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Fabric Care
When you buy any fabric apparel then one thing that you keep thinking about it that how to take care of them. First things first, when you buy any fabric piece you must make sure that it has a care label attached with it. Care label is generally attached to the cloth firmly where it could be easily seen by the customer. It provides some useful instructions about taking care of the apparel, like washing, drying, ironing etc. The care label is important because usually the customer does not know about all these specification as different types of fabrics have different instructions for cleaning.


Next thing to look out for is the harmful effect of the strains on the fabric. One should follow some general instructions for removing common strains. We are providing some instructions for caring fabric apparel below. However it should be noted that the instructions provided on the care label must be given the preference above those being mentioned now.


First apply a good quality stain remover to the strain. Then rub the strain with warm water before applying it with a good quality liquid detergent, which is meant for that fabric, to it. Just a word of caution ? never use any soap to wash good quality fabric. Allow it to dry. Most common stains can be removed by this process. There are many products available in the market to take care of your fabrics. Some of them are Stain removers, Softeners, Detergents, and so on.


For different types of stains there are different stain removers available in the market. So you should choose the one which suits your fabric. Detergents are commonly used in all house holds to wash clothes. The reason behind their popularity over soaps is that they work well with all levels of water hardness.

It is recommended that you should follow the instructions provided on the detergent for their proper use.


Another popular fiber care product worth to be mentioned is Starch. The main function of starch is to add body to the fabric and to make ironing easier.


Washing of the fabric is most important thing in fabric care. There are some definite ways of washing and cleaning the fabric. Those are dry cleaning, wet cleaning and pressing/ironing. Dry cleaning involves the use of distilled solvents with absolutely no use of water or if required then minimum quantity of water should be used. Make sure to use a good quality solvent or else it could result in graying of white fabrics leaving an bad odor. Wet cleaning involves the use of water and the use of computer which controls machines, conditioners, soap and finishers in an specific amount.


One should take care that they do not wet clean their dry clean only clothes as it could spoil them. Laundering is of two types, professional and home. Professional laundering is used mostly by dry cleaners as it is little difficult to handle than home laundering. Some points to be noted in home laundering are

Detergents used must be of good quality.
Use of bleach should be restricted to only those fabrics which are resistant to color fading because bleach can remove the colors and dyes present in your garments.


Last but not least comes pressing or ironing. Different types of cloths require different types of pressing. Linen requires higher heat press when damp. Silk should be ironed with steam at a low temperature. Using a press cloth will be a great idea. Ironing of woolen cloths must be done at a moderate temperature with a steam press.


 
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