Tuesday, 2 October 2012

How To Launder Quilted Fabric: Fall 2012 Fashion Care Guide

From peacoats to patterns, the fall 2012 New York Fashion Week wowed attendees with statement items guaranteed to dress up any wardrobe. The fuzzy duds AND jeweled collars decking the runway definitely foretold a cozy/glam start to colder months. 

Even though our inner fashion divas were melting, we couldn't stop thinking about laundry. How could these flimsy fabrics and delicate dresses survive multiple washings??

Everyone knows that fashion is cyclical, so we decided to write a series of blog posts with tips for caring for fall trends. Who knows, maybe that wine trench will come back in 2020.

Quilted Fabric

Quilted fabric was all over the runway this season, which means that dry cleaners are about to see more than the average run of Burberry coats come fall.

It can be tempting to wash quilted jackets at home, but regular washing machines might mess up the stuffing. Improperly washed quilted items can leave the stuffing clumped in the bottom of each pocket, making your jacket look lumpy and uncared for.

Instead, opt for hand washing the item in a laundry vat or tub. Hand washing is easier on fabric and will prevent bunching of cotton batting (the filling inside most quilted items).

Once the item is completely clean, don’t put it in the dryer. Instead, hang the item until it is thoroughly dry. It is important to allow the item to dry fully before putting it away in order to prevent mildew.

Make sure to read the care label on your quilted fabric—it is often recommended that these items are dry clean only. Dry cleaners use a process that does not shrink wool, so if your quilted item is wool dry cleaning might be your best solution. 

Have you ever tried hand washing a quilted item? Let us know how it went in the comments-- and stay tuned for our next fall trend care tip. 

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