As you may have noticed, I wear the same clothes a lot. It’s part of my plan to appreciate what I own as opposed to buying something new. The only problem with that is the more you wear your clothes, the faster they wear out. Sweaters are notorious for this. They have the potential to pill, snag, shrink, and stretch out. I do have my methods for making them last longer though. Here are a few tips if you are trying to get the most out of your sweaters.
Use a Sweater Shaver
After a sweater has been washed or dry cleaned a few times, it definitely starts to pill. Over time this can take a really nice sweater from dazzling to drab. One way you can avoid this fate, is by using a sweater shaver. I have not yet tried this, but I’ve heard great things about this one on Amazon. The best part is you can use it on other fabrics that have a tendency to pill.
This may sound gross, but see how long you can go without washing or dry cleaning your sweaters. It will really help reduce wear and tear. When you do wash them, make sure it’s on cold and never put them in the dryer. The best way to let them dry is by laying them on a flat surface, but if that’s not convenient you can let them hang dry. Just make sure they don’t get too stretched out. A sweater hanger is best.
For cashmere and wool, the best and most convenient option is to get them dry cleaned. However, you can also wash them at home in the washing machine on the delicate cycle using a gentle detergent like Woolite Extra Delicates. Washing them by hand in a bucket of lukewarm water and gentle detergent is also an option, but that is a little more time consuming. Once again, let them dry on a flat surface.
A hole in your sweater is not the end of the world, especially if it’s not in a noticeable spot. You can easily mend something like this at home or take it to your tailor. There are a plethora of YouTube videos out there about repairing holes in your sweater that will explain how to do it yourself far better than I can. If you have any sewing experience at all, it actually looks pretty easy.
Don’t let a stain ruin a great sweater. If I can’t work on the stain immediately, I reach for Dawn Dishwashing Detergent. For some reason it’s really good at stopping the stain from getting worse. I put a little dab on the stained spot and rub it in until it gets a little sudsy. Then I treat the stain when I get home. Also, it’s always good to have a go-to dry cleaner who can handle tough stains.
Sweaters have a tendency to stretch out especially if they’ve been hanging on a bad hanger for a while. Buy sweater hangers to reduce stretching, or better yet, keep them folded in a dresser. That way they won’t get weird bumps from a hanger.
And as always, if you want something to last, buy quality items. Natural items like cotton, wool, and cashmere will last longer than some synthetic materials.