The Top Ten Ways You Can Help Us Care For Your Clothes
- Have clothes cleaned frequently – this actually prolongs their life. Soil and stains left too long are sometimes impossible to remove. Also – dirt in clothing causes abrasion of the fabric which can wear out fibers. Those pesky little moths are attracted to food stains, which why moth holes appear in clothing.
- Discuss ANY stains with your drycleaner. Be sure to point out light-colored or “invisible” stains, such as from soft drinks or white wine. These stains contain sugar, which can caramelize and turn brown with the heat of drying unless it’s flushed out before dry cleaning.
- Bring your garments in for professional care as soon as possible after staining occurs.
- Avoid letting your garments come in contact with products containing alcohol – such as perfumes, hair spray, colognes and lotions. When these products dry they become invisible and will leave spots after being cleaned. Always apply these products before getting dressed and allow them to dry.
- Allow deodorants and antiperspirants to dry before you get dressed!
- Protect your clothes from excessive perspiration. The chloride salts in perspiration can seriously weaken delicate fabrics and can also cause dyes to changes colors. (Be very cautious about silks.)
- Protect your clothing from prolonged exposure to direct sunlight OR strong artificial light. Bright colors, especially blues and greens tend to oxidize and fade. Even leaving on the light in your closet a lot of the time can cause fading.
- Never iron stained or soiled clothing as heat SETS stains.
- Do not store your clothing in plastic bags. Fabrics (especially natural ones like cotton and linen) need to breathe. Keep the paper shoulder covers on clothing if you are storing items for the season. This will keep dust and damaging light off your clothes.
- If possible, try to have matching garments cleaned together. This applies to clothing as well as to household items such as bedspreads, pillow shams and draperies.