Here’s what this piece of fabric in the clothes you buy is actually for.
What is the piece of fabric used for in new purchased clothes?
Many things around us have different functions than we initially think. Thus, the piece of fabric accompanying the new clothes you buy, which is in the same material as the garment, is often located inside the garment or in a pocket.
Many people do not know what the often square piece of fabric is used for, or think that it should be used in a completely different way. It’s a common misconception that the piece of fabric is there so you can fix holes in the garment without having to use another type of fabric. Obviously you can use the piece of cloth for this too if you need to, but that’s not the real function.
The reason you get this piece of cloth is completely different. Indeed, you should be able to check how the garment will be washed in the washing machine. Before washing the whole garment, you can wash the piece of fabric and see if the fabric shrinks, so you will know how to wash the whole garment. You may also notice if it will fade and lose color, and then you may want to choose to wash the garment without the other fabrics you are afraid will bleed.
It is therefore a very simple test to carry out and which will save you some inconvenience. Immerse it in a container with water and soap, let it act for 20 minutes. Once this time has elapsed, it should be rubbed and drained. After this step, the color that the water acquires allows you to check whether this type of washing is suitable for it. In any case, if you are still in doubt, it is best to let it dry and compare the piece of fabric with the original garment.
A few tricks to prevent clothes from shrinking
Check the labels
Some clothes require special care, so it’s important that you read the labels before washing them. You might be wondering why clothes shrink in the dryer, especially cotton clothes. However, polyester and rayon garments can also shrink. Pay attention to the fibers of the clothes.
Dry your clothes outside
Clothes shrinkage can also occur due to the high temperature of the washing machine. When drying clothes in the open air, the fibers receive less pressure. It is advisable to dry clothes horizontally, on a flat surface; because by hanging them, they can stretch. Place your wet clothes on a towel to remove excess water.