How To Care For Your Bandage Dress
Last updated on : January 06 2023
Anytime we make a substantial investment into our wardrobe there is the challenge of keeping our new stylish pieces in the best shape. Deciding to dry clean or hand wash is still a test of our fashionista endurance. We often get many questions about the best way to care for our bandage dresses.
Take a peek at the handful of ways you can maintain your bandage dress affordably and even at home.
How To Store Your Bandage Dress
To keep your dress in like-new condition avoid hanging it by its straps or slipping half of it through the rung of a hanger. Never crumple it up instead use the minimal amount of folds possible when storing it in your dresser drawer or on the closet shelf.
Folding or crumpling up your dress may cause creases and hanging it from hangers may cause it to stretch out of shape over time.
Never store your dress in plastic or vinyl for extended periods due to the natural breaking down of chemicals that can cause staining or unpleasant odors.
For long-sleeved bandage dress styles, wrap the sleeves under the bodice of the dress then lightly fold the dress in half. For strapped bandage dress styles, tuck straps into the dress and then fold gently in half.
Avoid shoving or pushing your dress into its final storage place but instead lay it casually without fuss to ensure no stretching or creasing takes place. (If creasing or wrinkles do occur - here's a quick fix on how to steam your dress at home - but don't hang your dress as demonstrated lay it flat and smooth it with your hands.)
Dry Cleaning Or Professional Launder
Dry cleaning is the process of cleaning your dress with an organic or natural solution that does not use water. Laundering is the opposite as it uses water and mild soap to wash your clothing and often includes ironing, steaming, or pressing when done by a professional cleaner.
We only recommend dry cleaning or professional laundering a bandage dress sparingly as it can weaken the fabric and cause it to break down over time. Rayon can be susceptible to heavy washing in water and stretch if made wet too often.
As a result, if you need to clean your bandage dress, it is best to hand wash or spot-clean it using mild detergent and water, so we have included hand wash and spot-cleaning instructions below.
Hand Washing At Home
If you opt not to leave the washing and cleaning of your dress to professionals here is a short list on how to hand wash your bandage dress successfully:
- Use cold or fresh water.
- Choose a mild detergent.
- Use your bathtub so that your dress can be laid flat in the water when washing it.
- Do not bunch or agitate your dress while it is in the tub. Instead, submerge it under the soapy water a few times. Try (with all your might) to keep the dress flat.
- Do not wring out your dress or bunch it up to remove any excess water, instead push the water out with your hands.
- Avoid any aggressive agitation or excessive stretching of your dress.
- To dry, lay it out flat on a drying rack or if you do not have a drying rack, lay it out flat on a towel and turn it over every hour or so. Do not hang your dress when it is wet as this could cause it to stretch unnecessarily.
- Avoid tumble-drying or tumble dry on a cold and gentle tumble dry cycle until the dress is damp, however, do not tumble dry to completely dry.
- Iron inside out, on low heat to avoid iron marks.
- Iron slightly damp. Alternatively, use a wet cloth between the iron and the dress as needed if it becomes too dry.
Here's a useful infographic on hand washing your dress please share of course.
The most important thing to remember about your bandage dress is that it will last longer if you only submerge or wash it no more than 6 to 8 times a year.
So if you can get away with a quick and efficient spot cleaning rather than the more vigorous washing techniques mentioned above here's what we recommend:
- Wet the stained area with cold water.
- Place a small amount of mild detergent on clean damp cotton or microfiber cloth.
- Rub with your fingers and cloth to remove spots.
- Wet the area with cold water again to remove any excess detergent.
- Pat dry, and lay flat.
- Iron, when still damp (if necessary).
The key to caring for your bandage dress is to reduce its contact with water and to treat it gently when it is wet. Rayon is a fabulous fabric for tucking you in and smoothing you out (which is why we chose it) and is easy to care.
Maintain its appearance by using mild detergents, limit washings, and lay your bandage dress in a drawer or on a closet shelf rather than hanging it on a hanger.
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