How To Wash Flannel
Flannel fabric is a warm, soft material that can be used for a variety of items. It requires some simple cleaning steps to ensure that the fabric stays soft and touchable the way it is intended. Here are some correct cleaning methods, whether you are washing flannel shirts, sheets, blankets, or other things.
You will need:
Mild detergent (e.g. Woolite)
Fabric softener/white vinegar/dryer sheet
Steps to wash flannel:
Fill the washing machine with warm water. Do not wash the flannel in hot water.
Add an appropriate amount of mild detergent. Ordinary detergents can be used, but it may cause the flannel to fade over time. Avoid using harsh detergents or detergents containing bleach additives or substitutes.
Depending on the type of clothing, use permanent ironing or a gentle cycle to wash the flannel. It is best to keep the water temperature consistent and wash warm and rinse off.
Add fabric softener during rinsing. You can use a cup of white vinegar as a natural fabric softener. This is important to reduce the fluff on the flannel. If you are not using fabric softener in your washing machine, a drying sheet can be added to the drying cycle.
Flannel can be hung to dry or machine-dried. If the machine is dry, once the workpiece is dry, take it out immediately. Don't over dry, otherwise it will weaken the fabric. Drying under low heat or without heating helps to keep the fabric in good condition for a longer period of time and prevents shrinkage and shedding.
Other tips and suggestions
Check the label before washing any flannel clothing. If it is wool flannel, it needs special cleaning, usually by professional cleaning staff.
Flannel is known for shrinking, and in some cases, such as when used in bed sheets, it is usually made slightly larger than needed to allow for shrinkage to occur. When buying a flannel shirt, keep this in mind, and consider buying a bigger one.
Flannel sheds easily and should be washed with a similar color. If peeling is a problem, try adding half a cup of vinegar during the washing process.
If the flannel loses its softness, this may be the result of the accumulation of softener. Try to wash clothes without adding fabric softener to the water, without using a dryer. In addition, one more rinse can remove any residue that may cause the fabric to become stiff.
Although flannel is known for its softness, the quality of flannel varies. Choose your clothes carefully. Although they are still flannel, they are low-end and not as soft as high-end clothes.
Flannel will produce lint in the dryer, please make sure to empty the lint trap after each load.
Even the best flannel will wear out over time, become thinner and lose its softness. Enjoy it and take care of it while it lasts, but be prepared to replace the older pieces.
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