Sunday, November 27

Sweater: 10 essential tricks to keep it in good condition

When you get to that time of the year when you have to take out your sweaters, there are often two types of reactions. On the one hand, there are those who are sad that the summer ends and takes with it mild temperatures. On the other hand, there are those who love autumn and all that it symbolizes: the return of gourmet hot drinks, colorful landscapes, cuddly blankets, and of course being able to put on your favorite soft sweater!

Moreover, its last ones are always a real pleasure to find again, but also sometimes a wound to be maintained. Indeed, these cozy clothes quickly become covered with fluff and threaten to warp. So here are our best tips to make wearing sweaters synonymous with happiness.
What’s more, you’ll make sure your clothes last… a godsend when you know they’re not cheap!

1) Use the right tools to remove the pilling on your sweaters:

Ahh… removing these pebbles is both a source of relaxation and irritation! By the way, we’ve already given you a few tips on how to remove lint from clothes. The best ones, in our opinion, are the velcro strip and the pumice stone for an efficient and gentle result.

2) For faster drying:

Without a tumble dryer, it feels like you have to wait an eternity or two before all traces of moisture have disappeared from the fabric! This is even more true when washing by hand and spinning leaves something to be desired. So, to remove excess water without damaging the most delicate fabrics here is an unusual trick. Slip your sweater into a rotating salad spinner and give your garment a few turns.

3) Fight odors on a sweater:

It will not have escaped you: they are nests of smells! They quickly smell musty or sweaty. Whatever the smell, you can fight it with a simple spray bottle filled with vodka! Alcohol will kill
the bacteria that cause bad smells. Nevertheless, we advise you to test the trick on a corner of the garment to make sure it is not damaged and then let it dry well.

4) To give shape to a shrunken sweater:

It can often happen that a garment shrinks over time. In the case of sweaters, we have suggested in the past to use conditioner, glycerin, or a steamer. Also, there is a well-known method with baby shampoo. In general, it is recommended to dilute a little in water to soften the fibers. Then remove as much water as possible and lay it flat on a towel. Finally, pull it out to make it slightly larger. You can pull it several times while it dries. Otherwise, you can use heavy objects to keep them in a slightly stretched position. 

5) To prevent your sweater from shedding hair:

Buy the little angora sweater you saw in the window. It was a bad idea that now leaves hairs all over you and your home! Luckily, it’s not irreversible. Put the sweater in a well-sealed freezer
bag. After three or four hours, the difference will be noticeable. What’s more, freezing can also help remove any moths and their larvae.

Sweater: 10 essential tricks to keep it in good condition

6) To make the sweaters puffy again:

Fluffy when purchased, they gorge themselves with products and lose density. However, there is an easy way to give them back their pretty puffy look of yesteryear! To do so, take white vinegar
with you. Simply add it to the rinsing water when you clean your sweater to make it as good as new.

7) Chase away the textile moths that love your sweaters:

It may seem difficult to get rid of them, but a few habits and tricks can help. For example, opt for dried herbs and leaves trapped in a thin cloth. You can also use the sleeve of an old sweater:
cut off part of it, sew an opening, trim and sew the remaining side. Here you have a choice of weapons: lavender, eucalyptus, rosemary, thyme, and laurel to which you can add cloves and lemon. Choose only one or mix and match to garnish your drawers!

8) On sleeves that have widened:

Our movements can weigh on the fibers and they end up being deformed. To combat this expansion, use a hairdryer or steam iron. With heat, the fabric shrinks a little. Hot water can also be used in the same way. Just be careful not to burn your sweater which would then be unrecoverable.

9) In the closet, adopt the right gestures :

Some use hangers that can mark the shoulders and deform them a little. Others bend them, which can also deform and leave folds. Whether you do one or the other, here are the best ways to proceed!

The right positioning on a hanger :

If your sweater is too wide or doesn’t mark the size enough, here’s for you! Clip a pin on the back to tighten the fabric elegantly.

Discover: 7 techniques to get rid of pilling on sweaters


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