How To Look After Your School Wear
School wear in Australia can be expensive, especially if you have to keep replacing it. This is because school wear is often customised for specific schools and because it is made from premium materials to ensure its quality and longevity.
Nonetheless, school uniforms tend to take a beating. Therefore, it is important to do everything you can to ensure that they remain in good condition for as long as possible so that they last. Here are some tips to help you keep your kids’ school uniforms from wearing out too quickly.
Washing And Ironing
As with any laundry, you should always consult the care labels attached to the uniform before washing it. Importantly, make sure to use the right temperature and cycle for the fabric so that it doesn’t shrink. Usually, it’s best to simply wash in cold water, as this will prevent colours from running and also minimise the risk of clothes shrinking.
Generally, it is best to avoid using bleaches or fabric softeners, as these can damage or weaken the fibres of the material. Fabric softeners tend to leave a residue that builds up and causes the clothes to lose shape, while both fabric softeners and bleach can cause discolouration.
Always try washing the uniform separately from other clothes to prevent it from getting tangled or snagged on other items. Also, be sure to separate any whites and wash them separately, as you don’t want to risk the colours running and spoiling other clothing items.
When it comes to ironing, you should always try to iron your uniform while it is still slightly damp. Doing so will help remove stubborn wrinkles and creases with ease, making it look neat and presentable.
Using deodorants, antiperspirants and other sprays can leave marks on the uniform. Excessive use of antiperspirants, in particular, can leave a residue buildup that can permanently ruin the clothing. It’s always best to apply these kinds of products before getting dressed and then allow them time to dry before donning the uniform.
Kids love to just dump their clothes on the floor after school. However, ensure that the uniform is always hung up after wearing it. Some items like jumpers or t-shirts ‒ anything with elasticised necks ‒ should be folded rather than hung as this will prevent the neck from being stretched out of shape. Hanging or folding will help to prevent creases and keep the uniform looking fresh for longer.
Lastly, ensure that any tears or holes are mended as soon as they appear. This will prevent them from getting worse.
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