Sweaters are a wardrobe staple that are both functional and fashionable. It seems as though cooler weather is always around the corner, and a warm sweater provides both comfort and style. However, delicate fabrics such as wool and cashmere are notorious for stretching and fraying if they are not properly cared for after purchase. When you have wet sweaters but don’t want to put them in the dryer because you don’t want them to get ruined, you can squeeze out the excess water, lay the sweater out to dry, and even use household tools to expedite the drying process.
Part 1 Squeezing Out the Excess
1. Place the sweater on a clean, dry towel to keep it from getting dirty. Check to see that both the towel and the sweater are colorfast before using them! Simply drape the sweater over the towel, making sure that both the towel and the sweater are flat.
2. Rolling up the sweater is a good idea. Continue to roll it up in the same manner that you would when you are rolling up a yoga mat or a sushi roll, bit by bit, squeezing out as much water as you can.
3. For a few minutes, wrap the sweater in the towel to keep it from slipping. Don’t squeeze too hard — the towel doesn’t have to be completely airtight over the sweater to be effective. Even at this point, the fabric can still tear or stretch, so keep the sweater wrapped in the towel for a few minutes to prevent this from happening.
Part 2 Laying Out the Sweater
1. Roll up the towel and set it aside. With one hand, anchor the bottom of your towel with your fingers while using your other hand to push the top of your towel away from you.
2. Rearrange the sweater on a fresh, clean towel. Make sure the towel is square by arranging the corners in a square pattern. Place the arms at their full length, straighten the collar and cuffs, and avoid any bumps or folds that could result in the sweater being creased or shaped strangely after it has finished drying.
3. Make any necessary adjustments to your sweater. Has your sweater shrunk as a result of a recent wash? It’s your chance to reshape or block it so that it returns to normal. Simply pull the sweater back into shape with your fingers, or restretch it with your fingers.
Part 3 Speeding Up the Drying
1. Lay your sweater out on a drying rack to dry completely. Drying racks are lightweight and portable, making them ideal for travel. Lay your sweater on top of a mesh drying rack, arranging it in a neat manner so that it dries evenly throughout.
Keep the sweater flipped at least once a week to avoid it developing a musty smell.
2. Place the sweater in an area where there is a pleasant breeze. Placing the sweater near an open window, a porch, or patio will expedite the drying process, and you will also be able to capture some of the scent of fresh air. Direct sunlight, on the other hand, should be avoided because it can discolour your item.
3. Using household appliances can help to expedite the process. Electric fans and dehumidifiers, in particular when the climate is particularly moist, will help to accelerate the drying process. In fact, you can use your hair dryer to dry specific areas of your hair at the last minute.
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