Clothes hangers are an essential in almost every closet. But are you using the best type of hanger for your clothes?
Clothes are expensive and we want them to last as long and look as good as possible. Just using the right type of hanger for different fabrics can make a difference.
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Wire hangers are the least expensive type of clothes hanger and are most often used by dry cleaners and professional laundries for just that reason. They are also the least desirable hanger for your clothing. Wire hangers are flimsy and can collapse under the weight of garments. Their sharp shape will leave marks on the shoulders of clothing that can be difficult to remove.
Inexpensive wire hangers should be used for the shortest time possible. Recycle hangers by offering them back to cleaners,... donating to charities that provide clothing to the needy or contacting your local recycling facility to see if they accept wire hangers. You can also use them for craft time!
There are higher quality metal hangers, some covered with rubber, that are sturdy and work well for a variety of fabrics and garments. Some inexpensive wire hangers do have a paper roll on the bar as padding for hanging slacks. These are a bit better but will eventually buckle and break. As soon as the paper roll begins to bend or fold, discard the hanger.
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Tubular plastic hangers are inexpensive and suitable for lightweight garments. You can find them with notched shoulders that are better for garments with thin or wide-set straps or with plastic clips on the lower bar that can hold lightweight skirts or slacks.
An additional benefit of plastic is that it will not rust causing discoloration on your clothes. These hangers are not designed for heavy, woolen garments and will cause shoulder bumps due to their straight design.
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Molded plastic hangers can be very lightweight, inexpensive hangers or they can be sturdy, well-shaped hangers for heavy suits and coats. If you can easily snap off any part of the hanger, it is just for lightweight, temporary use.
There are nicely made heavy plastic hangers with a wire hanging hook that will last for many years. These have wide, rounded shoulders to support a coat and will not cause hanger markers on clothing. Some styles offer bars for hanging slacks or clips to hang skirts.
Ligh...tweight molded plastic hangers are often provided by stores. These are better than wire but can still cause creases on shoulders. The best of these have added metal clips for hanging skirts and trousers.
04 of 07
Padded hangers are best for lingerie and lightweight garments made from silky fabrics. Most often covered in satin or another smooth fabric to prevent snags, some have buttons sewn on near the edges to prevent straps from slipping off. The design of the hangers is not suitable for heavy garments and will cause shoulder bumps. They are not designed to hold slacks or skirts.
Some padded hangers also act as sachets for the closet, frequently filled with lavender.
If you prefer a hanger with a slimmer... profile, there are now plastic hangers that are flocked with a "velvet" finish. The finish prevents silky fabrics from sliding off the hanger.Continue to 5 of 7 below.
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Wood hangers are ideal for suits, jackets and coats. They are sturdy and will hold their shape under the heaviest items. Wood hangers also offer better protection for clothing due to their design. The shape prevents clothes from being hung too closely together. By allowing air circulation and less abrasion between garments, your clothing will last longer. Wood hangers are often made of cherry, walnut or ash.
Wooden hangers come in several styles with and without bars for slacks and clips to hold... skirts.
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Cedar hangers are ideal if you love the aroma. Cedar helps repel moths and their larvae that can damage every type of fabric - not just wool. Choose a sturdy, solid wood cedar hanger that will support the weight of heavy coats.
Unlike other wood hangers, cedar hangers are not varnished which allows the natural wood to absorb moisture helping to prevent mildew and mold and to deodorize your clothing. If cedar hangers start to lose their effectiveness over the years, simply rub lightly with fine... grit sandpaper. They will be refreshed and smell just like new.
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Whatever type of specialty hanger you need or want for your closets, there are a multitude available.