It’s a very common thing for faded clothing to fade after a while. Some fade fast while for others, it take quite some time. With this knowledge and being in the business of coloured clothing, here are some information on some of the best practices to help maintain your coloured clothing.

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  1. Turn inside out before washing

Turning your coloured clothing inside out before reduces the exposure of the outer side to water and soap. the more a coloured fabric is exposed to water and Soap, the more the colour reduces.

  1. Use soap instead of detergents

Detergents in Nigeria mostly contain bleach and bleach is a “champion” at removing colour from clothing. If you must use a detergent, make sure it free of additives and bleach

  1. Wash for a shorter period of Time

If you are making use of a washing machine, set your wash timer to the shortest cycle as this reduces the exposure of your coloured apparel to soap and water which in turn reduces colour loss.

  1. Wash with cold water

Cold water does not cause as much fading and bleeding in wash. Do not wash coloured clothes in Hot or warm water.

  1. Add Vinegar to the Rinse water

Vinegar reduces the residue of detergent on coloured clothing which can lead to colour fade. Just a cup of Vinegar in rinse water can do the trick.

  1. Avoid excessive exposure to Sunlight.

Sunlight is an enemy of coloured clothing as it bleaches the colour out. In Nigeria, Most people dry clothes under the sun. The way to dry coloured clothing is in a shaded space.

  1. Don’t wash all the time.

As funny as this sounds, it can go a long way in maintaining the colour of your clothing. To avoid washing everytime, have as many subtitute clothing as you can afford and rotate your clothes. Wearing a particular coloured clothing for a long time increases the number of times it will be washed(exposure to Water and soap) and exposure to sunlight.

  1. Avoid wearing your coloured clothes while applying makeup or doing your hair.

Chemicals from the makeup or hair products can cause serious damage on coloured clothing. To avoid this, wear your make up first before putting on your coloured clothing.

  1. Add Salt to washing water. Prevent the dye from bleeding overly

Salt is capable of doing a lot of things including reducing the wash off of dye in coloured clothes. Add a reasonable amount of salt to the washing water to reduce bleeding.

  1. Add baking soda to washing water.

Just like salt, Baking soda reduces colour loss in clothing. Add a few spoons of baking soda to your rinse water to reduce bleeding of dye from clothing.

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