Here in Sunny Singapore, the most difficult type of clothing to keep in the wardrobe is definitely winter wear. Firstly, thick sweaters, cardigans and coats take up a lot of space in the closet and secondly, outerwear made of leather or suede requires constant maintenance in our humidity. Unless you are a jet-setter who travels frequently to cold climate cities, your winter wear is most likely to end up sitting at the back of your closet for most of the year.
At the end of each holiday, besides having to deal with the despair and depression that sets in post-vacation, there usually is also a ton of dirty laundry to do. What do you do about the bulky knitted sweaters, jackets, coats and windbreakers? The easiest way is to pack and ship it all off to the Laundromat, but if you have the time and are willing to take the effort to wash them yourself at home, here is our Laundry 101 guide on how to do just that.
For sweaters made of cotton or synthetic material, set your washing machine on the gentle cycle and wash using a mild detergent. To wash more delicate materials like cashmere or wool, place sweaters in a pillow case with a zipper and place in the washer to run on the delicate cycle. If you have sweaters made of delicate silk, you will have to hand-wash it in cold water using a mild detergent.
Beautiful to look at and great for keeping warm in, the only downside to leather jackets is perhaps the efforts needed to keep it in tip-top shape. However, it should be a consolation to know that even with regular wear, leather jackets only need to be cleaned once or twice a year.
Leather should be dry cleaned and you will require 2 wash cloths or sponges, small bucket and about 2 teaspoons of mild detergent. Mix the detergent with about 2 cups of warm water and dip the wash cloth or sponge into the mixture. Gently wipe the surface of the attire with the wash cloth and rinse the soap off with tap water using the other wash cloth or sponge. Finish by applying a coat of leather conditioner before storing in a zippered coat bag until the next time you use it.
Down Filled Jacket
Down filled jackets can be washed in the washer but some prep work will be required. Firstly, remove the hood if there is a fur lining; if there isn’t any, you can throw it into the washer to wash together with the jacket. Next, turn the jacket inside out and place into a mesh laundry bag. Throw the mesh laundry bag into the washer and have the settings on gentle wash with cold water.
Place a wool jacket into the washer with the setting on gentle or hand-wash cycle. Prepare a clean toilet to squeeze any excess moisture from the jacket as it is ill-advised to dry it in the dryer. Instead, let the jacket rest on the towel to dry thoroughly.
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