One of the greatest challenges a woman faces with her lingerie is the care and maintenance of the delicate fabrics that comes with such elegant undergarments. Things like removing stains, handwashing vs. machine wash, air dry vs. machine dry, and which type of treatments and cleaners use to remove stains and bad odors are just some of the dilemmas a lady faces when it comes to the treatment of her delicates. The following are some useful tips on the proper care and maintenance of your beautiful lingerie collection.
Hands vs. Machine
When it comes to your bras, knickers, and lingerie, handwashing is always the best and safest method of cleaning. You should never machine wash delicates (unless you hate them). Machine washing is the quickest and best way to stretch out and ruin the delicate fabrics in bras, panties, and lingerie pieces. So if you care at all for your delicates, always make sure to handwash them. Here’s how:
Prepare a nice bath for your lingerie by filling a basin or sink with lukewarm water and pour 2 capfuls of Lingerie Wash or Delicate Wash. Think of it as if you were preparing a nice, relaxing bubble bath for yourself.
Carefully submerge your delicates into the basin and gently agitate and shake up the water so that your lingerie pieces are evenly drenched with the soapy water. Let the items soak for a maximum of 30 minutes, especially when silk fabrics are involved. Imagine your lingerie twisting and dancing in the basin.
If you find colors in the water, relax! It’s normal! It’s just the dye in the fabric releasing color. This normally occurs during the first wash. You just have to apply the first rule of washing—never mix colors with whites. Think of your makeup palette when you segregate your lingerie. You wouldn’t want the wrong colors to mix with your favorite ones, would you?
Thoroughly rinse by running lukewarm water through the garments. Repeat the process until the fabrics are no longer soapy. Once satisfied, remove the water from the items by gently pressing on them. Be careful not to wring or squeeze.
When done washing and pressing the water out, hang your delicates to dry or lay them out flat on a drying rack. Air drying is always the best method when it comes to your dainty and sexy bras and panties. To remove wrinkles, do not use a flat iron directly on the fabric, especially when it’s silk or synthetics. Use steam instead.
Removing Stains on Your Delicates
Removing stains from delicate bras, panties, and lingerie is one of the toughest challenges in undergarment maintenance. If you face this problem, the first thing you need to do is to pre-treat the stains on the heavily worn and delicate areas of the item such as the straps, underwire, and lace. Use a specialty stain remover to work the stain and the surrounding area.