Take care of your saree by dry-cleaning it!
One of the most elegant and eye-catching Indian dresses is undoubtedly the saree. Worn traditionally in different parts of India, sarees have evolved from being wardrobe staples to an outfit for festivities and parties. No matter how you choose to wear this timeless piece of fabric, remember that it deserves respect and care just like any other garment. Have a saree dry cleaned at least twice a year for best results.
Whether you have a silk saree or a saree made from other fabrics like cotton, wool, or synthetic material, proper care and dry cleaning by professional cleaners will help keep it looking new for years.
Because sarees are mostly made of natural materials like cotton and silk which react adversely to chemical-based cleaning processes, sarees should ideally be dry cleaned. However, if this is not possible then you can even take your saree to the laundry and ask them to use only gentle soap and cold water while washing it. Some saree weavers recommend using neem sticks (a type of wood) instead of soap because these sticks contain antiseptic properties that protect the fabric from harmful germs. Other than that, try leaving your saree on the grass for a few hours. The enzymes in the grass will act as a natural saree cleanser.
If you are ready to bear with an occasional saree mishap then do not take your sarees to the dry cleaners. Instead, get them laundered at home itself. Make sure that you follow these saree care guidelines while washing them:
- Rinse your sarees thoroughly after washing them because this is the single most important thing that you can do to make sure they last longer. Do not use too much soap either because sarees are made of delicate fabrics and using more detergent than needed can make it wear off easily.
- Let your sarees soak in warm water before you wash them so that the saree fibres absorb enough water, making it easier to extract dirt.
- Do not wring sarees after washing them because this can damage their fabric and cause saree shrinkage. For sarees that are made of raw silk, do not use hot water for washing or you will end up losing their natural sheen.
- Hang your saree in the shade to dry instead of using a clothes dryer. Not only is it good for saree preservation but also ensures there is no saree shrinkage.
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Never put a saree that has been recently worn directly in the cupboard. Instead, allow the saree to breathe in the 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 pillowcases 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.