Learning how to wash dark and black clothes will help them stay vibrant while protecting lighter clothes from colour transfer. If you want to keep your wardrobe looking fresh, it’s important to know how to prevent the fading of black and dark-coloured clothes. The simple steps in this guide can go a long way towards preserving your clothes so they look their best.
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1: Read the clothing label
2: Sort and separate
3: Wash within the rules
4: Dry carefully
Every item of clothing has unique needs. Before you toss those black jeans or that purple shirt into the washing machine, take a look at the label and read the fabric care instructions. Fabrics fade due to breakage and small tears that occur in the fibre of clothing—these tears expose the fibre ends, leading to a faded appearance.
This is a normal process, but caring for your clothes properly can help keep these fibres intact for a longer period. Before tossing items in the washing machine, take time to learn whether they need a normal or delicate cycle. Delicate cycles are shorter and gentler, making them a good option for washing dark or black clothes as well as softer, thinner fabrics.
Most people know that separating laundry helps keep dyes from leeching onto white and light clothing. But separating clothing also helps prevent lint from settling on dark fabrics and giving your clothes a faded, aged look. Before you start doing laundry, separate your clothes by colour (whites, lights, brights, darks and blacks), and then again by fabric type. Learn more about how to sort and separate laundry.
This may seem like an extra step, but it isn’t an unnecessary one. If heavy duty fabrics like denim rub against more delicate fabrics in the wash cycle, it can exacerbate wear and tear on the more delicate item, leading to a faded look.
While you can’t control how your clothes move inside your washer, you can take steps to take extra care of items you love.
When it comes to preserving your clothes, heat and friction are two of your biggest worries. When using a dryer, opt for a delicate cycle with low heat, or select the “air dry” option. Ideally, you should take your clothes out of the dryer while they are still slightly damp and hang them up to finish drying. This will help keep fading at bay and your clothing from getting too stressed. To prevent exposure to sunlight, opt for an indoor drying rack instead of an outdoor clothesline.