Keeping your favorite pieces of clothing looking and feeling like new can be a challenge. No matter how carefully you launder them, natural fibers like wool, cashmere, and other non-synthetic materials are prone to shrinking, itching, yellowing, and in the case of boucle fabric (also called buffalo check), pilling. This raw cotton fabric is made up of tightly woven strands that produce a raised grid pattern when finished.
The subtle depth of the checks makes it perfect for dressing up almost any outfit from casual jeans to formal trousers. Here’s how to clean boucle fabric so that it lasts longer and stays looking fresh every time you wear it.
Know the best ways to clean boucle fabric
The biggest mistake that people make when cleaning their favorite clothing is using the wrong cleaning methods. There are some fabrics that can be washed on a gentle cycle, others that need to be dry-cleaned, and a few that must be dry-cleaned only.
It’s important to know the best ways to clean boucle fabric so that you get the most out of your clothing investment over time. If you have a boucle garment that is particularly pilled or has other spots on it, you’ll want to hand wash it before you try to machine wash it. This will prevent the fabric from trapping other items in the wash and causing damage to the garment. If the garment is particularly soiled or stained, you may need to pretreat it with a stain remover before washing. Be sure to follow the fabric care label instructions to avoid damaging the garment.
Use the right detergent
A lot of people think that the more detergent they use when washing their clothes, the cleaner their garments will be. This is not the way to go. Using too much can result in your clothes being stiff, scratchy, and having a pungent smell.
If you want to clean your boucle garments, use the recommended amount of the best boucle detergent from the manufacturer. You can clean a boucle garment in the washer or by hand in the sink. To clean an item in the washer, add the recommended amount of detergent and run the load on a gentle cycle. Add the garment and set the machine to the warm or cold water setting. To clean a garment by hand, fill a sink with warm water, add a small amount of detergent, and let the garment soak for 10-15 minutes.
Use stain remover
Although boucle fabric is stain-resistant, there’s always a small chance of something getting through. Before you toss that stain-prone garment in the washing machine, treat the stain with a pre-soak stain remover, like Tide Stain Release, or a specialty stain remover designed for boucle fabrics, like Spray ‘n Wash Buffalo Check Stain Remover. If you’re cleaning a garment by hand, add a small amount of stain remover to the warm water before soaking the garment to help break down the stain. You may need to wash the garment again after soaking it, depending on how much the stain has been broken down.
Dry cleaning is your friend
For truly clean garments that retain their shape and structure, dry cleaning is the best way to keep your boucle-fabric clothing looking like new. Although hand washing garments is a great way to clean some garments, others can’t withstand the agitation of the water and will stretch and distort, especially when they’re still new. If you have a boucle garment that needs to stay in pristine shape, dry cleaning is the way to go. Prevent your boucle garment from being crushed by wrapping it in tissue paper before dropping it off at the dry cleaner. Make sure to check the garment carefully when it comes back to make sure there are no snags or pulls in the fabric, or other damage that could happen in the cleaning process.
When it comes to cleaning clothing, you should always follow the care instructions on the garment’s label. But if you want to clean your boucle garments, use the recommended amount of the best boucle detergent from the manufacturer. And as far as garment care goes, cleaning your garment is the primary thing you can do to prolong its life.
There are also things you can avoid that can shorten the lifespan of your clothing. And one of those is over-drying your clothing. When commercial dryers are used, it can cause the fabric to shrink and leave it brittle. If you have a boucle garment that needs to be dried, let it air dry outside.