The more intricate the embroidery on your garment, the more care it needs. Always read the care instructions on the label before washing them. For items that can be washed at home, the following tips will come handy.
1) Test for Colour Fastness
If the embroidery on your garment has threads in multiple colours, try this simple test at home. Soak a white cloth in cold water and gently rub it over the embroidered patch. If a cloth is cumbersome to use, try a cotton swab. Now, look at the white cloth or cotton swab to check for any colour transfer. If there is a colour transfer, do not wash your garment at home, you need to send them for dry-cleaning.
2) Pre-Treat Stained Areas
In case of an accidental spill on your elegant embroidered dress, spot treat stains as soon as possible. If you are hand-washing your garment, make a cleaning solution by mixing 1 tbsp. of mild detergent in 2 cups of water. Apply this solution on the stained patches and let it rest for about 10 minutes and then wash as you normally do.
3) Soak in Cold Water
Always soak your expensive embroidered clothes in cold water to prevent the dyes from bleeding.
4) Use Mild Detergent
Ensure that the detergent you use to wash your embroidered clothes dissolves quickly in the water and is gentle on the fabric. Residue detergent can damage your clothing.
5) Do not Wring
Never wring your embroidered clothes. If you need to squeeze out excess water from your garment, wrap it in a clean, dry towel. Then, gently press the towel to remove excess water.
6) Don’t Dry in Direct Sunlight
Direct sun exposure can damage the colour of the embroidery threads. Place your embroidered garment on a clean, dry towel on a flat surface and let it air-dry.
7) Do not Iron
It’s ideal if you can use a garment steamer to iron your embroidered clothes. If unavailable, you can iron them inside out with a conventional iron.
8) Wrap in a Muslin Cloth
Fold your embroidered clothes inside out and wrap them neatly in a muslin cloth. Store it in a dry place.
Try these simple and effective tips to keep your embroidered clothes looking new and bright for longer.