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A Postal Employee’s Guide To Sweater Care 

Winter means it’s time for postal employees to dig out their trusted, USPS-approved sweater from their wardrobe or buy new postal service winter uniforms with their allowance. Right when the weather starts getting chilly to when spring beckons, your sweater is your trusted companion at work, keeping you safe and cozy from the biting cold outside! 

It is essential to remember that sweaters can be extremely delicate. However, you can save your allowance and make your sweaters last for many winter months if you provide them with the right care. In this blog, we share a few sweater care pointers: 

Get rid of pills 

Pills on sweaters don’t only look unsightly, but they are plain annoying. More importantly, it isn’t a good look to carry to work. 

However, the sad truth is that all sweaters do show signs of pilling, because of friction. A way to avoid a pile up of pills would be to remove them with a razor. Remember not to pull them as it will exacerbate the problem. 


Remove excess lint at regular intervals
 
Run a lint brush or a baby toothbrush over your sweater to avoid lint build-up. If you have a pet at home, you will have to do it more regularly to get rid of pet hair and dander. But don’t brush it too roughly as this can damage the yarn. 

Follow washing instructions

When you buy new postal uniforms for sale, make sure that you turn them inside out and wash them separately the first few times. Always read care labels before you wash your sweaters. Also, pretreat stains by applying liquid detergent and leaving it on for some time to penetrate the fabric. 

Hand wash your sweaters 

To maintain your sweater’s fabric, we recommend that you hand wash it as machine washing may damage the yarn. Fill a bucket with room temperature water (cold water will lead to shrinkage) and add laundry detergent to it. Then, submerge your sweater in the water and leave it to soak for 30 minutes. Finally, squeeze it to wring out the excess water and let it dry flat on your drying rack. 

Wear your new postal uniform polo shirts underneath as they act as a barrier between the sweater and your skin. If you do this, you won’t have to wash your sweaters as frequently. 

Pack your sweaters right 

Never hang your work sweaters as it causes the fabric to stretch out. Fold them neatly and store them on shelves or in drawers. During the off-season, pack them up properly in breathable clothing storage bags. Ditch vacuum sealed ones as the locked-in moisture can lead to yellow stains or signs of wear and tear. 

We hope that these few tips will help you to boost the longevity of your work sweaters. Based out of Kansas City, we are a premier supplier of union-preferred, postal-certified line of clothing and accessories. To buy postal uniforms, outerwear and footwear, check out our online collection today. 
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