If you find holes in your clothes or some stubborn stain, don’t throw it away. A simple fix and your much loved pair of jeans, top or jumper can be as good as new. The team at Love Your Clothes have some great tips that will keep your garments looking fresh season to season. Plus, some helpful storage advice to ensure your much loved garments will be protected.
Repairing and caring for clothing
A missing button
Missing buttons can be irritating, but thankfully, they’re easy to replace. So don’t give up on that old favourite yet. Choose a similar button (or use this opportunity to upgrade all the buttons to give the item a new look) and matching thread to blend in.
A top tip for replacing large buttons is to place a match stick or large needle below the button as you sew, to allow a bit of give in the stitches when you fasten the button.
For a step by step guide on how to sew a button, check out this video
Snagging your favourite dress or discovering that your best jumper has a few moth holes isn’t the end of the world. You can mend it in a few stitches, by simply using a needle and thread.
Choose a thread that is the same colour as the garment and in no time, you’ll have a virtually invisible mend using the darning method. For a step by step guide, check out ‘mending a hole or tear‘.
Bad smells can be difficult to remove, but there are things you can do to keep your clothes smelling fresh.
Use diluted white vinegar to soak the item or add it to the final rinse to remove unwanted smells. Alternatively, you could soak clothing in warm water (check the label as this might not be appropriate for all fabrics) with bicarbonate of soda and then wash as normal.
Treating common stains
Blood: Pre-soak in heavily salted cold water or detergent.
Candle wax: Cover the stain with brown paper and use a warm iron over the top to draw out the melted wax.
Chewing gum: Put clothing in the freezer as once the gum is hard and brittle it can easily be scraped off with a knife.
Cooking fat: Create a paste of bicarbonate of soda and a little water to spread over the stain, leave for 30 minutes and then wash in biological detergent.
Crayon: If the crayon is soft, freeze the fabric to harden the crayon, and then scrape off the excess. Place the stain between clean paper towels and press with a warm iron to transfer the stain to the paper towels. Repeat as needed. Pre-treat with a pre-wash stain remover, blot and let dry.
Grass: Dab with methylated spirits and allow to dry and then wash as normal.
Ink stains: Spray with hairspray and blot with a paper towel. Biro stains can be removed by soaking in a little milk.
Mud: Pre-soak clothes as soon as possible in a bucket of cold water with three tablespoons of bicarbonate of soda for at least an hour. Then wash with a biological detergent.
Perspiration marks: Soak in white vinegar, rinse and then wash.
Red wine: Make a bicarbonate of soda and water paste and layer it onto the stain. Leave for a few hours, then moisten and then wash. You could also try continually rinsing with carbonated or soda water- check out remove the pain from stains guide for further information and links to videos.
Looking to store your favourite garments? Follow these top tips to ensure your clothes stay good as new:
- Before storing clothes, make sure they are washed or dry cleaned.
- Always store clothes in garment bags, these should be of a breathable material, such as cotton, not plastic.
- Put lavender sachets in with stored clothes, as well as smelling pleasant, lavender is an age-old moth deterrent.
- Choose a dry, cool and dark area to store your clothing and thoroughly clean the area first.
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