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Everything you should know about your clothing materials ⋆ Pressto | Malaysia's Premier Laundry & Dry Clean Service

How To Care For Each Of Them?

As often as all of us wear clothes every day, have we actually taken a look at what they were made of? Sure, we may have looked at the tag once before buying it and may have seen that it was cotton or polyester or some weird fabric that you’ve never heard of.

But what do these materials mean for the average person? How can you understand what’s on your dress tag? Here we will show you a few common clothing materials and explain to you why they even matter in the first place.

 

Cotton

First off, cotton. It is the most widely used natural fibre material for clothing around the world due to their relatively cheap price tag and comfort. Its comfort is in part due to its ability to absorb moisture away easily and also due to its hypoallergenic properties making it more sought after by the population. Most T shirts are cotton mixed with polyester in a good ratio to allow comfort as well as durability as cotton can shrink over time. Polyester is a synthetic material that is added due to its wrinkle resistant properties and some stretch ability. For 100% cotton shirts, keep in mind that heat will cause it to shrink so if possible hand wash it in cold water or set the washing machine temperature at low. When drying, set it outside under natural sunlight but don’t leave it out for too long.

 

 

Denim

Denim is a variant of the cotton material that is interwoven to produce the familiar pattern we all associate with the material. Denim has been around since the 19th century interestingly enough was invented due to a tailor getting a request from a lady to create more reinforced jeans for her husband to chop wood. The popularity for the strong material surged shortly after making it one of the most popular materials of today. Today, denim is mostly used in jeans and sometimes jackets, and chances are you have a pair that you use every now and then. To care for them, make sure you turn them inside out when washing and always use cold water. Also try not to use heavy detergents. It is also recommended that denim materials are washed less often to prevent colour fading.

 

Silk

Silk material is derived from a certain insect larvae of the moth caterpillars which was first produced in ancient China. It was a common trade item during its first production and was held in high regard due to its unique texture and ability to hold warmth. This made it very ideal for cold weather and was also breathable enough to not be uncomfortable during the hot days. Silk is now used today for many different clothes with the most notable ones being dresses and ties. To care for silk, first press it with an iron against a white fabric. If it doesn’t leave any stains, you can wash it. A hand washing with slight use of a detergent is the most ideal to give it a long life.

 

 

 

Leather

Considered one of the more expensive materials, leather is made from tanning animal hide. Most leather today is made from cow skin and has a very unique smooth texture. Leather is also known for being able to put up with a lot of wear and tear due to their durability and also the fact that they look better as they age. Leather is used to make sofas, phone cases, footwear and most notably; the jacket. To care for your leather wearable’s, you can spray them with a waterproofing liquid that helps to keep them water resistant. You should also air dry them in room temperature and keep them away from heat sources.

 

 

 

 

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