When you’ve spent your hard-earned money on brand new clothes, the last thing you want is for them to be ruined during the very first wash. So, whether you want to find out how to prevent colour bleeding, or advice on how to remove dye stains from clothes – read on for the low-down on keeping your new clothes clean and stain-free!
How to Wash New Clothes
It’s difficult to know whether the colour on new clothing will run – it usually depends on the quality of the garment, or simply how it has been dyed. However, there are measures you can take to help prevent it from happening.
Before washing a new item, remember these tips:
Wash with cool water. Hot water is more likely to make the dye on fabric run, so always wash for the first time in a cool temperature – around 30 degrees is fine, or warm to the touch if you are hand washing.
Turn items inside out. This will help to prevent dye running, and it’ll also reduce the chances of other garments being stained if it does!
Sort by colour. If dye does run, it might not be a problem if you are washing similar colours, so always wash lights and darks separately.
Avoid leaving damp clothes if washing in the washing machine. Wet clothing is likely to colour bleed, to remember to remove clothing and dry it as soon as you can when using a machine.