When it comes to refreshing your fall wardrobe post-storage, some items (like bulky coats, suit jackets, and "dry clean only" fabrics) simply can't be washed at home. A great option to refresh your non-washable fall wardrobe items is to use a garment steamer! Steaming provides the safest and gentlest finish for laundry items, releasing wrinkles and fluffing fabrics for a natural, relaxed finish. The steam and high heat will also help eliminate any mustiness from storage. Not sure how to steam? Follow our steps for steaming below:
- Fill your garment steamer tank with distilled water and turn on.
- Hang up your garment on a clothing rack (or shower curtain rod!) to make steaming the garment easier.
- Once ready, take the steamer and pass it over your entire garment, working slowly in sections.
- Holding the fabric taut, steam each section for about 1-2 minutes to allow the garment fibers to relax.
- Let fully dry before putting your garment away.
Don’t have a steamer handy? Use an iron set to the “steam” setting, hovering over the item without making direct contact. Pressing an iron on wool, cashmere, velvet, and corduroy fabrics can crush and damage their sensitive fibers, so avoid applying the iron directly on top of these fabrics.
Fabric brushing is another great way of reviving fall fabrics like knits, woolens, and outerwear. Brushing helps bring out the natural oils in your knits, and that’s what helps keep them soft and supple! Brush sweaters, blankets, cold weather accessories, outerwear, and more with a fine garment brush designed for knitwear.