How To Hand Wash Clothes According To Steamery's Co-Founder Frej Lewenhaupt
From stain treating to steaming, this is how to hand wash your clothes
Our Co-founder, Product Chief Officer and textile
nerd Frej Lewenhaupt has been interviewed by ELLE
Magazine UK on how you should hand wash your
clothes in order to make them last longer. We’ve
gathered some of the tricks and answerd that he
shared with the fashion magazine down below, you
can also read the full ELLE article with everything
from stain treating to steaming. here.
Why is it good to handwash clothes?
Machine washing is a harsh clothing care process. It's not just the soaking of clothes in water that has an impact on the their appearance, but the movements - such as twisting and shaking - that manipulate fibres, seams, and trimming, which may result in damage.
Another big positive about hand washing is that you also have total control of the items being washed, and can adjust your method. For example, when removing stains you can focus on only these spots, so the rest of the garment doesn't need to be washed at all.
”All items you personally define as delicate items (clothes that are dear to you) will last longer if hand washed”
What fabrics should I hand wash?
All items you personally define as delicate items (clothes that are dear to you) will last longer if hand washed.
However, the most general way to define if clothes should be hand washed will be found on the care label. Normally high fashion items, delicate silk, wool, cashmere, and merino wool (especially fine knits) meet the qualification for hand washing.
Can I hand wash 'dry clean only' clothes?
Many garments that have a 'dry clean only' symbol can actually be hand washed.
Usually, this is about either the fashion brand, the fabric mill, or the suppliers to the fabric mill, being extra careful. The sign is there to ensure they take no responsibility if you harm the garment in a wash. But, in many cases, it’s perfectly fine to hand wash.
Be very careful if you decide to hand wash 'dry clean only' items, as some of these fabrics might be harmed by water.
To avoid this, before hand washing any 'dry clean only' items, look up how the item's textiles and trimmings will react to water, if you cannot find anything extra sensitive, it should be ok to hand wash gently.
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