It is not a good feeling to pull an outfit from the closet or empty the washing machine, only to find your favorite sweater or leggings stretched out beyond the ability to be worn again. You spend your hard-earned paychecks on your wardrobe, so it is only natural to want to extend the life of your clothing for as long as possible. Although you want to stretch out their lifespan, you certainly don’t want to stretch out their fabrics.
Use these tips below to prevent stretching out your clothes during the wash and after, plus learn some additional tips on how to repair a stretched out garment.
How to Stop Your Clothes From Getting Stretched During and After Washing
Always Check the Care Instructions
Before putting anything in the washing machine, it is important to always check the clothing tag for manufacturer care instructions. The tag should give you instructions on what temperature to wash the clothes in, whether to machine wash, hand wash, or dry clean, and how to dry and press the garment. You would never want to machine wash a blouse that is instructed to be dry cleaned, nor use a hot iron on a silk scarf that’s meant for a cooler press. Ignoring the care instructions on clothing tag can be significantly detrimental to the overall integrity and quality of your garment.
Use a Quality Fabric Conditioner
Whether your clothes are standard laundry or delicate pieces, it is important to always incorporate a quality fabric conditioner or fabric softener into the wash. Of course, this does not apply to clothing and garments recommended for dry cleaning, or pieces with care instructions that specifically warn against the use of a fabric softener. You will come across this from time to time. Fabric conditioners promote more of a fluid consistency within the fabric during the wash cycle. Not only does this prevent your clothes from stretching, but it can also be used to repair a stretched out garment.
Air Dry Delicate Garments
Not all clothes are meant for the dryer. Not only can a dryer stretch out clothing, but it can also fade, warp, and shrink garments. Even if the care tag permits tumble drawing the garment on low, it is best to air dry the most delicate pieces in your wardrobe. Some pieces are perfectly compatible with rack air drying, while others should be laid flat on a laundry screen. Garments like knitted sweaters can stretch out on a laundry rack. It is recommended to allow 12 to 24 hours for full air dried results.
Swap Out Your Hangers
If your hangers do not fit your clothing properly, they can stretch out all of your favorite pieces. You may need to swap out your hangers for some new ones that are more compatible with your delicate or stretchable clothes. Additionally, you may want to take some clothing off your hangers and fold them instead. Garments like heavily knit sweaters can easily stretch out on a hanger.
Fasten All Buttons and Snaps
When hanging up your delicate or stretchable pieces of clothing, it is important to fasten up all of the buttons and snaps on the garment. This helps the item of clothing keep its shape through every wash. Additionally, when you are ready to take an item of clothing out of your closet, be sure to undo the buttons, snaps, and zipper before removing it from the hanger. This is another way clothes get stretched out.
Are you wondering how to repair an item of clothing that has stretched out in the washer or on the hanger? Contact Yong’s Alterations at 317-845-9077 for professional tailoring and clothing repairs in Indianapolis, Castleton, Indiana. We provide alterations for clothing, costumes, home decor items, and more. Request a free estimate, today.