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Big wash: a guide for men

A man who knows how to take care of his clothes earns respect from the opposite sex. Housewives-women are slowly “dying out”, men more and more have to look after themselves, their appearance and the state of their wardrobe.

Every man already knows how to make scrambled eggs, but few of the stronger sex know how to properly wash capricious cashmere and silk, what to do with various stains that you just can’t wash off, and what clothes can and should not be carried to the laundry.

If you've ever asked similar questions, then this article is for you!

We hardly remember the days when women spent all day standing at the stove and washing their husband's endless socks.

Housewives in the full sense of the word are rare today. And what remains for men? The choice here is small: eat in restaurants or, at worst, dumplings; Wash all clothes yourself or take them to the dry cleaners.

Everything is simple with the restaurant - come, order, eat. With dumplings it is more difficult, but also doable. But what about laundry? Today, dear men, the magazine will help you figure out this difficult matter.

Generally speaking, you can take your entire wardrobe to the dry cleaners and say: “I want it all to be clean!”. But dry cleaning is dry cleaning because there are many products used for washing, the use of which is simply incompatible with the life of some things. So, a couple of dry cleaners - and you can forget about your favorite cashmere sweater and silk shirt.

Therefore, here are some tips for you on how to arrange “laundries” at home, especially today, with smart washing machines, it is much easier than, say, about 5 years ago, when they washed in a car, rinsed in a basin and dried on balcony…

Sweaters

Such things are made, as a rule, from knitwear, viscose or wool.

Knitwear cannot be washed in a washing machine, because it easily stretches, loses its shape, loses its original color, in general, the thing becomes completely unusable.

Dry cleaning is also not the best option, because the chemicals used there destroy the knitted fibers, as a result of which you will no longer be able to wear a sweater after two or three washes.

The best way is to soak knitwear in warm water for 10 minutes, adding a little washing powder. Then rinse the jacket a little, gently scrubbing the most polluted places; try not to stretch the product, otherwise it will lose its original shape.

Then wring out the sweater by wrapping it in a terry towel, and then lay it out on a flat surface, after laying a large towel or sheet on it.

Simple rules:

almost any knitwear is susceptible), then just walk on it with a special machine or simply shave it off with a razor (the most primitive and most reliable way).

Viscose is a very capricious material, and does not like dry cleaning either. But there is good news - viscose products can be washed in the machine by selecting the delicate wash mode (30`C) and using a special powder for delicate thin fabrics. However, you cannot squeeze a viscose sweater in a machine centrifuge! By and large, viscose cannot be squeezed out at all (the fibers of the fabric, when wet, lose strength. Therefore, wringing out such a sweater, you risk saying goodbye to it forever). It’s better to just hang the sweater on a coat hanger and wait for the water to drain, or treat it like a knitted sweater, simply laying it out on a flat surface.

Sweaters and other woollens are best washed by hand, but you can also wash them in the washing machine by selecting the hand wash cycle and turning off the spin cycle.

It is undesirable to soak the wool, but it is still possible if it is heavily soiled. After 1-2 hours of soaking, and sometimes even after 3-4 hours (depending on the degree of soiling), dip the woolen product in warm water for washing (or load it into the washing machine), adding washing powder. Clothes made of wool should not be rubbed, twisted, etc. When washing, you can squeeze such a product with your hands a little, and in order to wring it out, wrap it in a terry towel and twist it slightly.

Dry wool in the same way as viscose. And in no case should a wool sweater be dried in a washing machine centrifuge or on a radiator grill.

About shirts

A cotton shirt is easier to wash at home: just select the “cotton” washing mode, and then hang the already wrung out product on a coat hanger and wait until it dries. In general, cotton is the most unpretentious material, so you should not have any special problems with washing it.

And if you still decide to take a cotton shirt to dry cleaning, then be sure to ask to use hand, not machine wash (they have stronger machines than ours, home ones, which will have a bad effect on the condition of your shirt after a few “sessions”). And let them not use starch - it also reduces the life span of cotton.

As for linen shirts, most of them are really better to take to the laundry. The fact is that linen is a fabric that shrinks quickly and easily. And washing at home with your hands or in a typewriter, you can easily ruin it. But if you still decide to arrange a home wash for linen, then here's some advice for you: the water temperature should not exceed 60`C; wash in a typewriter - set a gentle mode, and use a special liquid shampoo for fine fabrics as a detergent; but to wring out laziness, and even more so to dry it in the drum of a washing machine, it is not worth it - then do not smooth out the folds and wrinkles at all. Plus, if you just hang your shirt on your hanger and let the water run off, it's more likely to retain its original size and shape.

If you decide to wash a silk shirt, then it is better to do the same as with linen, that is, wash in a typewriter, choosing a special mode (today this is provided for in most washing machines), and spin and dry already do it yourself: wrap the shirt in a towel, twist it slightly, and then, after squeezing it, hang it on a coat hanger. Silk is not dried in the sun or near heating appliances.

Now for the "bigger"…

One thing you definitely need to bring to the laundry is the suits. All your jackets, vests, trousers and also ties require proper and professional care, which can only be provided there.

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Remembering that all the chemicals that “wash” clothes in dry cleaners destroy the structure of the fabric, I will say that here the only correct and correct advice would be this: do not wash your suit more than at least once a month (unless, of course, you don’t walk in it every day and all day) - this way you will be able to prolong its existence.

About washing eternal jeans…

That's what absolutely every man has in his wardrobe, so it's jeans. And often more than one.

It is not necessary to carry this item of clothing to the laundry. You can easily wash them at home: washing temperature - 30-40 'C, washing mode - gentle, detergent - preferably liquid, without bleach.

Before washing, be sure to fasten all zippers and buttons and turn jeans inside out to help preserve their color. And do not soak jeans before washing, especially if sprinkled with powder: buttons and other metal fittings can rust.

If you are the owner of exclusive designer jeans, which can hardly be called jeans - a work of art and nothing more, then it is better to attribute such a thing to smart aunts in the laundry. And if you decide to wash them yourself, then do not soak or wash them for anything. And if your jeans are also trimmed with embroidery, beads, various rhinestones, precious or semi-precious stones, as well as any decorations made from natural materials - wood, shells, etc., then such "pants" must be placed in special bag.

Dry jeans in a sun-protected, well-ventilated area.

In conclusion, I want to add: Always read the tags on clothes before washing! As a rule, they indicate the most important information: what washing mode is required for this product, whether dry cleaning is acceptable, whether it can be wrung out, at what temperature it should be ironed, etc.

And remember that a man who knows how to take care not only of himself, but also of his clothes, is admired by the opposite sex. And besides, if you ever suddenly wash a couple of things for your beloved without ruining anything, then she will gladly cook you a delicious grilled chicken, a healthy vitamin salad... You will forget about dumplings!

Good luck to you, dear men!

Author: Stanislav Lenina