Learning how to wash dark and black clothes will help them stay vibrant while protecting lighter clothes from color transfer. If you want to keep your wardrobe looking fresh, it’s important to know how to prevent the fading of black and dark-colored clothes. The simple steps in this guide can go a long way towards preserving your clothes so they look their best.
1: How to help prevent fading by reading clothing labels
Every item of clothing has unique needs. Before you toss those black jeans or that purple shirt into the washing machine, take a look at the label and read the fabric care instructions. Fabrics fade due to breakage and small tears that occur in the fiber of clothing—these tears expose the fiber ends, leading to a faded appearance.
This is a normal process, but caring for your clothes properly can help keep these fibers intact for a longer period. Before tossing items in the washing machine, take time to learn whether they need a normal or delicate cycle. Delicate cycles are shorter and gentler, making them a good option for washing dark or black clothes as well as softer, thinner fabrics.
2: How to wash black or dark clothes to reduce lint transfer
Most people know that separating laundry helps keep dyes from leeching onto white and light clothing. But separating clothing also helps prevent lint from settling on dark fabrics and giving your clothes a faded, aged look. Before you start doing laundry, separate your clothes by color (whites, lights, brights, darks and blacks), and then again by fabric type. Learn more about how to sort and separate laundry.
This may seem like an extra step, but it isn’t an unnecessary one. If heavy duty fabrics like denim rub against more delicate fabrics in the wash cycle, it can exacerbate wear and tear on the more delicate item, leading to a faded look.
3: How to keep clothes from fading by following proper washing guidelines
While you can’t control how your clothes move inside your washer, you can take steps to take extra care of items you love.
- Turn all clothes inside out and secure fasteners to help prevent zippers, buttons, hooks and other fasteners from rubbing against clothes and damaging fibers. (If fading does occur, it will be on the underside of the garment.)
- Keep a close eye on the size of your load—overstuffing the washing machine not only makes it work harder, but also causes clothes to rub against each other more frequently.
- Your choice of detergent can also make a difference. Using more detergent than you need can leave residues on clothing, visually fade colors, and attract more dirt. Swash™ Laundry Detergent from Whirlpool Corporation1 keeps colors fresh while it cleans and cares for your clothes, and it’s safe for all washing machines, including HE. Its Precision Pour Cap dispenses the detergent for you, so you only pour what you need.
- Choose a cold water wash whenever possible, as hot water can stress clothing fibers.
- Consider using a fabric softener, as this liquid will coat clothing fibers and help reduce friction.
4: How to prevent fading while drying clothes
When it comes to preserving your clothes, heat and friction are two of your biggest worries. When using a dryer, opt for a delicate cycle with low heat, or select the “air dry” option. Ideally, you should take your clothes out of the dryer while they are still slightly damp and hang them up to finish drying. This will help keep fading at bay and your clothing from getting too stressed. To prevent exposure to sunlight, opt for an indoor drying rack instead of an outdoor clothesline.
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- Swash and the recommending brands are owned and distributed by Whirlpool Corporation.