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Can you reverse shrinkage in clothing?

Millie Kwan - Thursday, September 19, 2013

Depending on the fabric, it is sometimes possible to unshrink garments.  For washable fabrics like cotton, you can try soaking the garment in white vinegar for an hour and then wash it in hot water. If that doesn't work, try stretching the wet garment by hand until it is the original size. Then hold it down with heavy objects and let it dry flat.

For dry clean only garments, we will use a process called "blocking" to restore the garment to its original shape. This is basically a process of repeatedly steaming and stretching the garment to relax the fibers.

Blocking is also applied when we clean your knit sweaters. All knits distort with both wearing and cleaning. We measure your garment before cleaning to make sure it is in the original shape after cleaning.

We would like to share this video that demonstrates how to unshrink a wool sweater.  If this is too much work for you, remember that Sarni Cleaners is here to help. Just call us at 800-SARNI-75 for free pickup and delivery.

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