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5 Items You Should Never Launder in a Washing Machine

Some things are better left in the hands of professional cleaners

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Photography: @melotones and @jwaibelplexusrn via Instagram (Main Photo)

Most clothing items come with simple washing instructions, but apart from a few that check the labels before running a new load, let's face it—most of us skip reading the rules. This harmless habit causes torn designer pieces, scratched suede and holes to sew which are no fun at all. To make things easier for you, we've put together a list of things you shouldn't even think about putting through the machine. Check out this handy guide: 

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1. Pleated pants and skirts

If it has intricate tucks and creases, make it a golden rule to bring it straight to the dry cleaners. They have the proper equipment to preserve the pleating without causing loose threads and uneven folds. 

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2. Embellished tops and dresses

Clothing accessories such as sequins, beads, and metal studs are usually hand-stitched or glued on to garments. Putting them through a tough wash cycle can instantly ruin your clothes due to the constant spinning and wringing. 

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3. Suits

If you're working with barely noticeable stains, spot cleaning is acceptable—however, if you need major cleaning, it's best to take a trip to the dry cleaners. Washing suits on your own can cause the dress pants and jacket to lose its shape, especially if it is made out of wool. 

4. Leather 

Some say it's safe to be washed at home, but we think it's best to leave it to the pros—after all, leather jackets don't come cheap. Paying extra to lessen the chances of cracks, wrinkles, and shrinkage of the fabric will surely be worth it. 

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5. Dark-colored silk

While light-colored fabrics can endure a run through the machine, the darker pieces have a tendency to bleed and stain other clothes. Avoid having to deal with a whole bunch of ruined clothes by taking it to the cleaners. 

PHOTOS and SOURCES: @melotones and @jwaibelplexusrn via Instagram (Main Photo) | Apartment Therapy 

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