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Sizing and care instructions for your clothes

Buying your clothes may be a common thing for most of us, but making them last longer is another thing. It is important to know how to take care of your clothes so you make sure that they will last for a long time.

Nowadays, shopping online for clothes is a normal thing. With the plethora of shops available online, you can get overwhelmed and yes, excited.  From t-shirts, pants, sweatshirts, jackets to skirts and dresses, you name it, the internet has it!

However, it is not just enough to purchase clothes all the time. Most of the time you end up getting the wrong size, expectations versus reality, that sort of thing – I mean, you thought that it will fit perfectly on you, but once you have received it – meh… and the worst thing about it, you may end up wasting your money.

Another common problem would be how to take care of your clothes once you’ve purchased them, right? It is not enough that you can simply throw them inside the washing machine. Maybe you have experienced washing them and once done, the shirt shrunk or stretched too much? What a bummer!

Well, not to worry. In this article, let me show you how to choose the right clothes to purchase and how to take care of your clothes properly.

Shopping online

When shopping online, make sure to choose the right product. Be sure to take your measurements since each manufacturer has different sizes so you can’t simply rely on the standard small, medium, or large scales and even the numeric size scales as well.

Women should know their bust, waist, and hip measurements. On the other hand, men should know their neck, chest, and waist measurements. Additionally, there should also be height, arm length, and inseam depending on the garment to be bought.

It would also be helpful to shop depending on the season. For most of us, summer is living easy and going out in warm weather. So, during these times summer clothes like shorts, shirts and cool clothing are on sale. For colder months, warm clothing is the best to shop for like jeans or jackets.

Check the garment’s sizing information

Most manufacturers have a standard sizing chart, however, there are a lot of online stores that sell items from different manufacturers. So, they have different ways of how sizes are measured. You may discover that a small size on a certain manufacturer maybe a medium to another.

Make sure that you check the product description of each garment that you are going to buy. For different fabric types such as polyester, cotton, or blended fabrics – knowing how it feels and the fit on your body will make it easier for you to choose.

You can take a look at the different fabric weights because this will depend on the thickness of the thread and fabric composition as well. Some examples of common weight classes are the following:

  • Light fabrics like cotton, linen, lace, silk, or mesh: 1-150 g/m2 or 0.3-5 oz/yd2
  • Medium fabrics like velvet, jersey, nylon, or polyester: 150-350 g/m2 or 5-12 oz/yd2
  • Heavy fabrics like denim, suede, wool, or tweed: 350+ g.m2 or 12+ oz/yd2

Caring instructions

Special care for white tees:
  1. Hand wash or machine wash your t-shirts as much as possible. If you can, use a mesh bag for protection. Do not dry clean it as this is the easiest way to ruin them.
  2. If your white shirt starts to look yellow from regular washing, just combine ¼ cup of fabric-safe bleach with warm water. Once it is well combined, add the shirt and soak for about 20 minutes. Never put bleach directly into the garment.
  3. Dry your shirt for about 5-10 minutes just to fluff the majority of the wrinkles on your shirt. The shirt should be a bit damp when taking them out from the dryer. Hang to dry or you may begin to iron while still damp.
  4. If you want to send out your shirt to the dry cleaner, ask them to “press only” service.

General care for your clothes:

  1. Always use cold water. There is no reason to use hot water unless you are a hospital or other hospitality service business like hotels or restaurants, right? Coldwater can get your clothes clean, and it is gentler on your fabric. Use only hot water when really needed.
  2. Don’t use bleach or other strong detergent products, unless needed.
  3. Turn your clothes inside out before washing and drying. This will prevent your clothes from fading and protect the embellishments and printing of your clothes. Decorated shirts will last longer when doing this.
  4. Do not put your clothes in a hot dryer. Don’t set the dryer on high settings if you want your clothes to last longer. Except for towels, shirts and other clothes should be hang up when they are still damp. High heat is the worst enemy of printed apparel as it can cause fading.
  5. It is common sense to wash the same coloured clothes together. But aside from being the same in colour, it is also best to load similarly textured clothes together to limit them from rubbing each other. Fabric rubbing is another quick way to damage your clothes. Just imagine your favourite custom printed shirt rubbing in another fabric like towels? It may crack and peel off just like when you rub sandpaper on your skin!

Understanding the symbols

Ever wondered what those drawings mean when you purchase your clothes? It may seem like a simple sketch but in truth, it means a lot especially on how to take care of your clothes.

They are called laundry care symbols. They are small pictograms on the label of your garment or clothes to help you take care of your clothes properly.

Washing symbols

 

Machine wash: This tub of water means a washing machine. If you see this care symbol, it means that your clothes can be washed in standard and normal settings.

 

 

Hand wash: a symbol of a tub and a hand means that your clothes should be hand washed. Some washing machines feature a hand wash cycle. If that is the case, just choose that setting and you are on your way to washing your clothes.

 

 

 

Do Not Wash: this care symbol means that you should not wash your clothes at home and should be taken to a professional dry-cleaning service.

 

Bleaching symbols

 


Any bleach:
All triangle symbols are bleaching instructions. A simple triangle means that your clothes can be bleached with any type of bleach.

 

 


Do Not Bleach:
shows a solid black, crossed-out triangle that means your garment is not suitable for bleaching.

 

 

Drying symbols


Tumble Dry: the square symbol with a circle inside means that you can tumble dry your clothes with standard and normal settings.

 


Tumble Dry with no heat:
this symbol has a circle filled with colour inside. It means that your clothes can be tumble dried, but you should not use any heat while doing it.

 


Do Not Wring:
this symbol shows a crossed-out fabric which means that you must not wring your clothes as it will damage the material.

 

Ironing symbols

Iron: this flat iron symbol means that you can iron your clothes at any temperature you want. Just make sure that you still pay close attention so you can control heat and avoid accidents, okay?

 

 

Do Not Iron: shows an iron with a cross over it which signifies that you must not iron your clothes at all.

  

Taking care of your clothes is very important if you want to make it last longer. Be sure to follow these simple directions and you are guaranteed that your favourite tees or other clothes will stay vibrant in colour and fabric shall remain the same.

 

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