vendredi 23 novembre 2012

La fin du pressing ?


Comment lavez-vous vos affaires ? Laure et moi, comme nous le défendons dans notre livre, croyons fermement que le pressing est à réserver uniquement à ces vêtements qui risquent de décéder dans votre machine à laver (sublime blazer ou trench, très beau pantalon de laine). Pour tout le reste, et même le soi-disant linge fragile (lingerie fine, foulard de soie, pull cachemire), c'est machine. Un cycle doux, un minimum de lessive et d'adoucissant (adoucissant qu'une amie remplace par du vinaigre d'alcool, pour des résultats semble-t-il épatants), et le tour est joué. Apparemment, même le Vogue USA est d'accord avec nous  : dans leur numéro d'octobre, la publication a consacré deux pages à ces consommatrices qui n'hésitent plus à laver  leurs vestes en tweed Chanel à la maison et à la machine. Pour ma part, ce sont plutôt jeans et t-shirts qui ont les honneurs de mon cycle 30°... mais à chacune sa garde-robe essentielle.

In our book, Laure and I advocate you keep dry cleaning for those rare items (a beautiful blazer or trench coat, a tailored wool pant) that would otherwise die if machine washed. With a gentle cycle, detergent and softener kept to a minimum, most clothes do very well in the washing machine (a friend of mine has replaced softener with white vinegar, apparently to amazing results). Cashmere can actually get ruined by dry cleaning and gets actually better when washed in water. Even US Vogue says so: in their October issue, they had two pages about women who machine wash very expensive items such as Chanel jackets. Now my laundry is more about jeans and tees, but to each his own essential wardrobe, right?

J.A.C.

6 commentaires:

  1. I never buy anything that needs dry cleaning and sometimes even the ones that are labelled as such put it in the machine anyway, if I am familiar with the fabric and know it will be fine in the machine. My stuff is pretty basic too but I've washed silk blouses, a trench coat, and in the machine - i think it's okay if you have a good machine.

    The only thing I wouldn't put in is wool, like you said. Too unpredictable even on the "wool" mode!

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    1. Love your testimony, Lin! A trenchcoat, really? It feels very... brave! Did your trenchcoat have leather bits, because mine has leather on the belt and sleeves, so I'd worry about that getting ruined in the washing process.

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    2. Nope it doesn't...I suppose if there's leather on it I wouldn't wash it in the machine either. This is why I don't buy clothes with leather on them, even though I like the look of elbow patches.

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    3. Actually, I have a cashmere sweater with elbow patches and it washes superbly in the machine machine... With my trench coat, which is lined and everything, I'd be worried about the weather bits and also the post wash ironing... So dry cleaning for that one piece, still.

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  2. I've washed my MH mac in the machine. No problem. Same for wool and cashmere. Yes, there are the occasional mishaps. I have washed a wool sweater with leather elbow patches. Comes out beautifully. I would not wash a trench with leather though, just in case the leather might bleed a bit.

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    1. I did the same with my MH mac- the only thing they say at the store is to wash it without any softener as it may ruin the waterproof finish. But I had some mishaps too ;-)

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