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Tips On How To Clean Your African Fabric

Posted by Sherrita Walker on

Pick the Right Temperature & Detergent:


The safest and best way to clean your African print fabrics is to hand wash them in cold or lukewarm water. If you have to use a washing machine, wash in cold water on the gentle cycle and skip the spin cycle. 


Dry Your garments properly:

  • Hang the garments to dry or lay them down. Wringing or twisting them to dry will only compromise the rich colors of the fabric and cause them to fade quickly.
  • Tumble drying is a no no!
  • Always iron the garment on the inside.
  • Set the Iron on the Ideal Heat.

Since most African print fabrics are made of cotton, the setting for cotton on your iron is appropriate. However, look out for attachments made of linen and other more delicate fabrics which may require a lower setting.


Hand Washing vs Dry Cleaning:


Stains are unfortunately unavoidable. When removing stains while hand washing, never use bleach or anything as harsh. Instead try using something gentler on fabrics like baking soda. If you are going to get your garments professionally cleaned then make sure the establishment has experience with African print fabrics.


Which ever method you choose, hand washing or dry cleaning, we hope these tips will help keep your pieces vibrant!