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Cold weather and shorter days are essentially what winter is all about and so this means that we need to bring our winter wardrobe back to life.
The winter wardrobe can disappear into the dark depths of your wardrobe and this means that you often find items of clothing that require a little TLC to bring them back to their best. In order to get your clothes back to a condition that makes them wearable once again, take a look at the following tips.
Caring for Jumpers
Jumpers are susceptible to bobbles and moth hols and so, when the end of winter appears, it is always worth vacuum packing your jumpers to protect them. If they have been chewed through then you may have to patch them up yourself or find a professional to do it for you.
Tiny balls of fibre that collect on the surface of your jumper are known as pills and they care caused through friction when the jumper is worn. These can be removed using a comb or by hand but in doing so it will mean that you garment will feel softer.
It is possible to wash most jumpers by putting them in the washing machine although some fabrics will have to be washed with care. Wool does not deal with high temperatures all that well, so taking care when washing them will ensure that you woolly jumpers last you a long time. Materials such as cashmere and merino should not be dry cleaned as they increased temperatures and chemicals will cause significant damage.
To wash, use luke warm water and a detergent that has been designed for delicate items of clothing and remember to dry it naturally as opposed to using the tumble dryer. To do this, lay them on a towel and work them gently back into shape, keeping them away from direct heat.
Before wearing your coat, consider its condition and if needed, give it a clean. Every coat is different which means that the cleaning instructions will differ although having it dry cleaned is the best step to take to getting it clean.
Coats consist of many layers and so they can change shape at different speeds. If your coat is creased, then a steamer can be used or you can iron it over a dampened cloth.
In particular, leather ladies handbags can gather dust and look quite grotty after spending months locked away. Some neutral shoe polish will do the trick to get it back looking its best. However, cleaning does not stop there because the inside will no doubt require a clean. Empty the contents and pull the fabric out and wipe with a damp sponge that has been rinsed in hot water with soap. Do not excessively wet the inner lining because it will need to dry quickly and so, storing it in an airing cupboard or by laying it over a radiator will increase the speed at which it dries.
Deal with odours by using a small, open pot of baking powder and placing it in the bag and then store it in a pillow case for a day.
Before winter arrives, give your summer shoes a thorough clean prior to storing them away, it will ensure they remain in good condition and are easier to clean when you pull them out next summer.
Any leather shoes or ankle boots that you have can be cleaned using shoe polish that matches with the colour of the shoe. Remove any grime or dirt first and after polishing, buff them up to bring them up to a beautiful shine.
Suede shoes are a little trickier because they really do absorb dirt. A nailbrush or toothbrush, dipped in warm soapy water can be used to remove any dirt. Once finished, use some kitchen roll to dab them dry.
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