping with abrasions.
- If your denim is distressed, wash on delicate to keep the distressed points from becoming too worn.
- Wash in cold and use a detergent specifically made for denim or dark clothing.
- To avoid wrinkles, remove promptly from the washing machine. Avoid drying completely to avoid shrinkage.
- ALWAYS read the label inside your jeans before laundering.
The CF Girl