According to a report issued by Environmental Protection Agency in 2017, more than 11 million tons of textile products are being wasted every year, and the number is still rising. Because of the continuously rising throwaway culture, the habit of throwing an item after wearing it only once is becoming pretty standard. Because of this habit, these clothes end up being wasted in a landfill or get piled up in already filled markets of developing countries. That is why it is recommended that before throwing your knits away, you should always think about how to extend the life of your knitted dresses. Here are some tips that might help you in enhancing the lifespan of your favorite clothes:
Knitted dresses should only be washed when absolutely essential. Even then it is vital that you only gently handwash them in cold water. Wool is very delicate, so machine washing could damage your dress, which we want to avoid! For the most part, airing the dress outside is recommended to renew the fresh smell. If you do get a stain, use a mild soap and cold water to gently dab the stain away. To dry, place on a flat surface to avoid stretching the material.
Unlike other garments, knitted garments should be stored flat in a drawer or on a shelf, rather than hung up. This will ensure they do not get stretched or pulled, maintaining the shape of the garment.
- Removing creases
Avoid ironing your knitted dress. Instead, you can gently steam any creases out, making sure to be careful how hot the dress gets. The cooler you can keep the material the better, whether it be merino, cashwool, or another wool variety.
- Help! I’ve pulled a thread!
Don’t panic! Carefully remove whatever has pulled at your dress. Then, very gently pull around the area where the thread has caused a loop. This will encourage the thread to lie flat again, so no one will be any the wiser to the incident!
Handmade knitted dresses are garments that can last you a lifetime when cared for correctly. So, follow our simple tips to make sure yours is still going strong for many years to come!