Sweaters are a smart and stylish way to stay warm on cold, snowy days. Keep your collection fresh and fluffy and look your best season after season. Check out these care tips from Ziker Cleaners and style tips from MaryLou Andre of Organization by Design at http://www.dressingwell.com/.
Keeping sweaters in good condition, in fact, keeping them in “shape,” can be a challenge. Clean sweaters only when they are soiled.
Always follow the care label instructions on a sweater’s tag.
If it says “dry clean only,” dry cleaning is the best option. (Cashmere should only be dry cleaned.) If the tag recommends hand washing with cold water and a mild detergent, lay it flat to dry afterward. Some sweaters, such as cotton, can also be put in the dryer on low. Remove when slightly damp and allow it to air dry and the sweater will have a softer touch.
Knits snag and pull easily. These snags can sometimes be repaired or pulled-through by a seamstress or tailor with a deft touch. Because of the weave, the snags often run along a line, so they damage inches at a time.
Sweaters pill after a few wearing’s. You can de-pill with a battery driven shaver designed to remove pill balls. These shavers work very well, but be sure to practice first and use a light touch.
Keep wool sweaters out of sunlight and away from fire or heaters, as these can cause the wool to yellow.
Do you have a nice sweater that has stretched and lost its shape? If the sweater is made of wool, steam finishing will re-block the misshaped areas. Cotton can be wet cleaned and dried flat to make it smaller. Acrylic, however, is synthetic and heat sensitive and therefore not always correctable.