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Care Tips For Your Lolita Garments

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This article is more like an ultimate fabric-based care knowledge book. You may learn more about what and how are fabrics made of by reading this article.

Check the charts below to give your beautiful Lolita outfits the best care!

1. 100% Cotton Garments

Care Tips for 100% Cotton Garments: 

√ Machine Wash

√ Spin dry

  • ①Cool water cycle 
  • ②Gentle laundry detergent 
  • ③Gentle cycle speed
  • ④Treat stains before tossing into the washing machine
  • ⑤lights and darks in different batches
√ Handwash


√ Air-dry

  • ①Cold or warm water
  • ②A gentle stretch after wash
  • ③Dry clothes flat and out of the sun
√Dryer
  • ①Do not over-dry, take the cotton garments out while they are still damp
  • ②Use a low-heat/permanent press setting 
  • ③Need reshaping before you let them dry

How to Treat Stains:

 

  • Deal with it as soon as possible
  • You can wash a stain out of 100% cotton with water and regular laundry detergent while the stain is still fresh. Stronger stains like grass, mud, or red wine might need a heavier treatment.
  • √ Oxygen-based Bleach
  • It works on white and colorful clothing, and it works slowly, which is better for the fibers. As soon as possible after staining, you should soak the stained item in water and oxygen bleach, according to the directions on the bleach package. Then, wash as normal.
  • × Chlorine-based Bleach
  • Chorine-based bleach will weaken the fiber, which can lead to tears or fraying. It will also leave bleach stains on colored fabrics, so you should only use chlorine bleach on whites.
  • Fabric softener(available)
  • Cotton items are don't need a fabric softener to be soft.  However, fabric softener won't damage the fibers. So it's up to you to decide whether to use it or not. I, personally, add them just for their nice scent :).
Where to Dry:
  • ①White cotton can dry in the sun
  • ②Colorful cotton should hang on up inside or in the shade
How to Iron:
  • ①Use a low to medium heat setting
  • ②Turn the item inside out before you iron it
  • ③Use a pressing cloth from excess heat or you can spray the garment with water for extra steam
  • ④Iron in the direction of the fabric's grain, and check it periodically 

How to store:

√ Hang or fold

× Sealed containers

  • ①Hang or fold
  • ②Keep it in a dresser or closet
  • ③Avoid sealed containers like plastic bins


2. Linen or Cotton-linen Blended Garments

Care Tips for Linen or Cotton-linen Blended Garments:  similar to cotton but gentler

√ Machine Wash

√ Gentle Spin dry

  • ①In Lukewarm or cold water cycle
  • ②Mild detergent
  • ③A delicate or short cycle
  • ④Use a laundry bag if necessary
  • ④Treat stains before tossing into the washing machine
  • ⑤lights and darks in different batches
    • Noted: new linen dyes tend to bleed in the first wash, better handwash them separately.

√√ Handwash

√√ Air-dry

  • ①Cold water
    • hand-wash in cold water will extend the life of linen fabric.
  • ②Short soak and gentle rub
    • × a hard brusher
  • ③Squeeze the water, don't wring out hard
×Dryer
  • Avoid using a dryer.
  • If in a hurry, you may tumble dry on low for five minutes but take them out before the clothes get too dry or you will have a hard time ironing.
How to Treat Stains:
  • Deal with it as soon as possible
  • Immediately put some water and soak or even dishwasher if it is a greasy one.
  • × Oxygen-based Bleach
  • Only for white linen garments. Do not over-bleach, excessive bleach can cause stiffness in linen
  • × Chlorine-based Bleach
  • × Fabric softener
  • Fabric softeners can cause build-up on the linen and have a reverse effect.
Where to Dry:
  • Hang on up inside in soft sunlight or in the shade
  • Do not be exposed to the sun for a long time. Otherwise, the characteristics of linen fabrics will cause fiber hardening, thus affecting the comfort and shape of the clothing.
How to Iron:
  • ①Add a bit of moisture or steam
  • ②Iron when the garment is still a bit damp
  • ③Others are the same as ironing cotton

How to store:

√ Hang or fold

× Sealed containers

  • ①Hang or fold
  • ②Keep it in a dresser or closet
  • ③Avoid sealed containers like plastic bins


3. Woolen Garments

Care Tips for Woolen Garments:  

√ Machine Wash

√ Gentle Spin dry

  • Machine Wash for synthetic and woolen blend garment 
    • Only wash them when necessary to help woolen garments last longer
  • ①A delicate(wool/handwash) cycle. 
  • ②Add an extra rinse to the wash cycle.
  • ③Choose a wool detergent
  • ④Turn wool clothes inside-out

√√ Handwash

√√ Air-dry

  • Handwash for woolen fabric which is 100% animal yarn
  • ①Gentle rub, do not rub the fabric together
  • ②Short soak, less than 10 minutes
  • ③Squeeze or press the water out as much as you can, don't wring out hard 
×Dryer
  • To avoid shrinking, don't put wool clothing in the dryer frequently.
  • Once a season is enough to keep it in good shape.

How to Treat Stains:

 

  • Deal with it as soon as possible
  • Spot-clean small stains by absorbing with water and mild soap
  • Remove pilled fabric, lint, and pet hair with a fuzz remover and fabric shaver product.
  • ×× Oxygen-based Bleach
  • ×× Chlorine-based Bleach
  • Wool is protein fibers, any bleach will damage wool.
  • ×Fabric softener
    • two cups of white distilled vinegar are safer. A fabric softener may make it feel softer in the short term but will also considerably shorten its life and may ruin it completely.
  • √Two cups of white distilled vinegar to soften stiff woolen garments
  • √Dry cleaning(optional)
Where to Dry:
  • Don't hang dry. Lay flat to dry
  • Dry on a fresh towel or mesh rack
  • Away from direct heat or sunlight
  • Carefully adjust the shape of the garment to ensure it is evenly stretched as it dries.
How to Iron:
  • ①Use the coolest setting
  • ②iron when you need to
  • ③Use a pressing cloth

How to store:

×Hang √ Fold

√ Sealed containers

√Moth repellant

  • Never hang wool on clothes hangers. 
  • ①Fold woolen garments and store them in a cedar dresser drawer.
  • ②Keep it in a dresser or closet
  • ③Put in sealed containers like plastic bins for long-term storage.
  • ④Toss a dry lavender bag to prevent bugs when necessary


4. Silk Garments

Care Tips for Silk Garments:  

√ Machine Wash

√ Short Spin dry

  • √ Machine Wash:
  • ①Only wash on a delicates/silk cycle
  • ②Use a mesh bag from tangling and ruining
  • Be warned
  • Silk garments may lose color, body, and texture or get damaged in the machine.
  • √ Short Spin dry
    • Only with the silk cycle, as short as possible

√√ Handwash

√√ Air-dry

  • ①Cold water
  • ②Mild silk-friendly detergent 
  • ③Short soak(no more than 5 minutes) 
  • ④Slow and gentle swish
  • ⑤Use a fabric conditioner in the final rinse (or even a small amount of hair conditioner).
  • ⑥Ball your silk together to remove excess water (wringing your silk out will damage its fibers)
×Dryer
  • Do not tumble dry. 
  • The high temperatures of the tumble dryer can shrink or damage your silks.
How to Treat Stains:
  • ①Spot treat any stains with cool water and a diluted detergent solution. 
  • ②Test the solution on a hidden part of the garment.
  • ③Be gentle when spot-treating silk, as rubbing one spot too much can lighten the fabric.
  • ×× Oxygen-based Bleach
  • ×× Chlorine-based Bleach
  • Same as wool. Silk is protein fibers, any bleach will damage the silk.
  • √√Fabric softener/ Fabric conditioner
  • Use a fabric conditioner in the final rinse (or even a small amount of hair conditioner).
  • √Dry cleaning(the best way)
Where to Dry:
  • Hang on or lay to air-dry
  • Don't dry in direct sunlight. Dry in a cool, dry place
How to Iron:
  • ①Turn garment inside out 
  • ②Turn the iron to low heat or the silk setting
  • ③Use a pressing cloth
  • ④Only iron silk when dry
  • ⑤Do not spray or wet silk when ironing

How to store:

√ Hang or fold

× Sealed containers

√Moth repellant

  • √Hang or Fold
    • hang or fold them in a cool, dry closet
    • Keep silk out of the sun
  • ×Sealed containers
    • Store them in a breathable plastic bag for a long time storage.
    • √Use moth repellant


5. Polyester Garments

Care Tips for Polyester Garments:  

√ √ Machine Wash:

√ √Spin dry

  • ①Turn garments inside out
  • ②Cool or warm water
  • ③Use the permanent cycle (shorter and gentler compared to cotton cycles)
  • ④Normal heavy-duty washing detergents

√√ Handwash

√√ Air-dry

  • ①Various washing detergents and soaps
  • ②Washing temperature: lower than 45 ℃
  • ③Wring water out lightly
×Dryer
  • easy to air-dry, no need for a dryer
  • ①Can be tumble dried on a low-medium temperature setting
  • ②Remove the garments from the dryer while slightly damp(to avoid wrinkles and static build-up)
How to Treat Stains:
  • ①Spot treat heavy stains before a normal wash
  • ②Sweat often leaves stains on polyester clothing and if not cleaned in a time, the sweat can also cause discoloration.
  • ③Synthetic fibers hold onto oily stains. If you get an oil-based stain on a polyester blouse, it will not be removed in normal washing. This is a stain that is best handled by washing with warm water or even a professional dry cleaner
  • √ Oxygen-based Bleach(optional)
  • × Chlorine-based Bleach
  • It will strip away the fiber's outer coating to reveal the yellow inner core.
  • √ Stain remover (optional)
  • √ Fabric softener (optional)
  • Polyester clothing may be stiff, so add fabric softener to relax the fibers if you prefer.
Where to Dry:
  • ①Avoid being exposed to the sun
    • brightly colored synthetic fabrics fade easily in the sun.
  • ②Hang on inside out to dry
How to Iron:
  • ①Turn the garments inside out.
  • ②Iron temperature: no more than 110℃ 
    • Polyester will melt beneath a hot iron
  • ③Use a damp pressing cloth
    • This helps get out stubborn wrinkles without damaging the polyester fabric.
  • ④If the wrinkles are stubborn, spray the fabric with water on a medium heat setting. If that doesn't work, try using a clothing steamer.

How to store:

√ Hang or fold

√ Sealed containers

  • √ Hangwoven items and tightly knit items in the closet
  • √ Foldloosely knitted polyester pieces, and place them in drawers. 
  • √ Hang in a garment bag or put in a sealed container for long-term storage


6. Nylon Garments

Care Tips for Nylon Garments:  similar to polyester garments

√ √ Machine Wash:

√ √Spin dry

  • ①Regular synthetic detergent
  • ②Use a mesh bag when washing nylon stockings or tights
  • ③To avoid static cling, use a small amount of fabric softener 

√√ Handwash

√√ Air-dry

  • You don't have to hand wash nylon garments but you can delay piles by handwash
  • Nylon is easy to wash and dry, it's not labor-intensive
  • ①Various washing detergents and soaps
  • ②Washing temperature: lower than 45℃
  • ③Wring lightly
×Dryer(optional)
  • The more nylon is dried, the more likely they are to pill and become worn out.
How to Treat Stains:
  • ①Spot treat stains before a regular wash
  • ②Synthetic fibers hold onto oily stains. If you get an oil-based stain, it will not be removed in normal washing. It is best handled by washing with warm water or even a professional dry cleaner
  • √ Oxygen-based Bleach(optional)
  • × Chlorine-based Bleach
  • It will strip away the fiber's outer coating to reveal the yellow inner core.
  • √ Stain remover (optional)
  • √ Fabric softener (optional)
  • Add fabric softener to relax the fibers if you prefer.
Where to Dry:
  • ①Avoid being exposed to the sun
    • brightly colored synthetic fabrics fade easily in the sun.
  • ②Hang on inside out or lay flat to air-dry in a cool place
How to Iron:
  • √ steam ironing only
  • temperature: no more than 110℃

How to store:

√ Hang or fold

√ Sealed containers

  • √ hang or fold in a cool and dry closet 


7. Spandex Blended Garments 

Care Tips for Spandex Blended Garments:  

√  Machine Wash:

√ Spin dry

  • ①Regular synthetic detergent
  • ②Use a mesh bag when washing nylon stockings or tights
  • ③To avoid static cling, use a small amount of fabric softener 

 Handwash

√ Air-dry

  • You don't have to hand wash nylon garments but you can delay piles by handwash
  • Nylon is easy to wash and dry, it's not labor-intensive
  • ①Various washing detergents and soaps
  • ②Washing temperature: lower than 45℃
  • ③Wring lightly
×Dryer(optional)
  • The heat of the dryer can cause some spandex-blends to pucker or bubble. 
How to Treat Stains:
  • ①Spot treat stains before a regular wash
  • ②Synthetic fibers hold onto oily stains. If you get an oil-based stain, it will not be removed in normal washing. It is best handled by washing with warm water or even a professional dry cleaner
  • ×Hot water
  • ×Chlorine bleach
Where to Dry:
  • Unless care labels provide otherwise, hang spandex garments to dry.
How to Iron:
  • If ironing is necessary, press the item quickly with a warm iron.

How to store:

√ Hang or fold

√ Sealed containers

  • √ hang or fold in a cool and dry closet 


8. Acrylic Fiber Blended Garments

Care Tips for Acrylic Fiber Blended Garments:  

√  Machine Wash:

√ Spin dry

  • ①Cold or warm water cycle
  • ②Turn garments inside out before laundering to reduce pilling
  • ③Add a fabric softener during the final rinse cycle to reduce static electricity 
  • ④Do not overload the washer. Acrylic clothes should move freely in the washer to prevent wrinkling

 Handwash

√ Air-dry

  • Acrylic is relatively durable and resistant to abrasion, so you don't have to handwash them.
  • ①Various washing detergents and soaps
  • ②Washing temperature: lower than 45℃
  • ③Wring lightly
√ Dryer(optional)
  • ①The high heat of the dryer will damage the acrylic fiber. 
  • ②Low temperature: no more than 30℃
  • ③Use dryer sheets to prevent static electricity
  • ④Remove garments as soon as they are finished.
  • It may lose its shape or stretch if placed in the dryer. It could also be left with permanent wrinkles if not properly dried.
How to Treat Stains:
  • spot treat stains before a regular wash
  • ×Hot water
  • ×Bleach
  • The bleach will melt/eat holes in it and turn it brittle. 
  • Bleach is only for natural fabrics.
Where to Dry:
  • Unless care labels provide otherwise, hang spandex garments to dry.
How to Iron:
  • If ironing is necessary, use a moderately warm iron.

How to store:

√ Hang or fold

​​​​​​​√ Sealed containers

  • √ hang or fold
  • store in a cool, dry place out of direct sunlight.


9. Care tips for Rayon Garments

The same as cotton and linen garments


This's all the care tips based on fibers in the fabrics of your beautiful Lolita garments. Please leave a comment if you have any questions. (*^▽^*)

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