At last, the warm summer weather has transitioned to a more crisp and seasonable chill. It’s time to break out the sweaters, but wait–– those nice sweaters you carefully folded last season still wound up wrinkled!
End of the world? Definitely not! Bring your sweaters to us if you’re uncertain of the best method of care. Below are a few home remedies for de-wrinkling sweaters.
NOTE: Before removing wrinkles, check your sweater’s fabric care tag in order to prevent damage.
Unwrinkling via Shower
- Turn a shower on with the water at a hot setting. Shower steam is an easy way to iron out some garments, but it won’t work on every sweater. Shower steam usually works best on sweaters that are slightly to moderately wrinkled.
- Hang the sweater near the running water, and close the bathroom door to allow the room to fill with steam.
- Check the sweater after 10 minutes. If the sweater is mostly smooth, run your hand over the garment to finish the process. Leave the sweater in the steamy room if the sweater is still wrinkled and check again after an additional 10 minutes.
Unwrinkling via Steamer
- Plug in and power on a steaming device such as a hand-held fabric steamer or a steamer with an arm attachment filled with clean, filtered water.
- Hang the sweater where you can easily reach it to steam.
- Press the steamer head onto the bottom of the fabric and slowly move the steamer up to the top of the sweater. As the steam rises, the inside and outside of the sweater will begin to smooth out.
- Remove the steaming device from the sweater and carefully even out the sweater with your hand.
Unwrinkling Via Iron
- Turn the sweater inside out and lay on a clean, flat surface.
- Place a damp, white cloth atop the sweater. The cloth acts as a protective barrier between the delicate fabric of the sweater and the heat of the iron. If you’re sweater is acrylic, use only a dry cloth.
- Turn the iron to the proper setting for your fabric. Use steam or medium heat for wool and cashmere, and use the cool setting for acrylic.
- Press the iron gently onto the fabric. Lift and lower the iron; don’t slide it back and forth on the fabric.
- For a sweater that is dryer-safe, mist it with water and then toss it into the dryer on a low setting to remove wrinkles.
- To prevent wrinkles from the start, untangle your clothes as you remove them from the washer, and don’t over-stuff your dryer.
- When packing away your sweaters at the end of the season, fold them gently with tissue paper inside the fabric and between the folds to prevent wrinkling.