From the Inventor of the Sweatshirt, here are the do's and don'ts when it comes to properly caring for cotton and wool sweatshirts and hoodies. Become an expert at preserving and folding your favorite pieces with the following maintenance tips.
HOW MANY TIMES CAN YOU WEAR A SWEATSHIRT BEFORE WASHING?
A general rule of thumb is about five or six wears before it’s time to wash your sweatshirt. Thankfully, sweatshirts are fairly low-maintenance, which ensures their longevity. This is especially true if your sweatshirt is being used as a pullover.
HOW TO WASH & CARE FOR SWEATSHIRTS
If you bought a sweatshirt and later realized it’s too big, you’re in luck. You can easily shrink the fabric so it fits better.
Sweatshirts are already designed to be form-fitting. When shrinking cotton sweatshirts specifically, the material tends to shrink upward and closer to the body. To ensure maximum shrinkage, a hot dryer will do the trick. When making a sweatshirt smaller, use the following steps:
1. Wash the sweatshirt at the hottest temperature.
2. Dry the shirt on high heat in a dryer.
HOW TO SHRINK A SWEATSHIRT
If a hot dryer shrunk your sweatshirt down, this process can help. Making a cotton sweatshirt bigger requires a combination of moisture, heat, and stretching. When stretching a cotton sweatshirt, use the following steps:
1. Completely submerge a sweatshirt in lukewarm water, adding some conditioner into its fibers. The sink or a bucket will work as a container for the lukewarm water.
2. Let the garment sit in water for 30min or an hour.
3. Drain the container and refill it with cool water to rinse the conditioner. Submerge the sweatshirt under the water again and wring out as much liquid as you can from the fabric.
4. Lay the sweatshirt on some bath towels to dry it. Lay it down as flat as you can, stretching as you go to achieve the desired length.
5. Air dry the garment.