Blog Post | 07/06/2023
Tips on How to Wash Knitted Clothes
Winter is coming! Knitwears are coming back in our wardrobes to keep us warm during the cold season. Your knitwear does not have to be expensive to give attention to it. Expensive or not, knitwears are luxury in nature. Its material requires the highest level of care and attention when it comes to washing. Here are some tips to help you care for your knitted clothes properly.
Read the wash label of the knitted clothes.
Take a look at the wash label first to know what temperatures it can be washed at, and whether it is washable by machine or only by handwash. The yarn material of the knitted clothes highly influences how they should be washed.
- Cotton, synthetic yarn, and bamboo fibers can be machine-washed.
- Wool and silk fibers have to be handwashed in cold water.
But whichever yarn material it is, do not tumble dry and bleach your knitted clothes.
Handwashing Knitted Clothes
If you are more comfortable handwashing your knitted clothes than sending them to a laundry delivery service, here is what you have to do to ensure you will not damage your knitted item even when you wear and use them several times:
- 1. Choose a gentle and color-safe detergent. Yarn dyes are sensitive, and using harsh detergent may cause them to bleed. This is why it is best to handwash them individually to avoid throwing them in the washer and regular clothes.
- 2. Mix the detergent with cold water to have a washing solution. Submerge the knitted item.
- 3. Gently agitate the knitted item. Do not scrub or wring to avoid it being misshapen.
- 4. Use running cold water when rinsing the knitted item. Let it stay under the running water until it is clear from soap sud residues.
- 5. After rinsing, prepare your knitted clothes for drying. Do not wring the knitted clothes. Gently squeeze the knitted item to remove excess water and lay it flat on a surface. Use a dry absorbent towel and pat it on the knitted clothes.
- 6. Put the item into shape. Do not tug or pull the knitted item.
- 7. Air dry your knitted clothes for 24 hours or more until completely dry. If it is not yet completely dry, use another dry towel and let it air dry.
Dry Cleaning Knitted Clothes
You can delegate your clothes to experts at the laundry service, but getting them involved in dry cleaning can damage your knitted clothes. The dry cleaner uses harsh chemicals that may have a negative effect on the knitted fabrics.
Hence, wash them by hand or at the laundry service with the assistance of experts to ensure you have cleaned them safely and properly.
Lastly, you should know that storing your knitted clothes has the same importance as washing them properly. Whether you washed them at home or had them cleaned at the laundry service, make sure they are completely dry before putting them away. Make sure that your hand-knitted clothes are folded and not hung on hangers.