Knits should be placed in a mesh laundry bag before throwing in the washing machine -and be sure to use the delicate cycle and a gentle detergent. If you’re washing by hand, use warm water and detergent. While drying, press or squeeze out excess water -don’t wring out the clothing because it will stretch the material. Lay the garment out flat or hand it to dry according to its specific instructions to help the knit maintain its shape.
Leather is easy to dress up or keep casual throughout the fall and into winter. To keep your leather items looking their best, take them to a specialty cleaner. Max I. Walker can maintain the natural oils of the fabric and also protecting against color changing or cracking. If stains arise and you can’t make it to the cleaner, simply blot the area with a wet cloth and use a leather conditioner.
Jeans are a go to, especially in the fall, but did you know that machine washing regularly can cause your denim to shrink and fade? Most jeans can be washed in cold water in a machine with mild detergent and hung to dry. High quality brands would benefit from dry cleaning because it preserves the dye and color.
Corduroy is another fabric that gains popularity during the cooler months and fortunately it’s easy to care for. First, corduroy needs to be turned inside out before machine washing so the material won’t collect unwanted lint. Lighter colored corduroy can be machine washed with warm water and darker colors can be washed with cold water. Tumble dry on low.
Flannel shirts are a fall weather classic. Check the clothing label for specific cleaning options. Most flannel can be hand washed with a gentle detergent and then hung to dry. Some flannel does require dry cleaning, so be sure to check the cleaning care label.