How to Care for Clothing with Rhinestones

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Rhinestone clothing can be very fashionable and fun to wear. It's easy for rhinestones to slip off of your clothing and cause your garment to lose some of its style and flair. By caring for your rhinestone bedecked clothing in a gentle manner, and following a few simple steps, you can keep your rhinestone outfits looking great to wear.

Things You'll Need

  • Gentle washing detergent
  • Sink or washtub with lukewarm water
  • Hanger or clothes pin to hang dry your garment

Prepare Your Clothes for Washing

  • Turn your garment inside out. If there are any buttons, make sure that they have been buttoned or zipped up.

  • Run a sink full of lukewarm water with some light washing detergent. Try detergent that is used for washing baby clothes. Detergent that is gentle and doesn't have any bleach will work best on your piece of clothing. You can wash the item in your bathroom sink, kitchen sink, or an old washtub.

  • Hand-wash your garment lightly. Do not let it stay in the water for a long period of time.

  • Hang dry your garment on a clothes line. Do not place it in direct sunlight because your clothing will fade and the sunlight will decrease the adhesive that your rhinestone is attached to. You can put the item in the dryer on a light spin cycle or permanent press. Do not leave it in for a long period of time. Your rhinestones could overheat and fall off or melt. Take the item out of the dryer while it is still halfway damp and let it hang dry.

  • Keep your rhinestone garment in a place in your closet where it won't rub against other articles of clothing. You may place a plastic cover over your clothing to keep it safe from dust and to protect the rhinestones. Don't fold the item and put it in a packed drawer of clothes, where the rhinestones could easily be rubbed off or break. Keep the item separate from the rest of your clothes in order to keep it looking nice.

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