gSince the inception of the iconic Herve Leger body sculpting bandage dress in 1985, we have seen an explosion of brands try to capture the strong feminine silhouette through the Body-Con dress over the years. It’s no wonder as this sensual silhouette embodies an empowered sense of femininity, sensuality & strength.
One has to be quite careful on how to care for these garments as the form fitting fibers of spandex and nylon need tender loving fabricare. Spandex allows for the garment to expand and contract, contouring the body of the wearer snugly. Many ladies try their best not to stain their bandage dresses in order to wear them two or three more time prior to cleaning.
Here’s the low-down on how these dryclean only dresses should be treated:
Why, oh why, must this happen? If you love garments with a bit of stretch, you are probably no stranger to this phenomenon. Unfortunately, at the end of the day, it’s wear and tear that we spandex lovers are experiencing.
What has happened to this dress is that it’s nylon & spandex fibers have stretched and relaxed. In relaxing from their inherent elasticity they’ve become brittle and snapped. Not unlike an elastic rubber band that has reached its breaking point due to deterioration as well.
(Spandex, however, is much more durable than rubber so it has a longer wear life than rubber made fibers.) The wear life of a spandex garment can also be shortened due to repeated wearing and contact with one’s perspiration, body oils, etc. The mechanical action of cleaning, whether through dry cleaning or wet cleaning, can also cause some loss of elasticity and stretching. When this happens all at once, one can see how the fibers of the garment snap and cause little fibers to protrude from the weave of the fabric.
So how can one prolong the life of their beloved spandex garments? With garments whose care label instructs to “Professionally Dry Clean,” please send these to the dry cleaner and point out the stains that you know of for pretreatment. At Rey’s Cleaners, we will hand clean the spandex garment and allow it to air dry, laying down upon a breathable surface. This will help minimize agitation of the spandex and nylon fabric.
If you are caring for a garment with spandex or nylon yourself, make sure to clean the garment gently by hand with lukewarm water and with a very mild detergent. Do not put the garment inside your washing machine and do not wring the garment out. Also, do not place in an area where the sun or any harsh lighting will aggravate the fiber content of the garment.
Oh the efforts we undergo to care for our treasured items! Please let us know if you have any questions at all regarding care of any item that has spandex & nylon, could be your body-con dress, maybe your favorite pair of stretch jeans or maybe any blouse or top that fits you just so. We want to help you keep it looking & feeling its best!
The Rey's Team
The Rey's Team is dedicated to garment care,learning about new cleaning methods and all about new textiles used in fashion today. We hope to share some insights into the ever changing world of garment care with you.