You probably don’t need scientific studies to reinforce your hunch that clothes influence the way others view you. But in case you’re skeptical, research shows that your appearance — including the cleanliness of your clothes — affects perception of your financial success, authority, trustworthiness and intelligence. More importantly though, clean clothes affect the way you feel about yourself, giving you an added boost of confidence and even higher rates of productivity.
But we all know that keeping our wardrobe free of lint and pet hair can be a challenge, especially if you’re fond of your four-legged friends. It’s simply not realistic to stay in a sterile environment until it’s time to leave the house, and nobody wants to banish their pets to another room. That’s why you’ve got to have a solid anti-lint routine in your back pocket, preferably one featuring a high-performance lint remover. Below, we’ll cover the best ways to remove lint from clothes so you always present your best.
Get the Right Lint Remover
Investing in an efficient lint brush is the first thing you need to do to ensure efficient removal of lint from all types of fabrics. The right tool will eliminate dryer lint, pet fur, surface lint and even some pilling to make every fabric look brand new. The Uproot Cleaner Pro is the ultimate lint remover tool to quickly rid pants, jackets, shirts and more of lint and debris. This type of remover is more efficient and economical than sticky paper rollers and more effective than those old-fashioned velvet lint brushes.
Tips for Removing Lint from Clothes
Once you’re armed with the right tools, you’ve got to learn how to use them. Here are a few of our best tips for eliminating and preventing lint from clothes.
- Work in Small Portions — If you’re using an Uproot Clean tool, we always recommend covering small sections and working left to right. If you have a lot of lint to remove, place the garment on a flat work surface, such as a table or a clean, hard-surface floor. Holding the tool at a 45-degree angle (or a 90-degree angle for softer fabrics), apply gentle pressure and glide the tool across the garment in small sections. This will help ensure that you eliminate dirt and debris from every square inch of fabric.
- De-Lint Your Environment — Removing lint from your clothing isn’t enough to ensure that it stays nice and tidy throughout the day. That’s because you’re likely to come into contact with lint and fur after that first clean. You’ll also want to use a lint and pet hair remover on your furniture, bedding, car upholstery and coats daily. This ensures that you won’t attract more lint after you clean your clothes. If you have pets, vacuuming your environment weekly is important to helping keep pet fur and lint off your clothes.
- Keep a Lint Remover in Every Room — The reality is that you’re less likely to clean up your clothes if you have to dig through the junk drawer or run upstairs to find your tool. To avoid this problem, keep a lint brush in convenient places like your closet, your car, your desk at work and the kitchen or foyer. Buy lint tools in a multipack and place them strategically around your home.
- Wash Clothes the Right Way — Your washing machine is a helpful lint management tool. When used properly, it can help you lessen the amount of lint brushing you need to do on dry clothes. Be sure to wash your clothes inside out on a cool or low cycle. This will help keep clothes that shed from dirtying up other clothes in the wash while also keeping them in their best shape. Be sure to wash clothing with items of similar fabrics and colors for the best results.
- Use the Dryer to Your Advantage — Overhauling your laundry routine will help your clothes come out of the wash looking fresh and clean. Make sure to routinely clean out your dryer lint trap and exhaust hose, as these are two of your home’s biggest lint magnets. Plus, according to the U.S. Fire Administration, lint buildup is a significant contributor to home fires. Using dryer sheets or reusable dryer balls can also help you manage lint during the drying cycle.
Lint management is a normal part of daily life, and one that you must embrace if you want to look your best. Luckily, with a combination of the right tools and some helpful preventative measures, your clothes will remain clean and lint-free so you look and feel your best no matter what’s on the agenda.