Can Clothes be Unshrunk?
When you accidentally shrink a favorite piece of clothing in the laundry, it can be a difficult and upsetting experience. Thankfully, there are some methods which can reverse the effect of shrinking and help you get your clothes back to their original size. Here are some tips to help you unshrink your clothes:
1. Use Hot Water and Hair Conditioner
One of the simplest methods of unshrinking clothes is to soak them in hot water and hair conditioner. All you need to do is fill a bowl, sink or bucket with warm water, mix in some conditioner, place the garment in the water and let it soak for around 30 minutes. The conditioning agents help to soften the fibers of the clothing, which helps them to open up and expand again.
2. Stretch Clothes While Wet
Once the clothing has been soaked for around 30 minutes, take it out and stretch it into the desired shape and size. Try to gently stretch it in all four directions and keep it stretched until it has completely dried.
3. Use a Steamer
Another method for unshrinking clothes is to use a steamer. Simply put the garment on a hanging rack and hover a steamer over it for several minutes in order to let the heat get to all areas of the clothing. This helps to relax the fibers and allows them to stretch out again.
4. Professional Service
If you don’t want to try any of the methods yourself, you can always take your clothes to a professional tailor or dry cleaner who will be able to take care of it for you.
Using one or a combination of the methods above, you may be able to get your clothes back to their original size. Of course, some fabrics are very delicate, so you may need to be careful not to damage them with aggressive stretching or heat.
Good luck with unshrinking your clothes!