In the corporate world, as with many other settings, your clothes can signal a lot about who you are as a person and as a professional. Well-maintained clothing can earn you the respect of anyone you may encounter, so it’s best to ensure that everything you wear is in good condition. One article of clothing that many people overlook is the pants.
When it comes to taking care of one’s work trousers, most people think of washing, drying, ironing, and folding. To keep your pants in top shape for a long time, it takes a little more work than that. With this, here’s a quick guide on how you can properly maintain your corporate pants:
Washing Your Pants
Using Your Hands
- Fill the container with mild detergent and cold water. You can use a basin, bathtub, or even a sink to wash your pants.
- Soak the pants in a mixture of water and laundry detergent. Then, scrub out dirty regions in the pants. Do this gently to prevent damaging the material.
- Remove the soapy water and refill the container with fresh water until you are sure that the pants are clean.
Using an Automatic Washing Machine
- Make sure your machine is set to delicate. If your washing machine is not automatic, be sure to select the water level and spin to the lowest setting.
- You must use the proper amount of detergent. This depends on the colour of your pants (and your detergent). The general rule of thumb is to use more detergent for darker colours.
- Set the washing machine to your desired temperature setting.
- Wash your pants.
Drying Your Pants
- The first thing to do is determine the setting. If your pants are loose-fitting, you’ll want to use the regular or warm setting. If they don’t have a lot of give, you’ll want to use the hot setting.
- If you have a dryer with a moisture sensor, you must use it. The sensor controls the temperature and how long the dryer should run. You’ll want your pants to be dry but not too dry. If your pants are too dry, they’ll end up being too stiff.
- Remove your pants before they cool down completely. If you don’t, your pants will end up shrinking.
Ironing your pants
- If your pants are wrinkled, you’ll want to iron them. The first step is to make sure that your pants are completely cool.
- Determine what part of your pants you’d like to iron. You may start with the sides, then the back, then your fronts. Alternatively, you may opt to begin with the fronts, then the back, then the sides.
- Start ironing. If your pants have pleats, you’ll want to start with the creases and then move your way out. Make sure you start on the inside of your pants and iron to the edge.
- If your pants remain heavily wrinkled, repeat steps 1 through 5.
Storing Your Pants
- Leave your pants to cool down for a few minutes to prevent further wrinkles.
- You can use a pants hanger to keep them free from wrinkles. Secure each side of the pants to the waistband appropriately and hang it in your closet. Alternatively, you can fold your pants neatly and store them in your closet.
How you wash, dry, iron, and fold your pants is essential. If you follow these steps, your business trousers will tip-top shape. However, some pants require more care than others, and you may want to have them handled by professional dry cleaners.
Goodfellow Cleaners has continuously provided unparalleled quality and service in the dry cleaning industry for more than 25 years. We offer a wide array of specialty services for all of your wardrobe needs. From the delicate hand cleaning of the evening and bridal wear to everyday business and casual wear, you can rest assured that your garments will always receive professional quality at Goodfellow Cleaners. Contact us today!