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Clothing Care Tips

Repair small problems right away. Sewing a few stitches to repair a tiny tear is much easier than having to sew an entire seam and less expensive than replacing the item if it becomes irreparable.

Use good quality hangers that support your clothes. Flimsy wire hangers allow clothes to sag out of shape. Over time they may even cause damage to the shoulders of garments.

Don't crowd clothes in your closet. Crowding causes wrinkles, which must then be removed. Ironing them again not only wastes your time, but also adds to the wear and tear on your clothes. Storing out of season clothes in another location makes more room in your closet so that your garments aren't crushed.
Sweaters should be folded and placed in drawers, on shelves, or in storage boxes. Be sure that wool garments, in particular, are clean when stored to deter insects that may smell a banquet on the sleeve of your sweater. It's disheartening to pull out your favorite sweater and discover a moth hole.

Treat spots and stains quickly. Take the article to a dry cleaner as soon as possible and point out any spots so that they can be given extra attention. It also helps if you can identify what caused the stain. The longer you wait, the changes increase in the spot setting in the fabric.

Remove our plastic wrap FAST. Yes, you want to protect your stored clothes from airborne dust and particulate, but NO, you do not want to use the plastic covers that drycleaners place over your garments. That plastic is strictly designed for short term, in transit protection! Long term use of these plastic covers will suffocate the garment, trapping harmful gases and moisture and very possibly causing staining, mildew or other mishaps.

Protect Your Clothes at the Hair Salon. We all know the hair salon drill. The aspiring model/receptionist type directs us to the changing room, where we weigh the wisdom of removing all our street clothes and wearing their robe, against just slipping the robe on OVER our clothes and doing the cover up approach. Well, wonder no more. The answer is, take your clothes off and wear the lousy robe. Here is why: hair sprays and coloring solutions contain products that can discolor your clothes, and any staining that occurs is permanent, just like your hair color. These products can seep under, around, over and through towels and other cover up gear, damaging your clothes irreversibly. Even an unintended splatter or spray can hit the mark on your pants or skirts doing damage that you may be unaware of until you clean or launder the item. So, our advice is to go for it. Take it all off.

Perfume Is Harmful to Your Clothes. These days navigating the main floor of a department store is like running an obstacle course as we dodge and weave past folks who want us to sample the latest and greatest in fragrances. While this is a great chance to find a new scent, it's also risky business for your clothes.Perfumes, colognes and other scented products often contain alcohol and other ingredients, which can discolor your garment. A little dab on the wrist and there goes a slight color change at the cuff. A light spray at the neck and the collar become a problem. So much as you may be tempted to test out the newest scent, do it with care for your clothes. When you're dressing at home, apply your fragrance well before getting dressed and give it plenty of time to dry.

Beware Tooth of Care Products. It's the ying and yang of the world of tooth whitening. If you are using tooth brightening dental pastes or treatments, use them before you dress in the morning or after you've changed when you get in at night. Why? Because these new toothwhitening products are such effective bleaches that when they splatter on to your clothes they can remove the color! What you may see as a tiny white mark that you think will just brush off, is in fact, a colorless spot. That is permanent! Taking precautions to protect your garments from these products will preserve and protect your wardrobe from the harmful effects of, who would believe it, toothpaste!

Sun Damage and Your Home. While you may not think in terms of sun damage as it impacts your home furnishings, the fact is sunlight takes it's toll on your draperies, carpets, upholstered furniture and even your woods! Here are a few tips to help you forestall sun damage in your home. Find a way to incorporate shades and blinds into your decorating scheme. Blinds and shades take the brunt of the sun's fore, and in the process protect your draperies, which otherwise would be the first line of defense. Fully closing blinds or lowering shades when the draperies are drawn will protect them further. If you are out for the day, make it a practice to close the blinds before you leave. Lined draperies have a longer useful life than unlined draperies; the lining will succumb to the suns effects before the face fabric. Often the lining can be removed or replaced, thereby extending the life of the drapery. Rotate your draperies. If possible rotate draperies that are exposed to direct sunlight with draperies that are either protected by walls or have a different exposure. Avoid purchasing draperies in the same fabric as upholstered pieces. The fact is that no matter how many precautions you take, a certain amount of sun fading is inevitable, but as long as the patterns aren't identical, a slight color loss will not be noticeable. Be sure to close your windows when the sun is not shining or rain is forecasted. Watermarks are among the most difficult to remove stains on draperies. If your windows sweat (build up condensate) take measures to keep your draperies away from them. The condensate will cause water rings the nemesis of draperies. If you're thinking about window replacements, consider UV-filtering glass, it will help prevent ultra-violet rays from wreaking havoc on your home furnishings. Finally, when the heating or cooling season is upon you, make sure your draperies are not in front of the air intake or discharge vents. Your don't want you draperies acting as an air filter.

 

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