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Caring for Cardigans— First READ THE LABEL!
Like most things in life, washing a cardigan sweater is not hard, if you know how. Not knowing how to wash a cardigan sweater correctly may have adverse results that will leave your sweater looking and feeling 2 sizes smaller. To keep your cotton cardigan fitted accordingly to your size, read these instructions on washing it carefully.
Machine Washing Cardigans in Cold Water
Your cotton cardigan sweaters must be washed in cold water, otherwise it will shrink because of its cotton material. If you are washing other clothing along with your cardigan sweater, make sure your laundry is comprised of similar colors (light with light, dark with dark) and of cotton material. If you are washing cashmere sweaters, wash in gentle cycle so the sweaters are not ruined due to its delicate material.
Hand Washing Cardigans
Another option in washing your cotton cardigan sweaters is hand washing it in cold water for one minute with detergent. You can purchase laundry detergent that specializes in cleaning cotton fabrics at retail stores. After you thoroughly clean your cardigan sweaters, wring it until it’s damp and no longer soaking in water.
Air Drying Cardigans
Once you finish washing the sweater, you can air dry it overnight to prevent heat from a machine dryer shrinking the cardigan sweater. For faster results, use a fan to blow dry the sweater. Clothes pins are very useful to hang your sweater to dry. It’s best to dry your cardigan sweater in the basement or backyard because of its open space and air in both areas.
However, if you don’t have time for the hand washing, or the air drying, or watching your washing machine let us to the work for you and have it ready by the end of the day.