How to Wash Clothing With Sequins or Beads

Decorative touches such as beading or sequins on clothing can make laundering the garments tricky. Even simple clothing for everyday wear may have embellishments applied to washable fabric, making extra washday attention a necessity. Professional cleaning by a dry cleaner who knows how to keep beading safe helps prolong the life of special garments. But for everyday favorites, various laundry techniques can help clean your clothing without damaging the delicates.

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Prepare the garment for the hand-washing. Secure any loose buttons, beads or sequins with a few hand stitches. Button all buttons to help maintain the garment's shape during the cleaning process. Although hand-washing is preferred, check the manufacturer's care label to see if the garment is machine safe. If the label says to spot clean only, a simple dab of club soda to an area removes oily spots and freshens the garment.

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Turn the garment inside-out if you are hand-washing or machine washing the garment. This action allows the machine to clean the fabric while preserving the quality of the sequins or beads. It also reduces the wear and tear on the decorative touches of a garment, helping it last longer. Place the prepared garment into a mesh laundry bag for the machine.

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Wash the garment gently by hand with warm water, or in a gentle machine cycle with cool or cold water. Mild detergent cleans light soil without fading color. Use a short, two- or three-minute cycle on the washing machine. A full cycle can be too harsh on delicate clothing.

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Remove the garment from the sink or washing machine depending on which method you used.

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Lay the clean garment out to dry on a flat surface, or hang on a proper hanger if that method is recommended. Never use a dryer to dry a sequined or beaded garment: Heat and tumbling can destroy delicate embellishments.