Prevent Fading Of Dark Colors in the Laundry

Protect your dark clothes from damage by following these simple rules:

First determine if the garment really needs washing or can be worn again. Every wash does a bit of damage. Never wash light colored clothing with dark items. Lint from cotton items will often adhere to dark items making them look “fuzzy”.
  • Choose the right temperature. Use the coolest temperature possible when washing dark clothing.
  • Choose the right detergent. Use a detergent formulated for dark colours. If you don’t have one available, use the smallest feasible amount for cleaning your clothes. If you must pretreat a stain, test it first in an inconspicuous spot to ensure there is no fading.
  • Select the right washing cycle. Unless your dark clothing is caked with dirt, select a gentle cycle with the least amount of agitation to prevent damage to fibers. Handwashing is always a good option for delicate dark items.
  • Load the washing machine correctly. Turn garments inside out before washing. This will prevent fibers from becoming damaged and showing frayed ends and attracting lint.
  • Avoid the sun. Drying in direct sunlight can bleach fabrics. Use the clothes dryer or hang clothes in indirect light.
Posted by Janice B March 14, 2011 at 6:42 PM under Home Living Tips

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