How to Care for Different Types of Fabrics

We understand the struggle when it comes to caring for clothes. There are so many instructions and tips to follow. Fear not, we have collated the most trust-worthy and tested tips in this article. Read on for some expert guidance:

Georgettes, Crepes, Moss

Georgettes and crepes have beautiful drapes and look rich but they damage easily. It is always recommended to either hand wash such pieces or use the gently cycle of the washing machine for cleaning. Use cold water for washing these fabrics and avoid wringing, twisting or over-heating.

Iron on low-heat settings on the reverse side and place a press cloth to avoid getting sheen and preserve the grace of your garment.

Cottons, Linens, Viscose

Cotton and cotton-blends are the most sought-after fabrics especially in a tropical-setting like India. Cotton and blends are breathable, gentle on skin, comfortable and versatile. The biggest challenge with cotton and blended fabrics includes shrinkage and color-bleeding.

Even if your cotton garment is pre-shrunk, wash it in cold-water to avoid further shrinkage and color-bleeding. Do not ignore the “Cold Water Only” signs on wash care if you don’t want your dresses to shrink into crop tops. Avoid over-drying as it can lead to shrinkage as well. For deep-colored cottons, soak in salt water or over-the-counter color fixers. Iron at low-to-medium heat setting.

Linens are usually more difficult to handle and some linen garment come with a “Dry Clean only” instruction. Iron your linens from inside out at hot-setting.


Polyester – the wonder fiber is usually color-fast, easy to care and wrinkle-resistant. Most polyester fabrics can be machine washed on a regular cycle in warm water. Hang these garments to dry while they are still damp and iron on low heat. Quite a few polyester blends do not require ironing and thus make for travel-friendly options.


Silk, being one of the most-preferred fabric for formal and evening wear, is best maintained with ‘dry-clean’ only. Silk weaves tend to pucker or tighten if washed improperly. Silk should never be tumble-dried or washed in harsh chemicals. If your garment label suggests “hand-wash” option for mild baby shampoos or detergents to wash your silk pieces.

At Runwayin, we always mention the wash-care details in Product Description section. Most of our products are pre-shrunk and color-fixed. However, we still urge you to read the wash care instructions carefully to preserve the beauty of your #runwayinoutfits. 

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