As the colder weather has come to visit the Northern Hemisphere, people are now gearing up through warm and comfy clothes and blankets. Many people may grab their knitted wool sweaters, but some people prefer to use fleece.
Fleece is often seen as a vegan-friendly product and has a fuzzy feel to it. It is also resilient; it doesn’t pill or form those balls that can ruin clothes, thus making fleece a choice for many lint-conscious people.
But like any other fabric, fleece must be maintained. And although its maintenance can be quite a bit fussy, it is actually incredibly easy.
So jump in your warm socks and jackets, its time to clean your fleece!
Stay Gentle laundry washing fleece
Though we said earlier that fleece is structurally tough, it can get dirty or maybe even damaged when things go wrong. And so, it is essential to follow through its basic care methods, well, carefully.
Before washing your fleece thoroughly, check if there are stains that need attention. Incredibly, you can use a mixture of baby powder and cornstarch and leave it overnight on the stain so that it can loosen up all the dirt.
But if you don’t feel so confident, dab a bit of gentle detergent on the stain and leave it overnight. Be patient; miracles just don’t happen immediately!
Since it is wool-like, fleece is perfect in absorbing body oils and sweat. Because of this, you need to turn your fleece sweaters inside out, and your blankets underside up before placing them inside your washing machine.
Pour in cold water and a gentle liquid detergent. As much as possible, avoid using powdered soap as they may wedge themselves between the fleece fibres and cause nasty smells and damage to the fleece.
Also, avoid using detergent with bleach when washing the fleece. Doing so might break down the natural liquid resistance that the fabric has, and even cause pilling, which may damage its appearance.
Set the washer in a gentle cycle. When done, simply air-dry the entire thing as using the dryer can also damage its structure.
If you wish to handwash your fleece, you can adjust the steps as necessary. Be careful though- it can get heavy and wear you out!
Some Dos and Donts
While we have stated earlier that bleaches and hot dryer temperatures are a big no-no, they’re actually the very least of your “things to avoid like COVID-19.”
Ironing is also not an option, since again, it utilizes hot temperatures that may damage the fleece. Steaming too, must not happen for the same reason.
Dry cleaning must also be avoided under the same principle. If you want to make the fleece soft using fabric softener, tough luck! It’s also not allowed.
Avoid washing your fleece with fabrics that have the potential to pill or form lint. Examples of these include cotton and polyester.
Fleece is usually sold undyed, highlighting its natural whiteness. If your fleece piece isn’t a brilliant shining white or is starting to yellow, sun drying does the trick.
You also need to be mindful of your storage practices. We haven’t emphasized enough how excessive heat must be avoided at all costs!
With this, fleece must be stored in a cool, dry place. It tends to attract moths and other nasty insects, and so, you may need to stock up on mothballs too.
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