Bibs are essential for keeping your baby's clothes clean and dry during mealtime. They often come in a variety of materials, including cotton, polyester, and plastic, each requiring different care instructions to maintain their quality and effectiveness. In this care guide, we'll explore the best practices for washing and storing bibs, so you can keep them looking great and functioning well for your little one. From pre-treating stains to choosing the right washing method, we'll cover everything you need to know to keep your baby's bibs clean and ready for the next meal.
After every use
The Right Way To Wash Bibs
Washing Bibs in the Washer
Remove any solid food or stains from the bib using a spoon or spatula. Rinse the bib under cold water to remove any remaining food debris.
Sort the bibs by color and fabric type.
Place the bibs in the washing machine. If the bibs have any Velcro closures or snaps, be sure to fasten them to prevent snagging other garments in the wash.
Select a gentle cycle and use warm or hot water depending on the care label.
Add a small amount of detergent according to the package instructions. Use a mild detergent for delicate fabrics or if the bibs have any printed designs.
Start the wash cycle and wait until it's finished.
Remove the bibs from the washer and reshape them if necessary.
Hang the bibs to air dry or place them in the dryer on a low heat setting.
Fill a sink or basin with warm water and add a small amount of detergent.
Place the bib in the water and gently scrub any stains with a soft-bristled brush or your fingers.
Rinse the bib thoroughly under running water to remove all the soap.
Squeeze out the excess water and reshape the bib if necessary.
Hang the bib to air dry or lay it flat on a clean towel.
Note: If the bib is made of delicate fabrics, such as silk or satin, handwashing is the preferred method to avoid damage.
Dry Cleaning Bibs
If the care label on your bib says "Dry Clean Only," take it to a professional dry cleaner. Do not attempt to wash it at home as it may damage the fabric or color.
How Often To Wash Bibs
Bibs are used to catch food and can get soiled easily. They should be washed after every use to maintain their appearance and prevent odors. Bibs made of more absorbent materials, such as terry cloth, may need to be washed more frequently.
The Right Way To Store Bibs
How to Roll Bibs
Lay the bib flat with the front side down.
Starting from the bottom, roll the bib up into a tight roll.
Store the rolled bibs in a drawer or on a shelf.
Expert Advice for Maintaining The Quality Of Your Bibs
To keep bibs in top shape, it's important to follow a few practical tips. First, avoid washing bibs with heavy or abrasive materials to prevent damage to the fabric. Sorting bibs by color and fabric type can help prevent colors from bleeding and keep delicate fabrics from getting damaged. Fastening any closures, such as Velcro or snaps, can prevent snagging on other garments in the wash. Washing bibs inside out can help protect any printed or embroidered designs. Using a mild detergent and following the package instructions is essential to avoid damaging delicate fabrics or colors. Using salt as a mordant or dye-fixer can help prevent color bleeding for new bibs. It's recommended to invest in mesh bags or a proper drying rack, especially for delicate bibs. Air drying bibs is the best way to prevent shrinkage or damage to the fabric, so skipping the dryer whenever possible is strongly recommended. Finally, always follow the care label instructions for best results.
Just a friendly reminder that this care guide for bibs only provides general advice. Your bibs may have specific care requirements based on its material, style, and manufacturer instructions, so always check the care label before washing or storing it. If you're unsure about anything, it's always best to consult a professional cleaner. Please note that the author of this guide is not responsible for any damages or losses resulting from the use or misuse of any information from this blog.
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About The Writer
Marcene Livn has worked in the cleaning industry for more than a decade. Her specialty is stain removal. From everyday spills to tough, set-in stains, Marcene's methods and knowledge are unmatched.