Blouses are a versatile and feminine garment that can be dressed up or down to suit any occasion. From delicate chiffon to cozy flannel, blouses come in a range of materials, each with their unique care requirements. If you want to keep your blouses looking their best, it's crucial to follow the proper washing and storing methods. Otherwise, you risk damaging the fabric, fading the color, or losing the blouse's shape. In this care guide, we'll cover some essential tips for washing and storing your blouses, so you can enjoy them for years to come.
After every wear
The Right Way To Wash Blouses
Washing a Blouse in the Washing Machine
Read the care label on your blouse. If it's machine washable, sort it by color and fabric type.
Pre-treat any stains by applying a small amount of detergent or stain remover directly to the affected area.
Place the blouse in the washing machine and close the door or lid.
Select a delicate or gentle cycle and use cold or warm water depending on the fabric type. If the blouse is made of delicate or thin fabric, use a delicate or hand wash cycle.
Add a small amount of detergent according to the package instructions. Use a mild detergent for delicate fabrics.
Start the wash cycle and wait until it's finished.
Remove the blouse from the washing machine and reshape it if necessary.
Hang the blouse to air dry. You may also use the dryer if the care label permits it, but use a low heat setting to prevent damage to the fabric.
Handwashing a Blouse
Fill a sink or basin with cool or warm water and add a small amount of detergent. Use a gentle, mild detergent for delicate fabrics.
Place the blouse in the water and gently scrub it with your hands to distribute the soap.
Rinse the blouse thoroughly under running water to remove all the soap.
Squeeze out the excess water and reshape the blouse if necessary. Do not wring or twist the fabric as this can damage the fibers and cause wrinkles and creases.
Hang the blouse to air dry. You may also lay it flat on a clean, dry towel to air dry, but make sure to reshape it first.
Dry Cleaning a Blouse
If the care label on your blouse 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. Dry cleaning is a gentle and safe method of cleaning delicate fabrics and embellished garments, and it ensures that the fabric retains its original shape, color, and texture.
How Often To Wash Blouses
Like dress shirts, blouses are typically made of materials that can absorb sweat and oils. They can also be more delicate and require special care, so it's best to wash them after every wear.
The Right Way To Store Blouses
How to Hang Blouses
Choose a hanger that fits the size of the blouse.
Button up the blouse and place it on the hanger with the collar resting on top of the hanger.
Smooth out any wrinkles or creases.
How to Fold Blouses
Lay the blouse flat, facing down with the sleeves out to the sides.
Fold the sides of the blouse to the center, making sure the sleeves are flat and straight.
Fold the blouse in half vertically, making sure the hem is aligned with the collar.
Smooth out any wrinkles or creases.
Expert Advice for Maintaining The Quality Of Your Blouses
To keep blouses in top shape, there are a few pro tips to consider beyond the basic care instructions. One helpful tip is to wash blouses inside out to prevent color fading and maintain their vibrancy. Additionally, using a mesh bag or proper drying rack can help prevent snagging or stretching of delicate fabrics during the washing and drying process. It's also important to avoid using fabric softeners on blouses, as they can leave behind a residue that can damage the fibers and reduce their absorbency. Instead, consider using a vinegar rinse as a natural alternative to soften and freshen fabrics. When storing blouses, it's best to hang them rather than fold them to prevent wrinkles and creases. However, make sure to choose the right hanger that fits the size of the blouse and supports its shape without stretching or distorting it. Lastly, to prevent discoloration or yellowing of white blouses, try soaking them in a solution of oxygen bleach and warm water before washing.
Just a friendly reminder that this care guide for blouses only provides general advice. Your blouses 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.