Texas doesn’t afford me much opportunity to wear sweaters and knits but you better believe I make the most of it when the weather starts dipping. Take for today for example: after being in the mid 70s to low 80s over the past two weeks, a winter front came through and we are back in the mid-40s. Sweater weather for me! 🙂 Here are some tips on how to care for sweaters & knits.
TIP #1: Store sweaters and knits flat. Never ever ever store on hangers. You will stretch them out and leave weird hanger points in the arms. (if you get fold creases, just steam them out with a steamer. I own this steamer and travel with it!)
TIP #2: Hand wash, lay flat to dry. Or dry clean. Or a combo of the 2. Unless you sweat, are around smoke, are ill or spill something on your sweater or knit, you can go up to 4 wears before washing. Sweaters and knits take a beating if they are washed after every single wear, even being hand washed.
TIP #3: Got pilling?? Use a fabric defuzzer. But be really careful to not get too close to the fabric (meaning don’t push down hard on the fabric). It’s best if you are on a really flat surface like your ironing board. Trust me on this one! I knicked a hold in one of my favorite knits NOT doing it on a flat surface.
TIP #4: Store sweaters (after season!) in breathable storage bags or boxes. Don’t use vacuum sealed bags because if you trap moisture in with the sweaters, you are going to possibly experience mold/mildew. Yuck! Also, throw in a lavendar satchel in your storage bag/box to help ward off bugs.
TIP #5: If you need a sweater or knit fixed, there’s a place in NYC (that you can also ship to if you aren’t local) that will repair sweaters, knits, shoes, handbags and more. They are called AlterKnit. (This post was not sponsored by them. They don’t have a clue who I am.) 🙂
What are your sweater care tips?
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