Give Your Clothes the TLC They Deserve
If you want your clothes to treat you right, you’ve got to treat them right. If you don’t you may be replacing your entire wardrobe every season, as opposed to just a few essential pieces. The proper investment of time and effort in caring for your clothes will reap tremendous long-term benefits. By following some simple guidelines, you can look wonderful and keep your clothes in tip-top shape, from season to season.
The following tips will help you better preserve your wardrobe:
* Clean your garments frequently to keep them fresh and crisp looking. Not only do stains set with age, ground-in dirt and soil act as an abrasive, causing rapid wear of fibers. Insects also are attracted to soiled clothes and will cause further damage.
*Always discuss potential problems with our counter personnel. The more information you provide us, the better service we can give your clothes.
*Always clean matching items together.(This is also a good tip for household items.) Some dyes may fade with repeated cleaning, which can cause color variances in matching items that are not cleaned together.
*If you spill something on your clothes, always blot the stain, don’t rub it because it can cause color loss and fabric damage.
*To minimize color loss, skin preparations should be applied to the skin and never directly onto the garment.
*Don’t skimp on cleaning your clothes. Give all specialty items (ie… eveningwear, wedding dresses, etc.) the attention and professional care that they deserve.
*Always clean clothes before storing them to prevent stains, color loss, and fabric damage.
*Atmospheric conditions may contribute to discoloration and, in some cases, fabric damage. When storing clothes in a closet, minimize direct sunlight and don’t expose them to bright artificial light
At the end of the day, don’t remove your clothes and toss them aside like yesterday’s newspaper. You should always examine the outfit for stains and wear and tear that may have occurred during the course of your day and then hang it up. When you take your clothes to the cleaners, it’s a good idea to mark stains with a piece of tape, if you don’t have time to discuss these at the counter. Check the pockets of your clothes and point out any stains to the counter person, explaining their origin and what you did, if anything, to try to remove them. If you spill gravy, sauce or wine on your shirt or blouse while at dinner, you should slightly dampen your napkin and try to gently blot out the stain. When you use deodorant/antiperspirants, perfumes or other skin preparations, always remember to put them on your body a few minutes prior to dressing to allow them to absorb into your skin. If you have a walk in closet with a window, you may enjoy the extra light, but the clothes could suffer from sun damage. Either move your clothes to another area in the closet, or cover the window with blinds or curtains designed to block out sunlight.