How to Care for Your Bandage Dress
Posted on April 29 2015
Your bandage dress gives you the toosh you have always dreamed of and the shapely figure you have come to count on. It is more than a dress but also a solid investment into your go-to wardrobe, confidence, and style.
Anytime we make a solid investment into our wardrobe there is always the challenge of keeping our new stylish pieces in the best shape. Deciding to dry clean or hand wash is always a test of your fashionista endurance. We often get many questions about the best way to care for our bandage dresses.
At The Kewl Shop, we live and breathe bandage dresses and are committed to making high quality dresses that rival designer brands in every way. Our bandage dresses are not only versatile in style but in the way you care for them as well.
Take a peek at the handful of ways you can maintain your bandage dress affordably and even at home.
Storing Your Bandage Dress
Keep your dress in like-new condition and avoid hanging your dress by its straps or slipping half of the dress through the rung of a hanger. Never crumble it up and use the minimal amount of folds possible when storing it in your dresser drawer or on closet shelf.
Folding or crumpling up your dress may cause creases and hanging it from hangers may cause your bandage dress to stretch out of shape over time.
Never store your dress in plastic or vinyl for extended periods of time 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 lightly in half.
Avoid shoving or pushing your dress into its final storage place but rather simply 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 Clean vs. Not Dry Clean
Many of our competitors require that dresses like ours be dry cleaned. However, we prefer to make it optional.
Dry cleaning is simply 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 clean your dress and often includes ironing, steaming, or pressing when done by a professional cleaner.
Each of our bandage dresses are made with approximately 90 percent rayon and a blend of nylon and spandex. Rayon is super absorbent and is liable to either shrink and stretch when wet. 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 cool water.
- Choose a mild detergent or household hand soap.
- Use your bathtub so that your dress can be laid flat in the water while it is being washed.
- Do not bunch or agitate your dress while it is in the tub. Rather simply 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 dress when it is slightly damp. Alternatively, use a damp cloth between the iron and the dress as needed if dress becomes to dry.
Wear Your Bandage Dress for Years
The most important thing to remember about your bandage dress is that is will lasts 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 effective spot cleaning rather than the more vigorous washing techniques mentioned above here's what we recommend:
- Wet the soiled area with cold water.
- Place a small amount of hand soap or mild detergent on a clean damp cotton or microfiber cloth.
- Rub the soiled areas 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. Rayon is a fabulous fabric for tucking you in and smoothing you out (which is why we chose it) and is easy to care for.
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 from a hanger.
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