How to Store and Protect Your Shorts for Maximum Durability

If you’re going to invest in shorts—and yes, we used the word “invest”—then you’re going to want to take care of them. After all, taking care of your shorts will only help you, ensuring that you can wear the same shorts you bought this year when the hot temperatures roll around next year as well. Taking care of your shorts won’t only help them to maintain their original finish and look but will help make sure that you spend as little money as possible in providing yourself with a wardrobe.

There’s just one question. What can you do?

Let’s explore some of the best options for storing and protecting shorts for maximum attractiveness and durability:

Treat Different Fabrics Differently

Because shorts are made from a range of fabrics and patterns, you’ll want to pay attention to the tags on the shorts that tell you in no uncertain terms exactly how you should wash them. Sometimes, it’s easy to wash them without worrying about issues like color runoff. Other times, you’ll have to be very careful about how you treat your shorts. The point is, there’s no way of knowing what to do until you read the directions, and take action accordingly. For instance, linen shorts tend to call for dry cleaning, while other shorts can simply be thrown in a washing machine. For cotton shorts, cool washing water is better, as the hot water can cause the cotton to shrink and warp.

Store Shorts in a Dry Place

Dryness is essential for keeping smells away, of course. Many people simply store dry shorts in a dresser and call it a day. You can, if you feel like it, go the extra mile by hanging shorts dry. This won’t only save on energy bills but will help your shorts maintain their rugged durability. If you don’t want your shorts to wrinkle, you can try hanging them on pinch hangers that grab on to the waistline of your shorts, leaving the rest to hang freely. Generally, however, you can store shorts simply by folding them and keeping them in a dresser.

Don’t Over-Dry

Is there such a thing as over-drying when it comes to clothes? When you’re talking about dryers and mechanical drying, yes. Over-drying can “fry” your shorts, especially if you’re dealing polyester shorts. Try to keep an eye on your dryer’s cycle when you have your shorts in them so that you’re aware of just when they’re done. Of course, going the other route and under-drying them can also lead to problems like wrinkles and too much moisture when keeping them stored. Look to strike a balance.

Treat Stains Right Away

If you want your shorts to maintain their color as best as possible, you should react to stains right away and treat them on sight, giving them as little time as possible to “set in” to the fabric of your shorts. Of course, sometimes, you’re not in a situation where you can zip to the bathroom to take care of your shorts…but if you can, try to save them as best you can.

Vintage 1946 has a vast variety of shorts that will last several summer seasons with proper care. From flat fronts to reversible shorts or even linen shorts, Vintage will have the style you’re looking for. Shop today for the perfect pair of shorts to add to your collection this summer.