Washing your scarves can seem to be an easy task but we can sometimes minimize the importance of this extremely crucial step. Therefore, we often find ourselves going through scarves faster than we can even count, and its partly because we find that our scarves are ruined and can no longer be worn. The following tips can be used to better launder your scarves so they can be around for much, much longer!
Note, the following recommendations are split up depending on the fabric of the scarf. The biggest mistake people make is washing all of the scarves, despite the different fabrics, in the same batch.
Step 1: Washing
Chiffons, Jersey, Polyester: these fabrics can be washed in the machine if you choose to do so. However, be sure to not include other articles of clothing as doing so can ruin the fabric of these delicate fabrics.
Cotton: this fabric can be washed in the machine, however, be sure to air dry or your scarf will shrink.
Viscose: due to the delicate fabric we highly recommend that these scarves be hand washed in cool water. Viscose scarves are often color-dyed and consist of intricate detailing such as pearls, stones, or embroidery. We understand handwashing your scarves can be a lengthy process but in order to keep your scarves looking new (and without fuzzballs!), this is a must.
Step 2: Drying
Chiffons, Jersey, Polyester: these fabrics can be placed in a dryer, however, we do recommend tossing a fabric softener in your load to avoid having static-prone scarves.
Cotton: as mentioned above, be sure to let your cotton scarves air dry to avoid any shrinkage, rips, or fuzzballs.
Viscose: we highly recommend you let your viscose scarves air dry to avoid any damage to the scarf. If your viscose scarf contains any intricate detailing such as pearls or fancy trims, the aggressive nature of a dryer can cause unwanted damage (i.e. the falling or loosening of your detailing).
Step 3: Ironing
Chiffons, Jersey, Polyester: in most cases scarves of these fabrics don’t need any extra ironing after removing them from the dryer.
Cotton: it’s extremely crucial you iron your cotton scarves on a medium setting to remove the wrinkles caused by letting them air dry.
Viscose: these scarves may or may not require an iron finish. However, if the situation arises then be sure to iron these scarves on a low-medium setting. Try to avoid going over any intricate detailing to avoid damage of these details. If you’re able to do so, invest in a small steamer to save time and hassle of trying to iron scarves of these sort.
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