The best option to care for embroidered corporate apparel is to hand wash and allow the garments to air dry. However, if you must put the items in the washing machine, you need to first turn them inside out. This is going to help and protect the embroidered part from any abrasion, which could cause damage. If possible, try not to wash your embroidered clothing with anything that has metal hardware, such as buttons or zippers, this can cause even more damage to the embroidered image.
Avoiding Damage and Shrinkage
Another issue that may occur is shrinkage. Regardless of the type of material you choose for your corporate apparel, you may find if you aren’t careful, the garment shrinks while being washed. To avoid this, use the gentlest wash cycle possible and then allow it to air dry. It is best to follow the specific directions included on the material’s label.
Prevent Color Bleeding
If you are concerned about the thread color of the embroidery bleeding onto the fabric (or the other way around) then you need to wash the garment in a gentle cycle and use cold water. If there is any bleeding while you are washing the fabric, then you should rinse it in cool water until the color has been removed. There are some experts who claim that a rayon thread will be much less colorfast than a polyester one. Also, deep red shades are much more likely to have issues with bleeding. Make sure to keep this in mind when selecting colors for your corporate apparel.
Keeping your garments in good condition will help ensure they last for a long time. However, if you aren’t careful, you may experience a number of issues like the ones highlighted here. Corporate workwear can be a smart investment, but you have to ensure it is cared for properly.