Your glamourous summer wardrobe can quickly turn disastrous when you’re not aware of potential harm to those delicate fabric fibres. Here are some top tips:
Antiperspirants: Deodorant and antiperspirants can and will build up on your clothes, and we know you’ll be piling it on for that summer heat, However, these products can cause fibre damage and yellowing. Aluminum Chloride can weaken fibres in cotton, linen, rayon and synthetic fabrics. This weakening in the fabric fibre can result in hole while cleaning. What you can do? Avoid over overuse and allow antiperspirants to dry completely before getting dressed, as well, clean soiled garments sooner, rather than later.
Sunblock: Sunblock is a summer must have for those of us that burn after being out there for even just ten minutes, just be aware that sunblock is prone to invisible staining meaning colour loss and permanent stains may only show up after cleaning and you may not see the stain until it’s too late. What you can do? Follow any instructions on the bottle, allow your skin to soak up the product and dry before dressing, and wash your hands before directly handling any clothes.
Swimwear: It’s 30+ outside and you’re dying to hit the pool and show off that fabulous new swimwear you just bought right? It’s likely no secret that chlorine found in pools, spas and hot tubs can damage the spandex fibre in your swimwear. The is the cause for the good old fashioned “saggy swim butt” before the season’s even over! While it’s difficult to control it as you can’t control whats in the pools, rinsing your swimsuit in regular water immediately after use can help minimize the break down, and don’t forget to always follow the care instruction on your suit, they are there for a reason!
Self Tanning Lotions: Like the little extra help to get that summer vaycay glow? We don’t blame you, but your clothing might. Self tanners can discolour almost everything they touch! Light tan, brown and yellow and typical stains often found on the cuffs, collar and upper button areas and are quite difficult to remove completely. What can you do? Allow your skin to dry, and wash your hands before going anywhere near your OOTD (outfit of the day) if product does end up on your clothes, clean them as soon as possible as these stains are very difficult to remove if left too long Insect Repellents: We all know warm weather + grass = mosquitoes, and as insect repellents do a good job at protecting your skin, they do a not so good job protecting your clothes. Repellents themselves may not damage the fibres of your clothes, they often contain alcohol which is very good at colour changing and loss. Especially on fabrics like acetate and rayon. What can you do? Read the label carefully, if you can avoid repellents that contain alcohol, that is your best option although some people find they tend to not work as well. If you must use an alcohol based repellent follow the care label on your clothes and clean them sooner rather than later, especially if applying directly to clothing!