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Old 08-31-2012, 08:59 PM
 
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I wonder if it may cause a problem ironing some clothes with colors and patterns? For example, make the color faded, and the patterns blurred? Thanks!
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Old 08-31-2012, 10:31 PM
 
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Not if you use the correct setting for the iron. All clothes sold here have labels telling you how to care for them, including iron temperature.

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Old 09-01-2012, 12:11 AM
 
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Some patterns may run or look dingy if you wash them too hot, or leave them in the washer a long time after the cycle has stopped.

I've ironed shirts before that looked a little lighter when they were being ironed, I guess from the heat, but turn back to the right color when they cool down.
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Old 09-01-2012, 04:00 AM
 
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Maybe you should take care,,,heh
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Old 09-03-2012, 09:22 PM
 
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washing incorrectly is more apt to distort a pattern but ironing on the right temp won't. your iron has setting for permanent press which is what most clothes are today, or cotton like 100% sheets or linen or some "natural fibers".Now if you try to wash and iron something which should be dry cleaned you might run into problems but I usually hand wash "dry clean only" clothes when a clothes manufacturer told me they put that on there to protect themselves from consumer complaints.
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Old 09-03-2012, 10:17 PM
 
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You know what, Tim? You need this book....

Home Comforts: The Art and Science of Keeping House - Cheryl Mendelson - Google Books

She has a book just for laundry.

Laundry: The Home Comforts Book of Caring for Clothes And Linens - Cheryl Mendelson - Google Books

I have the original book -- it's a great reference book for keeping a home.
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Old 09-04-2012, 06:27 PM
 
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Unless you're ironing paint, it shouldn't hurt the fabric at all....just look at the labels and use the right setting for each type of material!
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Old 09-05-2012, 05:35 AM
 
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Yes it actually can ruin it. Steam can make dry clean only dyes run. Heat destroys/fades all dye with time. Improperly mixed dyes can also run in steam if the acidic mix was not right. If you use too hot of a temp you can also ruin the stitching by melting or shrinking it.
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Old 09-05-2012, 09:58 AM
 
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I've been buying better clothing as I've gotten older, and taking better care of it as well. I read a few years ago in Consumer Reports that one of the best tings you can do is wash your clothes inside out - it conserves the color and there's less wear and tear since zippers, buttons, etc aren't hitting your other clothing.

I do iron some pieces but I'd suggest investing in decent steamer. Also hanging your clothing up when it comes out of the dryer so it doen'st require as much ironing

I replaced my old washer dryer with front loaders and that seems to have made a difference as well..
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Old 09-05-2012, 11:37 AM
 
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What does front loaders mean?
What are they opposed to?
Why do they make difference?
Thanks!

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I've been buying better clothing as I've gotten older, and taking better care of it as well. I read a few years ago in Consumer Reports that one of the best tings you can do is wash your clothes inside out - it conserves the color and there's less wear and tear since zippers, buttons, etc aren't hitting your other clothing.

I do iron some pieces but I'd suggest investing in decent steamer. Also hanging your clothing up when it comes out of the dryer so it doen'st require as much ironing

I replaced my old washer dryer with front loaders and that seems to have made a difference as well..
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