Care for your wardrobes with ease with these useful cleaning tips
Given the number of belongings that your wardrobes hold, it is essential to regularly clean and maintain these closets in order to avoid stuff piling up — quite literally! Wardrobe cleaning at home is no rocket science, but there are a few things to keep in mind.
Wardrobe cleaning has to be done both internally and externally. While external cleaning can be done frequently and is less time-consuming, it is equally important to clean the wardrobe on the inside from time to time.
Steps Involved In Internal Wardrobe Cleaning
Before you think of cleaning the inside surface of the wardrobe, it is essential to remove and organise your belongings inside.
- Empty Your Wardrobe
You might have the most spacious wardrobe, but you are still going to find yourself running out of space. Regular wardrobe cleaning is an essential habit that you must get into to ensure that the wardrobe doesn’t become messy. The first step in cleaning the insides of the wardrobe is to empty all shelves and drawers and let the closet breathe. Emptying your wardrobe will not only help you clean it, but it will also give you full visibility of everything that lies within.
2. Purge Stuff That You No Longer Use Or Need
We know that it’s hard to admit it, but let’s face it — we hold on to plenty of items simply due to their sentimental value, or in the hope that they magically will become of use sometime in the future! While there are definitely things which you cannot and should not get rid of, there are many others that do nothing more than occupying a great amount of storage space. We urge you to religiously purge the contents of your wardrobes (better still, go sustainable by buying only what you really need!).
3. Organise Your Belongings
This might seem like the hardest part, but with the help of some great accessories, you can manage to organise your wardrobe like a pro. After the emptying and purging stage, you should ideally be left with belongings that are of real and practical use to you. The first step in organising the wardrobe is to segregate your belongings and categorise them as per a system. You can follow a system that seems practical and functional to you, which at the same time helps in keeping the closet looking and feeling clean and beautiful.
You can typically categorise clothes based on weather, colour or category. On the other hand, you can categorise accessories based on utility and regularity of use. There are as many ways of categorising — pick the one you like. We recommend you go for a manner that seems most logical to you.
Once you are done with the categorisation, you can focus on organising your belongings as efficiently as possible. The easiest way to organise your wardrobe is to fold clothes as per the categories and arrange them in neat stacks, or to use hangers for more visibility. If you are looking for even more efficient and permanent wardrobe cleaning solutions which make follow-ups easier, you can opt for organisers, trays and containers. These are simple accessories that will make your life (and your cupboard) extremely sorted.
A major portion of internal wardrobe cleaning involves getting through your belongings. The procedure to clean the surface of your wardrobe, both inside and out, is pretty similar. For the internal cleaning of the surface, we recommend you use a damp cloth for wiping the wardrobe clean and following it up with dry wiping. Let the cleaned surfaces dry out completely before putting back your belongings into the wardrobe to avoid trapping in moisture.
External Wardrobe Cleaning
Cleaning Of Wardrobe Surfaces
The topmost layer of the surfaces of wardrobes typically has a laminate layer on them. Here’s how to clean wardrobe laminate:
- Start with dusting the surface with a soft dry cloth. Dusting should do away with a great deal of dirt and finger marks on the surface
- Wipe the surface clean with a damp piece of cloth. Avoid using excessive water or harsh detergents and cleaning liquids. You can use a mild cleaning liquid to get rid of stains, if required
- Wipe the wardrobe laminate again with a dry cloth to help absorb excess moisture off the surface
How to clean wardrobe at home: Things to avoid
- Avoid using varnish, polish or wax
- Avoid using harsh chemicals as they may stain or damage the surface
- Avoid rough clothes or brushes as they might leave scratches on the surface
- Avoid wet wiping — use a soft damp cloth rather than rigorously cleaning with water
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