How to Prevent Your New Clothes From Shrinking

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With the holidays almost here, it’s important to prepare for the inevitable gifts of clothing. Everyone loves getting new clothes, but no one likes when you wash those new clothes and they shrink. You want that sweater or pair of jeans to fit you just as perfectly as they did when you first tried them on. That’s why we want to help you keep your new gifts around for a long time. Here are a few helpful tips on how to keep your new clothes from shrinking:

Always Read the Labels Before Washing

When it comes to washing your new clothes, it is important to always read the label to see what type of washing is required. Some items may be strictly dry cleaning, while others may be machine washable but delicate. Some clothing may need to be washed in warm water, others in cold water. Then there are different recommendations for drying your clothes, as some items require more time, or some items are recommended to be hung up to dry. With all the different types of clothing and washing recommendations, it’s important to always read the label first!

Using Hot Water Creates More Risk of Shrinking

When you wash your clothing in hot water, more damage is caused to the fabric. This can lead to shrinking and wear and tear on your new clothing. While using cold water may not eliminate all types of shrinking, it will certainly decrease the likelihood of it happening.

Air Dry Your Clothes

Often times, clothes can become damaged in the washer or dryer if the proper cycle is not chosen. You do not want to leave your clothes in the dryer too long, as this could cause shrinkage. By air drying your clothes, you will be avoiding the risk of damage that is associated with a rough drying cycle.

If You Chose Not to Air Dry, Use a Lower Heat Setting

You may not want to air dry your clothing because you feel that it takes too long or you just don’t have the space. Instead, you can start drying your clothes on a lower heat setting and then remove them while they are still damp. You can then allow them to air dry to complete the drying process. This will decrease the risk of excessive heat on your clothing, which can be very harmful.

We hope that this article was helpful as you prepare to wash all the new clothing you received over the holidays! If you are still unsure about how you can prevent shrinkage in your clothing, stop by Bakers Centre Laundry and let us help you! We’re open and fully attended  24/7!