If the pants are made of a washable fabric such as cotton, polyester, or a blend of these materials, then they can be washed in the washing machine using a gentle cycle and cold water to avoid shrinking or fading. It is best to turn them inside out before washing to protect any delicate detailing, and avoid using bleach or fabric softener. Hang them to dry or lay them flat to avoid any stretching or shrinking.
However, if the pants are made of delicate fabrics such as wool, silk, or linen, they may need to be dry cleaned or hand-washed to avoid damage or shrinking. Always check the care label on your pants for specific washing instructions.
Dos and don’ts of washing dress pants
Step-by-step guide to washing dress pants
Sort your laundry. Separate your dress pants from heavy items such as jeans or towels, and sort them by color to prevent color bleeding.
Read the care label on your dress pants. Check the fabric type, washing instructions, and any special care requirements.
Prepare the washing machine. Set the washing machine to a gentle cycle and use cold water. Add a mild detergent that is suitable for the fabric type.
Wash the dress pants. Turn your pants inside out to protect any delicate detailing. Put them in the washing machine and start the wash cycle. Avoid using bleach or fabric softener.
Dry the dress pants. Hang the dress pants to dry or lay them flat. Avoid using the dryer, as high heat can cause shrinkage and damage to the fabric. Iron or steam your dress pants to remove any wrinkles or creases.
FAQs washing dress pants
Can I wash wool dress pants in the washing machine?
No, it is generally not recommended to wash wool dress pants in the washing machine as they can shrink or get damaged. Wool dress pants should be either dry-cleaned or hand-washed according to the care label instructions.
Can I use bleach to wash my dress pants?
No, it is not recommended to use bleach when washing dress pants as it can cause discoloration and damage to the fabric. Instead, use a mild detergent that is suitable for the fabric type.
Can I put my dress pants in the dryer?
It is generally not recommended to put dress pants in the dryer as high heat can cause shrinkage and damage to the fabric. It is best to hang the dress pants to dry or lay them flat to avoid stretching or shrinking. If necessary, you can iron or steam your dress pants to remove any wrinkles or creases.
Can you wash suit pants?
The term ‘suit pants’ is interchangeable with ‘dress pants’ so, yes, you can wash suit pants, but it’s important to take some precautions to avoid damaging them or altering their shape.