Stop — don’t throw your clothes in the washing machine just yet! Before you select the wash cycle, there are few things you should be doing to your laundry.
- Laundry Labels – If you want your clothes to become shrunken or misshapen then go ahead and throw all of your laundry blindly into the washer. If not, read the labels on each piece of clothing you own. These labels will let you know which items can’t be washed and which ones need special instructions.
- Organization – Clothing is meant to be sorted and washed with other similar garments. Start your new sorting habit by separating clothing by soil level, fabric type, and light from dark.
- Stain Removal – Stains should be pre-treated before they are put into the washing machine. While the stain is fresh, blot it repeatedly with a cloth that is damp with cool water. Lightly dab the stain from the outside and work your way inwards to prevent spreading it further.
- Inside Out – Pilling is when certain materials, like cotton, form into little balls onto the surface of the clothing. To avoid pilling on your favorite sweater, t-shirts, and delicates, turn all of your clothing inside out.
- Fix Before Wash – If your clothing has any small tears or rips, repair them before washing. The high speed spinning and agitation in the washing machine can further damage your clothing.
Break the habit of throwing all of your clothes into the washer at once and start adopting these great pre-wash rituals. You can’t do laundry when your washing machine is busted, so when yours is broken, contact Tri-City Appliance, Plumbing, Heating & Cooling. To learn more, or to schedule an appointment, give us a call at (203) 303-5700.