How to keep dark clothes from fading

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07 Jun 2013

Faded garments tend to look old and worn out no matter how good the quality of the clothing may be.

Before loading your washing machine take a few seconds to carefully read the care label.

If not washed properly, dark items will start to lose their colour within the first few washes, however, there’s no reason why we shouldn’t expect dark clothing to last as long as coloured articles do.

Here are a few tips to help you keep your dark clothing in great condition.

1. Read the care label

Before loading your washing machine take a few seconds to carefully read the care label.

Some clothing items are delicate and may need to be washed by hand or in cold water, so keep an eye out for these special directions.

Also, check the label for drying instructions which may indicate that your garment may need to be drip dried instead of tumble dried.

2. Wash dark colours separately

The only way to prevent your red socks from bleeding into your white garments and your dark clothes from fading is to sort through your laundry before putting it in the wash.

The only way to prevent your red socks from bleeding into your white garments and your dark clothes from fading is to sort through your laundry before putting it in the wash.

So separate your darks from your whites and coloured brights and take care to wash similar colours together.

3. Turn your clothes inside out

By turning your clothing inside out you can avoid some of the damage that takes place during a wash cycle.

The washing and drying process is rough on your garments' fibres so turning your clothing inside out will reduce the wear and tear that takes place. Use this inside out method for air drying too as the sun’s rays, although helpful for drying, can be damaging. 

4. Wash dark colours in cold water

Washing dark colours in the coolest water temperature that the washing machine allows will not only prevent shrinkage but will also help the clothes retain their colour for longer.

5. Use a mild detergent on a gentle cycle

Unless your clothes are really dirty, use a mild detergent or a detergent specifically made for dark garments on a gentle cycle.

This will reduce the amount of damage done to the fibres and keep your clothes from looking faded for much longer.

6. Don’t overdo the drying

Leaving your clothes in the drier for lengthy periods of time will only cause discolouration and so will hanging them in direct sunlight. So, take as much care to dry them correctly as you did during the washing process.

Lay them out flat or hang them out to dry.

Remember to pre-treat any stains and to only wash dark clothing when necessary as excessive washing will cause fading. – Katlego Sekano 

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