Whether it is a navy blue blazer or a bright red blouse, vibrant color is one of the best parts of clothing and can make any outfit come alive. Over time, though, sometimes the dyes that give clothing these colors can lose their luster and fade away. Without proper care, and without using the right kind of washing techniques, it is easy for clothes to get faded over time. Thankfully, though, there are some simple steps you can take to protect your clothes in the wash and keep them bright for years to come.
Sorting is one of the most overlooked methods for keeping clothes well maintained in the wash, but it is also one of the easiest and most effective. At the most basic level, you should wash white or light clothes separately from dark and colored clothes, but you can take sorting a step further to wash all like colors and like fabrics in their own loads. Separating the clothes this way helps to prevent the dye from other clothes contaminating them, keeping them looking sharp and fresh longer.
Wash Inside Out
Part of the fading that occurs during washing is due to the friction that happens when clothes rub together. If this friction occurs on the outsides of the clothes, it can easily cause the fabric to pill and the dye to start looking mottled and faded. To prevent this, wash your clothes inside out with all the buttons and zippers fastened. This will help to protect the outside of the clothes from harsh rubbing and friction.
If keeping color strong is really a problem for you, try adding a cup of vinegar to your load of laundry. Vinegar acts as a DIY fabric softener while also protecting dye from fading, and do not worry, the vinegary smell comes out in the wash!
Contact Your Local San Rafael & Ross Luxury Dry Cleaners
Following these simple tips can help keep the colors of your clothes bright, bold, and vibrant, ensuring your clothes last you as long as possible and look great the whole time. When you really want to take care of a piece, though, we always recommend leaving it to the experts. At A Touch of Class, we treat every piece of clothing with care and respect. If you would like to give your clothes the luxury treatment, feel free to call us at (415) 453-8620 for our San Rafael location, (415) 461-3743 for our Ross location, or reach out to us at our contact page to arrange for expert valet dry cleaning. We look forward to hearing from you soon!