The Shrinkage Dilemma: How to Preserve That Perfect Fit

Welcome back, dear readers, to another exciting blog post from your favorite laundromat! Today, we’re going to delve into a topic that every clothing enthusiast dreads – shrinking clothes. We understand how frustrating it can be to find your favorite outfit a size too small after a laundry mishap. But worry not! We’ve got you covered with some practical tips to prevent clothes from shrinking and keep your wardrobe in tip-top shape. So, let’s dive right in and unravel the secrets to maintaining the perfect fit for your garments!

  1. Sort Your Laundry with Care:

The first step in preventing shrinking clothes is to sort your laundry wisely. Always separate your loads into whites, darks, and delicates. Each type of fabric requires a different washing approach to preserve their original size and shape. This simple act of sorting prevents color bleeding, which is one of the leading causes of shrinking. Check out our previous post for how to sort clothes!

  1. Use Cold Water for Washing:

When it comes to preventing shrinkage, cold water is your best friend. Washing your clothes in cold water minimizes the risk of the fibers contracting and losing their elasticity. Additionally, it helps conserve energy and prevents fading of colors, making it a win-win situation for both your clothes and the environment.

  1. Choose the Right Detergent:

Opt for a high-quality, mild detergent to safeguard your clothes during the washing process. Harsh chemicals can weaken the fabric, making it more susceptible to shrinking. Always measure the detergent carefully and avoid overloading the washing machine to ensure an even distribution of soap.

  1. Gentle Cycle for Delicates:

Delicate fabrics such as silk, cashmere, and lace require special attention. Use the gentle cycle on your washing machine to minimize agitation and reduce the likelihood of shrinking. Better yet, consider hand washing for the most delicate items to maintain their beauty and fit for years to come.

  1. Say No to High Heat Drying:

The biggest culprit behind shrinking clothes is high heat drying. Air drying or using the low heat setting on your dryer is the way to go. High temperatures can cause the fibers to contract, leading to that dreaded “shrunken” effect. When in doubt, hang your clothes on a line or lay them flat to dry naturally.

  1. Reshape and Lay Flat:

For knitwear and wool garments, it’s essential to reshape them while they’re still damp. Gently stretch and reshape the clothing to its original size and lay it flat to dry. This practice ensures your clothes retain their intended fit without any shrinking mishaps.


Congratulations! You are now armed with valuable knowledge on preventing clothes from shrinking. By sorting your laundry, using cold water, gentle cycles, and avoiding high heat drying, you’ll extend the life of your favorite garments and keep them looking fabulous.

At Tampa Laundry Company, we care about your clothes just as much as you do. So, remember to “Think Clean Thoughts” and implement these tips in your laundry routine. Our state-of-the-art machines and friendly staff are here to assist you whenever you need professional laundering services. Together, let’s cherish your clothes and make them last for many fashionable seasons to come!

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