Key Pieces of Clothing and the Best Ways to Clean Them

denim jeans

Adding clothing to your wardrobe always comes with excitement. While trends may change from time to time, style is forever. Your wardrobe is likely a combination of classic pieces and trendy ones. However, no matter the style, one thing is true about all clothes: they will need cleaning

Clothes, depending on the material used to create them, require different cleaning methods and techniques to clean. There isn’t a one-size-fits-all in terms of cleaning garments. Your best hint often lies on the tag. Use the instructions on the tag to preserve the clothing’s quality, colour, and beauty. 

To help you with that, here are some of the most common materials and the best ways to clean them:


  • Silk, Velvet, Wool, and Leather


These materials are more delicate than others. They require professional cleaning and should be left to the experts. If ever clothes made out of these materials are stained, the first thing you can do is scraping off the residue gently. Afterward, entrust them to a professional cleaner for the more technical aspects of maintenance. The same goes for smaller items, such as silk scarves.

Other delicate materials, such as Chiffon and Merino should be brought to a professional cleaning service for further preservation. Meanwhile, suits—especially those made out of wool—require professional cleaning.


  • Cotton and Knits


Cotton and knits are less complicated. Clothes made this way can be cleaned at home using a washing machine. Try to avoid using warm water in washing these materials to preserve their colours. Meanwhile, synthetic fabrics like polyester and nylon are safe to wash in a washing machine with either warm or cold water, but be careful drying them to avoid permanent wrinkling.

However, cashmere blends should be washed by hand in cold or lukewarm water with gentle laundry soap. Be careful not to wring it as it may ruin the material. Use a dry flat or a drying mesh to help the clothing keep its shape. If you’re in a hurry, place the items inside a laundry bag and select the most delicate cycle on your machine to mimic hand washing.


  • Denim


Despite being a very durable material, jean care is more complex than you might think. We are used to throwing denim into the washer, letting it spin, and drying it after. However, the best way to clean denim is to not wash them at all. If there are stains, wipe them off with a damp cloth, or take them to the experts for extra help. 

Not washing the denim preserves it and allows the material to stay durable. But if you own distressed, non-pure denim, you can simply wash them inside-out and hang them to dry.


Maintaining the quality of clothes will be easier as long as you pay attention to the things you should and shouldn’t do. If you’re buying a piece of clothing made out of a material you haven’t worked with before, make sure to check the tag and see the washing instructions for it. Doing this in all your clothes should help them last longer while preserving their quality and colours.

Good Fellow Cleaner is a cleaning company in Barrhaven providing unparalleled quality and service since 1990. For more than 25 years, we have been providing excellent service in the cleaning and washing of clothes. Visit us today and book a schedule for your clothes.

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