The autumn season unmistakably brings out not only true fashionistas, but also truly thrifty women. This is the period when we often wear clothes requiring special care (e.g. things made of suede, leather, wool, tweed), as well as encounter mud, rain and even snow.
However, not all ladies take proper care of “capricious” materials. Of course, many do, but somehow it’s done with the sleeves. Therefore, today we will tell you 5 rules for the care of autumn clothes, which not everyone knows. But they should!
Clean suede shoes with steam
The main mistake when caring for suede shoes is water procedures. This material is terrible at disliking water. It loses its elasticity and quickly becomes rough. Therefore, for small dirt, it is better to clean chamois boots with a special rubber brush.
If the shoe gets too dirty, you’ll need to steam clean it first, before you brush it. A normal boiling kettle can be used for this. The main thing is not to hold the shoes too close or for too long, so that they don’t become deformed. One or two minutes will be enough.
Store leather outerwear on hangers, not folded.
Leather must be treated with special care. Such clothes are definitely not intended for everyday wear. As the fashion expert Evelina Khromchenko says, once put on – then give the leather to rest. At the same time, leather jackets and coats should ‘rest’ not folded on a shelf, but on comfortable wide shoulders in size, preferably slightly concave.
Items should definitely be fully buttoned up and care should be taken to keep the wardrobe spacious, dry and dark. This is what will keep the item from getting mouldy, creased and faded.
Dry-cleaning your wool coat (instead of washing it)
It is better not to wash natural woolen coats in the machine at all! After all, it is fraught with coarsening of the fabric, its warping and shrinking, peeling of the adhesive lining and deformation of parts. But hand washing is also not the solution, because woolen fabric does not like water at all. Therefore, in case of heavy dirt such a coat should be delivered to a dry-cleaner. This is what will help to preserve the beautiful appearance of woolen products for a long time.
By the way, woollen items (jumpers, turtlenecks, etc.) are best stored folded, as they can stretch on the shoulders. Structured shoulders are an exception to the rule. Overcoats and jackets, for example.
Wash knitwear in cool water
By and large, knitted items are not very fastidious in care. Yes, they “overgrow” lint, but this defect is easily removed with a special machine. Particular attention should be paid to washing, because many women “stumble” on this very issue.
The main taboos for knitted garments are hot water, intense spinning and wringing as well as drying and storing in an upright position. Clothes in this material should be washed in water up to 40 degrees, preferably by hand. In a pinch, you can also use a delicate cycle in a washing machine.
Dry tweeds on a flat surface
Tweeds will only last for as long as they’re properly cared for. Keep two important points in mind:
Firstly, tweed clothes must always be washed by hand (do not soak, do not spin and use special care products for woolen fabrics).
Secondly, tweeds should be tumble-dried on a flat surface to prevent them from warping.
Finally, it’s worth saying a word about some women’s fanatical pursuit of tidiness. Paradoxically, this sometimes has the opposite effect. Thus, ladies, obsessed with cleanliness, throw jackets in the washing machine almost after every wearing, but from such frequent water procedures the fabric wears out too quickly and becomes unkempt in appearance. So the simple conclusion is that in taking care of things, as in all other areas of life, it’s best to stick to the golden mean.