Naturally, if your favourite clothes are made of expensive fabrics, or if they’re designer or luxury clothes, you’ll try to do everything you can to keep them in the best shape possible. Read on to check out our best tips on how to wash expensive, designer, or luxury clothes in a washing machine, how to remove stains from them, and how to dry and store them.
5 steps on how to wash expensive clothes in a washing machine
To preserve the condition of your expensive, designer, or luxury clothes, follow our step-by-step guide on how to wash them:
Check label. Before putting anything in the washing machine, you should always check your garment’s fabric care label to see if it needs any special care. If it’s “dry clean only” or “hand wash only”, don’t put it in the washer.
Load in a bag. Put your garments in a mesh laundry bag, then into the washing machine, and make sure you’re not overloading it.
Dose. Use Tide Matic Liquid Front-load Detergent for a front-load washing machine or Tide Matic Liquid Top-load Detergent for a top-load washing machine. Tide Ultra Semi-auto Detergent would work best for a semi-auto washing machine and Tide Double Power for hand-wash or bucket wash.
Wash. Use a delicate or gentle cycle to best take care of your clothes. If your machine doesn’t have such settings, use a cold cycle with a slower spin.
Unload. As soon as the cycle is finished, unload your garments, and get ready to dry them.
When and how to hand wash expensive clothes
If your fabric care label says “hand wash only”, it’s best if you don’t experiment with machine washing. Hand washing sounds more difficult than it is, and thankfully you’ll only need a few things.
Fill up a bucket. Use your sink or bucket, and fill it up with lukewarm or cold water.
Dose. Use Tide Double Power and mix the solution thoroughly.
Wash. Put your garments into the solution, and gently swish them around with your hands.
Rinse. Use clean water to rinse them, and don’t wring them out before drying.
How to remove stains from expensive clothes and fabrics
Using a solution of lukewarm water mixed with laundry detergent is usually the best way to loosen up stains on expensive fabrics or designer clothes. Leave them submerged for about 30 minutes before washing them for the best result.
How often to wash expensive and designer clothes
Usually, expensive and designer items are delicate, therefore they’re washed after every three wearings, but if it’s an item that’s in close contact with your skin, it’s recommended to wash it after every or every second wear.
How to dry expensive clothes
Some items can handle hanging while drying, but most expensive or designer clothes require laying them flat to dry. Make sure that airflow can reach underneath the clothing, and try turning the items over every 30 minutes to allow even drying.
How to store expensive clothes
Expensive and delicate clothes are usually prone to creasing, but this can be avoided if you fold the piece of clothing with a piece of white, acid-free paper behind it. Store them in a dark and dry area, and avoid putting heavy clothes on top of them, because this may damage the fabric.