The new year has begun. Were you still on the dance floor in your most beautiful evening dress or tuxedo yesterday? Now it’s time to freshen things up so you can put away the clothes for next year. Not sure how best to do this? We are happy to help you on your way with the step-by-step plan below.
Step 1: Preparation
Before you start washing, it is important to check the clothing for loose parts. Empty your pockets and detach accessories such as cufflinks and necklaces from the clothing. In addition, look carefully at any indications on the label in the clothing. If the advice on the label deviates from the steps below, follow the advice on the label. The garment may be made of specific material, which requires special treatment.
Step 2: Wash
For the precision washer: Hand wash
Suitable for: clothes with details, such as beads and sequins.
Carefully run the clothes through a solution of lukewarm water with dissolved mild detergent for colored laundry. Rinse the clothing well with clean water.
Tip: Carefully squeeze the clothes after washing. Do not wring, it will wrinkle you.
Suitable for: smooth clothes.
Wash the clothes with mild detergent for colored laundry and a little fabric softener. Choose a wool wash program at 30 degrees without spinning. Washing at 30 degrees is more economical and better for the environment. In addition, you are assured that your clothes are not washed too hot and that they may become deformed.
Step 3: Drying
After washing, let the clothes dry on a clothes hanger over a draining area. Never use a dryer to dry the party clothes. There is a chance that the clothes will become deformed in the dryer.
Step 4: Ironing
Use a steam iron on the lowest setting to iron the clothes.
Tip: First check how the garment reacts to the iron. Carefully start ironing on a less visible area. If this goes well, you can also iron the rest of the garment.
Step 5: Store
It is best to store the clothes on a clothes hanger with a clothes cover around it. This way the clothes are better preserved until next year.
When in doubt, go to the dry cleaners
Do you not dare to wash despite the above explanation? Just take your clothes to a dry cleaner. Then you can be sure of a good result.