A saree can be a versatile outfit, perfect for almost any occasion. It can make you look graceful, traditional, trendy and alluring at the same time. Just like your saree can bring out the best in you, your saree needs you to bring out the best in it. We all put in time and effort to wear the saree flawlessly, so why hold back when it comes to storing it? Here are some essential saree care tips straight from your favourite dry-cleaner in Mumbai.
- Silk sarees
You should never hand-wash or machine wash a silk saree as these methods lead to shrinking and the saree losing its original sheen. To provide the right care for your precious sarees you should rely on professional dry-cleaning services like Spin N Press to take care of your garments for you. Another tip to remember is to avoid hanging your saree under direct sunlight which can lead to discoloration. Bundling up your saree haphazardly is another big no-no that results in embroidery getting entangled and the saree being ruined. Always follow the correct folding and storing procedure to keep your designer sarees in top shape.
- Cotton sarees
Before washing your cotton saree for the very first time it is advisable to soak it in a bucket of warm water mixed with rock salt for 10-15 minutes. This ensures that the colour successfully latches on to the saree and does not bleed onto other clothes. Be sure to use a mild detergent when washing your cotton sarees. Do not wring it vigorously when drying it, instead hang it over a basin and allow the water to slowly drain from the cloth. It is a good idea to starch cotton sarees after washing them to help retain crispness. However, be certain to keep the temperature on a low setting as a temperature that is too high can discolour and ruin the fabric. Do not be afraid to rely on a professional ironing or steam press service to get the job done correctly.
- Stain removal
To get rid of stubborn stains on your favourite saree apply a thick coat of white toothpaste on both sides of the saree. Hang it up to dry for 3-4 days and then wash off the toothpaste. If the stain is lighter but still visible then simply repeat the process. This method can be used to get rid of most food or oil stains, without affecting the colour or texture of the fabric and without having to consult your local dry-cleaners.
- Restoring the shine
To restore the lost shine of your favourite saree you can use dry-cleaning services, or soak your saree in a solution of distilled white vinegar and lukewarm water. Make sure to use 1 tablespoon of vinegar for every liter of water. After 3-5 minutes you can remove the saree and rinse it under cold water. Dry the saree by wrapping it in a large fluffy towel without wringing or twisting it. Gently press the towel to get rid of the excess water. Once done, hang up the saree to dry it completely. Once your saree is dry you will find that some of its sheen has now returned.
- Saree storage tips
Never put a saree that has been recently worn directly in the cupboard. Instead, allow the saree to breath in open air for 10 minutes, even better you could leave it in the sun and find it fresher than before. Your saree should be stored in a cold and dry place where direct sunlight cannot reach it. You can also use old pillow cases to store your sarees. Refrain from adding naphthalene balls to the cupboard as they have been known to fade saree colour over time. Follow these simple tips to give your favourite saree a longer lifespan.