A:A person cannot prevent the natural shrinkage of cotton fibers, according to About.com. The best thing to do is to buy "pre-shunk" cotton clothing to deter shrinkage after purchase. For existing clothes, a few steps mitigate shrinkage.
A:Use a garment steamer to get rid of wrinkles from a suit. Steaming smooths wrinkles out from all types of fabric. You need a garment steamer, clothes hangers and a steamer pressing board to steam a suit.
A:The best way to wash satin fabric depends on what type of fibers are used, but most satin pieces last longer and look better when washed by hand. Dry-cleaning is necessary, however, for satin made with a silk-and-acetate combination.
A:According to Real Simple Magazine, fleece sweatshirts require extra care in the laundry to keep them soft and to avoid pills and static. Properly washing sweatshirts requires a washing machine and a gentle laundry detergent.
A:The best mild detergents are those that are considered safe and gentle enough for use on baby clothes, for example, Dreft, Seventh Generation and All Free and Clear. Because babies have sensitive skin, they tend to react to any detergent that is the least bit harsh.
A:Grass stains are particularly hard to get out of jeans. Denim is a thick fabric that loses color with bleach and other harsh cleaners. However, there are some methods that do work to remove those stubborn stains.
A:A dryer, professional spray or shower are effective substitutes to remove wrinkles from clothing. Although unconventional, these tools serve as worthy replacements for an iron when removing wrinkles.
A:The purpose of fabric softener is to soften fabrics and prevent static cling. Softener chemicals adhere to the fabrics, giving them a softer feel. Some people use scented softeners for a pleasant smell.
A:Fabrics made from cotton polyester blend are less susceptible to shrinking compared to fabrics made from pure cotton. In general, cotton polyester blend consists of 50 percent cotton and 50 percent polyester.
A:Lint is created by small fibers that are shed from fabrics during the machine washing and drying process. During the washing process, fibers are pulled to the fabric's surface but remain intact. During the drying process, hot air blows the fibers off of the fabric, and lint is created.
A:It is possible to iron polyester fabric as long as the iron's temperature setting is not too high. The ideal temperature for ironing polyester is around 300 degrees Fahrenheit. This is equivalent to a medium to a medium-low heat setting.
A:Bleach turns items yellow or white because the chemicals present in bleach oxidize materials on contact. The chemicals present in liquid bleach contain oxygen molecules and when released onto colored clothing, it inhibits the reflection of visible colors.
A:A cool iron setting is generally around 275 degrees Fahrenheit, as opposed to the hottest setting which is usually 445 F. Synthetic or delicate fabrics such as acrylic and nylon should be ironed on a low setting to avoid damaging the material.