Clothes fading is one of the biggest annoyances that every clothing owner has to deal with at some point. It can be very stressful to think about how much you spent on your favorite shirt, only to have it fade into a completely different color after just two or three wash cycles! Luckily, there are several things you can do to prevent your clothes from fading, along with simple strategies to restore them if they already have faded away. Check out this guide on clothes fading to learn more!
What are clothes fading?
When clothes fade, it means that their color has changed. In some cases, clothing fades because of your washing machine or certain household chemicals. Other times, it’s because of damage by external agents such as sun exposure, air pollution or strong light. No matter what causes your clothes to fade, most will fade over time if they aren’t taken care of properly. The good news is that there are many things you can do both prevent fading and fix faded clothing once it has already begun. This guide will help you understand why clothes are fading and how you can stop them from happening again in the future!
Don’t use the dryer frequently
The place where clothes go to fade. Unless you take a few easy steps, your clothes are going to fade when they’re inside your dryer. Why? Because they rub against each other while they’re rotating around—it’s inevitable. And even though you might be ready for something called fading, chances are, you didn’t plan on it happening before your favorite jeans were even worn in. Before we get into how to prevent fading. Let’s talk about how it works so we can understand what kind of damage is being done every time we use our dryer—and why that matters.
When it comes to keeping your clothes looking their best. A laundry detergent that is specialized for colors is probably a better choice than one meant for both colorfastness and whites. A detergent that’s formulated for both may not be as great at cleaning your clothes or fighting against fading. Additionally, when choosing a detergent. Don’t forget about products like fabric softeners and dryer sheets. Many of which actually do more harm than good. Soaps have also been known to fade colors so opt for liquid over bar soap. And while you may think that chlorine bleach can fix all your fading problems, it often does more harm than good because bleach can damage fibers if you aren’t careful with how much you use.
Turn clothes inside out
You can prevent clothes from fading as much as possible by turning them inside out before washing them. This protects areas that are subject to direct contact with water, such as collars and cuffs. If you prefer not to turn clothes inside out when washing, there are products like fade-resistant detergents which help. Because color fading is a natural process for fabrics, no amount of special treatments will completely stop your clothes from losing their color over time (or even in between washes). Still, these treatments help minimize fading so your jeans or black t-shirt last longer than they would without it.
Wash in cold water
The temperature of your wash will make a big difference in how fast your clothes fade. If you’re washing dark clothes, make sure to run them through cold water. When you use hot water (and dry them in hot dryers), you’ll end up with faded jeans and shirts that are one step away from unwearable. Hot water washes will also accelerate other processes like shrinkage that can be frustrating for anyone who doesn’t want their favorite shirt to get skinnier over time.
If you have a favorite shirt that’s begun to fade. Save it by applying a dab of hand lotion or olive oil with a soft cotton cloth. Work into hairline cracks in the garment, making sure not to saturate or drip onto other clothing. Let dry overnight and launder as usual in cold water. This works on all kinds of fabrics including cotton, wool, linen, and rayon. If your item is completely faded and nothing else seems to be working, try adding vinegar instead of oil; laundry detergent tends to dull colors over time—soaking clothes in vinegar should reverse that effect just long enough for them to look as good as new (or better!). Vinegar also helps if you’re trying wash out sweat stains at home.