The ugly truth about what you wear
Did it ever occur to you that one time you might be the mom or the dad who has to wash it, and you still won't have a clue?
This guide will help you figure out how to take care of your garments but especially what kind of problems the different fabrics will drag along...
Acetate is a silk like fibre, it has a similar look but it is much easier to maintain, meaning you can wash and dry it under normal temperatures.
Acrylic, it’s basically plastic woven in to the fibres, which makes a lot of fabrics stronger and easier to handle, as for example in knitwear. Acrylic won't shrink and you can wring it, but lay flat to dry. Sounds all very positive but be prepared that you may sweat in this.
Angora is actually rabbit hair, that’s why it feels so soft. But I feel you should know that the fur gets ripped out of the animals, treating them with medication to survive and grow new fur. Think about that before you consider buying angora.
Cashmere is a fine wool from goat hair. You can't wash, wring or tumble it. So if you are not keen on the hand wash, leave it in the store.
Cotton, I wanted to write "nothing wrong with good old cotton" but then I remembered those H&M shirts of mine; I certainly didn't grow tall or fat in the last time, so this is the ugly truth; cheap cotton distorts and shrinks like hell after only wearing or washing it a few times.
Elastane is a synthetic fibre and makes your clothes elastic (you don’t say).
Nothing wrong with it whatsoever. Just don’t wash it too hot, otherwise the elastic fibres will dry out eventually and break. That’s the little strings coming out of your old underwear or bikini.
Linen is a natural fibre, apparently known for its ability to keep the hot air from your skin. Nevertheless I only know it as "wrinkle trap"! Wear it once, ONCE, and you won't get these wrinkles out before you wash it the next time. And if it wasn't trolling us enough already, it also becomes very shiny when you iron it.
Mohair is fine hair from the angora goat and it has a shiny appearance. Dry cleaning only; I never had a mohair piece in my life
Metallic yarns are plastic coated aluminum yarns mixed with other fibres. Very cool, very trendy right now, but still: dry clean only.
Nylon, also known as polyamide, is mostly stretchy and doesn’t absorb water. That can be good or bad, depending whether the humid is inside or outside your clothes…
Polyester is strong and smooth and used in various forms. No hassle to wash and tumble dry it, but be careful with the iron. To much heat and it will be a sticky mess under your iron…
Polyacrylic; if acrylic means sweating, polyacrylic can only mean more sweating. Oh and if you are accidentally set on fire, this will melt into your skin. Ouch.
PVC, basically plastic, don’t even try ironing that shit!
Silk, feels nice, looks nice, but is an asshole when it comes to washing... Sweat stains can almost never be removed, so if you have a nice evening dress you can sew little cotton triangles into the armpits, which you can take out and wash regularly.
Never, ever try to iron your silk garment! Hot steam works best to unwrinkle it, and if you don't have a good steaming iron, just hang it in the bathroom while taking a shower, that should do the trick.
Viscose is a natural fiber, I actually can't think of anything that is wrong with it, except that you shouldn't iron it on the right side otherwise it will become really shiny! Also this fibre weakens in water, which means when you hang it, it will lose it's shape. Solution: Dry flat.
Virgin wool is wool spun for the first time. See also wool.
Wool looks nice, but is mostly itchy. You barely get the sweat stink out of it, and it's always hand wash, meaning a lot of work. If you throw it in the washing machine and it’s a 100 percent wool, it will shrink for sure.
This picture will help you decipher the washing labels:
|I was told, even mothers have one of these hanging in the laundry room.|
Last but not least let's solve a common mistake; chiffon, crepe, denim, flannel, jersey, organza, satin, velour, velvet and voile (and many others) are not the material, but the way the fibres are woven or knitted!So if somebody wants to sell you an expensive "elegant satin dress" it still can be made out of cheap polyester... In the end you can buy whatever you want but don't say I didn't warn you!
I guess the main advice of this article would be: look at the label before you buy something and you know what kind of trouble you will be getting into.