Expert shares tricks to ensuring knitwear stays the same colour and size after washing

Knitwear can have very specific cleaning requirements, and sometimes, taking precautions is not enough.

That’s why an expert has revealed how often to wash knitwear so it maintains its colour, and shared what to do when knitwear shrinks.

TV cleaning expert, Lynsey, AKA Queen of Clean, told SilkFred: “First things first, it’s important to know that it is best to wash your knitted clothing items every two to three wears.”

“You can get away with washing your knitwear less frequently than say your t-shirts and shirts, as usually you often wear a base layer underneath your knitwear which should absorb any oil or moisture.”

“However, washing them every three to four wears may be risky as the garments may have picked up numerous germs and bacterias, particularly if you’ve been wearing them outside of the house.”

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While it might seem like common sense, many people overlook the importance of following care label instructions, Lynsey added.

Always take the time to check the care label, as you might be surprised by what is designated as hand washable versus machine washable.

If your item is machine washable, it’s advisable to use a laundry detergent specifically designed for knitwear. Additionally, opt for the delicate or knitwear setting on your washing machine to ensure gentle cleaning.

To further protect your knitwear, consider accumulating your items and washing them together.

Be cautious not to mix them with other items which could potentially cause damage, such as those with zips or bra clasps. This simple practice can go a long way in preserving the quality of your knitwear.

Lynsey also shared her handy hack that might help revive your items if they shrunk in the washing machine or tumble dryer.

She advised to soak the knitwear in cold water with a bit of fabric conditioner mixed in, allowing it to soak overnight. The next morning, wring it out gently and try to stretch it back into its original shape.

When dealing with colours, it’s essential to take a few precautions. Always wash your items inside out, and consider using a colour catcher, which can be easily found on Amazon or in supermarkets.

Contrary to a common misconception, fabric conditioners can actually help preserve bright colours, making them last longer, but it’s crucial to use the right amount, as excessive use may lead to fading.

Colour fading or bleeding often occurs due to washing items at excessively high temperatures, which strip the colour. To prevent dark-coloured knitwear from fading, try adding some sea salt to your wash.

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