Key Tips for Home Fabric Upholstery care

by sew crafte

Fabrics are to be cared for very diligently. If you don’t want to constantly shop for new materials and clothes, you need to take good care of your fabrics. The quality of fabrics will come under strong opposition if you do not pay attention to them.

The major form of Fabric care is Laundry. Laundry is not always a fun task but if you want to keep your fabrics in the best shape and enhance their longevity, you should take the laundry process very seriously. Different types of fabric are given different treatments during laundry. For maximum utility and to sustain the quality of the fabrics, these special treatments should be meticulously followed. Below are fabric specific tips for your materials to get the best out of them and prevent damage.

 

Cotton

Cotton fabrics are very durable and so they rarely shrink. It is important, however, to use color-friendly detergents and warm water. Hot water may damage the cotton fabric. Tumble dry at low heat levels. Do not forget to read other specific instructions on the label of the fabric or clothing for more apparel-specific information.

Wool

Wool fabric is very delicate and should be treated with the utmost care. Frequent washing of wool fabric will cause the material to wear out and consequently reduce its life span. When washing is absolutely necessary, ensure to soak in cold water before washing. This shields the material against shrinkage. Hand washing of the wool fabric and drying normally (no tumble drying) is advised for the best results.

Silk

Silk materials should be hand-washed only. This should be done using a ‘silk-friendly’ gentle soap. It should be put out to dry and not in the dryer. Many fabric manufacturers speak against ironing silk materials because they easily get burnt. It is advisable, however, to press only with a warm iron.

Linen

Colourful Linen fabric should be well separated from white fabrics because they easily bleed out and stain them. Washing linen should be done at temperatures below 60 degrees, to prevent wear. They need extra water to get clean so the washer should only be half-filled when washing Linens. They should be hanged out to dry and can be ironed inside out.

 Polyester

They are easily washed using warm water in a machine. They can be tumble dried in low heat in a dryer. Some manufacturers advise removing from the dryer while it’s still a little wet to prevent wrinkles. Polyester fabrics can be ironed using low heat to prevent burning.

 

If you pay good attention to the care of your fabric, you will have them in the best condition over a long time. Stains should be removed immediately for all fabric types. Clothing label instructions should also be obeyed for the best results. If you follow the tips above, you can rest assured of longer-lasting items of clothing and fabrics!