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Wash Properly Your Vintage Australian Dresses

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Vintage dresses in Australia are back in fashion. No wonder, after all, there is hardly anything that is sexier or more feminine. The fashion world is slowly but surely becoming a more sustainable world in which one is aware of one’s social responsibility. So leave the throwaway fashion ubiquitous in the city centers by the wayside and opt for vintage!

When you hold your new old favorite piece in your hands, you ask yourself “How should I wash it?” This question arises particularly when it comes to delicate fabrics such as velvet and silk or when no care instructions can be found. Here are a few suggestions on how to best wash and care for your Zapaka’s Australian vintage dresses.

Before the first wash

Let’s be honest, even the greatest vintage dresses part is … old. So it is sensitive and may have one or two flaws. The laundry slip is probably also missing, so you don’t even know exactly what it is. When in doubt, you should handle it carefully.

Many vintage-like 1900s or 1920s dresses australia have not been treated with the same chemical processes that improve the appearance and performance of modern textiles. In the past, garments were often made of silk or brocade, dyes were not always washable and seams were sensitive.

So the first question is “Is it made of silk?” If you are not sure, the following test will help: Rub the fabric between your hands. Real silk is extremely soft and gets warm when rubbed. Then you pull the fabric through a ring: artificial silk bulges, real silk slides through. For patterned fabrics, look at the back. With real silk, the pattern is only visible on one side. The back only shows the outline. In the case of artificial silk, the pattern is only visible on one side and the back is unicoloured without a pattern.

Forget about fast fashion and learn to look after your vintage Dresses

What’s the best way to care for the retro dresses Australia that have been floating in a closet for years? With these three simple steps, old stays new for a long time:

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1. The right product: Most Australian vintage dresses are best washed by hand. To be on the safe side, you should first  apply some mild detergent to the inside of a seam and observe the reaction. If the fabric curls or the paint runs, it’s a case for cleaning.

Tip: Treat all stains with the right product before washing, such as Perwoll Wool & Fine Fiber Care Advanced , as otherwise the stain may stick to the industry.

2. Gentle hand washing: It is best not to place particularly sensitive women’s clothing in the vicinity of a washing machine at all. Instead, put a few drops of mild detergent  in the sink, fill it up with cold water, and slowly move the vintage dresses through the water. Rinse it at least twice before gently squeezing out the water. Warning: Never wring out the fabric.

3. Dry flat: lay the garment flat to dry, this is especially important for heavy clothes. Shape it carefully so that it doesn’t wrinkle.

Wash clothes made of less sensitive materials

And what if your great australian vintage dress isn’t made of silk or turns out to be quite robust? Cotton, linen, polyester, nylon and most other synthetic fibers are machine washable. Use a mild detergent  and hand wash it. However, if your undergarment also consists of crepe, knitted fabric or viscose, it has to be cleaned. Sensitive raw silk is also best placed there.

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