How to Maintain Sparkle or Glitter Garments

Often when the chore of laundry gets done, clothes get tossed in the machine together to be washed. But there are some items of clothing that require a special cleaning method such as hand washing or dry cleaning to maintain their sparkle and shine. No matter what type of clothing you own with glitter---pants, shirt, dress, costumes---all require special attention to retain their sparkle. While they look flashy, the glitter on these garments can fade over time and fall off. However, there are a few steps you can take to help maintain a glitter garment.

A garment with glitter requires special care.

Spray your garment with aerosol hairspray. This will help the glitter stay on the garment. However, if you wash the garment, you may need to repeat this step every time you wear the garment.

Wash the garment by hand, inside out.

Turn the garment inside out if you must wash it in the washing machine. It should be washed by itself.

Things You Will Need

  • Glitter or sparkle garment
  • Washing machine
  • Sink
  • Laundry soap
  • Aerosol hairspray


  • Some types of hairspray may leave a mark, so test the hairspray out before using it on the glittery garment.

About the Author

Christina Martinez has been writing professionally since 2007. She's been published in the California State University at Fullerton newspaper, "The Daily Titan." Her writing has also appeared in "Orange County's Best" magazine. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in communications and print journalism from California State University.

Photo Credits

  • pots of glitter image by Warren Millar from Fotolia.com