Garment Care

5 Ways You’re Unintentionally Ruining Your Clothes

1. You use hangers that are too small.

Have you ever noticed those dents on the shoulders of your shirts after hanging them in your closet for too long? Those dents are due to wire and plastic hangers that are too narrow and leave your garments unsupported in the closet. If the hanger is too narrow, the weight of the garment is distributed over the end of the hanger, which causes indentations in your clothing. This damage to the fabric can be irreversible, resulting in permanent shoulder dimples!

Wire Hanger vs Wood Hanger

Another problem associated with wire hangers involves discoloration from the metal. That is the reason why, when you get your clothes from the dry cleaners, there’s usually a paper sleeve over the hanger – some cleaners even use coated hangers. Sure, wire hangers come in handy for many things, such as unclogging a drain or roasting marshmallows, but once you get your clothes home from the cleaners, we suggest transferring your shirts onto well-crafted, wooden hangers that are properly sized for your garments. For properly-sized hangers shop here.

2. You fold your pants instead of hanging them.

Clamp Trouser HangerLuxury Wooden Felted Trouser Bar HangerTrouser Clip Hanger
When pressed for space in your closet, some men resort to folding their pants and storing them stacked on top of each other on a shelf. This causes unnecessary, undesirable wrinkling when you finally pull them out of the stack and want to wear them. Hanging your pants helps avoid unwanted lines and creases.  Dress slacks should definitely be hung using either a hanger with a clamp or clips that hang the slacks from the cuff; or, you can hang them over a felted bar hanger. Casual pants, like jeans and khakis, can be hung or folded, depending upon what works best for you. However, if you constantly fold your jeans, this leaves fold marks, and believe it or not, breaks down the fiber of your denim. We highly suggest you use a clip hanger to hang your jeans at the cuff so that they hang vertically in your closet. The weight of the jeans actually pulls the wrinkles out of the fabric as they hang, thereby providing a soft press and ensuring they look fresh next time you wear them. For trouser and pants hangers shop here.

3. You don’t protect your garment in the closet

Do you leave your clothes in dry cleaners’ plastic bags? Well, if you do, you are suffocating your clothes by not allowing the fabric to breathe.Benefits of a garment bag Leaving your clothes in plastic bags might trap humidity or make it hard to lose residual odor from the chemicals. In addition, storing clothes in these bags allows stains to oxidize, which will then make the clothes harder to clean in the future. However, you still need to protect your valuable garments from dust and moths. Proper storage of your clothing is essential to its long-term maintenance—that’s why we created our popular collection of luxury garment bags and shoulder dust covers.

Perfect for storage and travel, our breathable luxury garment bags offer the highest level of protection against moths, insects, and dust. The shoulder dust cover protects garments from accumulating dust on the shoulder while in the closet. It is constructed from the same high-quality cotton twill fabric as our luxury garment bags and allows your garments to breathe while looking good in the closet. For garment bags and dust covers shop here.

4. You over-wash your clothesWashing Clothes

The lifetime of any garment can be measured by how many times it has been washed. Most Americans over-wash and over-dry clean their wardrobe because they believe it isn’t good hygiene if they don’t wash after each use. However, this can be costly in a number of other ways. Unnecessary washing involves not only actual and immediate costs—in terms of detergent, water and electricity—but also costs in terms of reducing the lifespan of the garments that are being washed. A washed garment simply never looks the same as one that has never been washed. Garments suffer quite a beating in the washer—they’re soaked, vigorously shaken, spun and then tumbled in crazy hot temperatures. Sure, the result is a clean garment, but also a faded one—possibly even a shrunken one.

The simple truth is that a garment should only be washed or dry cleaned when it absolutely needs to be. A garment brush can be used to remove dry stains that would otherwise have required washing and can be used to remove dirt and buildup that occur naturally. Depending on perspiration levels, most shirts can air dry without any odor. Dress shirts can easily be worn and ironed multiple times before a washing is truly required. And jeans can (and many suggest should) go months if not years without washing. According to Chip Bergh, the CEO of Levi’s, a good pair of denim jeans really needs a machine washing only infrequently. If you’re concerned about germs, you can freeze your jeans to kill off bacteria and freshen them up. For the best laundry care shop here.

5. You use an adhesive lint rollerlint-roller-for-clothes

Adhesive lint rollers are incredible – yes, they can effectively remove lint very quickly, but in the process, a synthetic adhesive residue transferred to the garment fabric, actually attracts more lint over time! Second, the petrochemical products used to create the adhesive can degrade and discolor natural fabrics. Here at The Hanger Project, we strongly recommend not using them. Instead, invest in a high-quality, natural-bristle garment brush. The natural bristles actually work into the fibers of the fabric to do a better job at brushing out dirt and embedded lint. Buy a garment brush that features bristles in different stiffness. You can use stiffer bristles for dry stains and the softer bristles for more regular brushing. For garment brushes shop here.