CARING FOR YOU AFRICAN PRINTS

Now you have that pretty African print/Ankara dress what next?!

Ankara, also called Dutch wax or African Wax Print are typically colorful fabrics. In order for it to retain its vibrancy it is important to only launder when absolutely necessary. There are occasions whereby you just need to treat only the spots or areas that need cleaning and let it air-dry
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WASHING
Hand Wash: The safest and best way to clean your African print fabrics is to hand wash them in cold or lukewarm water. Washing machines and dryers can be extremely rough on the Ankara fabric. It’s preferable to use mild soap when washing with hands, instead of detergent. Detergents easily fade fabrics as they are very harsh, especially on the Ankara fabric. To remove stains while hand washing, never use bleach or anything as harsh. Instead try using something gentler on fabrics like baking soda
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Machine Wash: When you have to use a washing machine, the most efficient method is to place them in a washing machine with mild detergent and to select a non-spin cycle that never exceeds 30⁰C
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Tossing: Whether using the hand or machine wash option, it is advisable to launder your Ankara wear with a tablespoon of salt. The chloride content of the salt will help seal the color in
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Dry Clean: If you are going to get your garments professionally cleaned then make sure the establishment has experience with African print fabrics.
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DRYING
Hang the garments to dry or lay them down. Wringing or twisting them to dry will only compromise the rich colors of the fabric and cause them to fade quickly.
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IRONING
Always iron the garment on the inside. Since most African print fabrics are made of cotton, the setting for cotton on your iron is appropriate. However, look out for attachments made of linen and other more delicate fabrics which may require a lower setting.

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