I wear my sweaters nearly every day. I have a variety of colors to coordinate with an assortment of sleeveless and short sleeved tops. My work environment is what I would describe as professional casual attire. We have a dress code and it is rather specific, but coat and tie is not the norm for everyday. A nice sweater fits the bill quite nicely with the added benefit that it keeps me warm.
It is very easy to mess up a sweater in the wash. I know because I've done it. More than once. Nothing is more frustrating than to accidently mess up a piece of clothing you spent money on. Or to have it fade and pill after just a few washings. Through trial and error I finally figured out what works for me.
I use the short wash setting on my machine, set it for normal soil and a medium high extraction, as sweaters soak up a lot of water, warm water with a cold rinse. I use a minimal amount of soap and fabric softener and let it run through the cycle. I have a hand wash cycle on my machine, but the sweaters come out really soggy. I found the short wash cycle is gentle enough.
After the washer shuts off I pull them out immediately before they have a chance to wrinkle and put them on my drying rack. This rack was our clothes dryer for over a year in our RV. It works great. I plan to take it with me to the future retirement house.
|The red sweater is 20 years old! Still looks new.|
They dry overnight and then are ready to hang. Sometimes the cuffs are still a little damp so I will usually leave them hanging in the laundry room an extra day to make certain they are thoroughly dry.
So far all of the sweaters I've purchased in the last year have remained brightly colored and pill free. They haven't shrunk or stretched either. I'm sure some you have other ways of washing sweaters, but I just thought I'd share with you how I do it.