6 Tips To Care for Your Investment Clothes At Home
While caring for your high-quality clothing at home isn’t always the best idea, there are some tips you can implement that will save you from visiting the cleaners too frequently. You can save a lot of time, money and worry by following the directions on the clothing labels and by following a few steps before and after wear. Check out these easy yet useful tips to help keep your beautiful clothes looking their best for years to come.
Tip 1: Washing
When it comes to cleaning high-quality clothing at home, always start by reading the labels. This simple step will make your life a lot easier and prevent any mishaps. For most delicate and designer clothing, the label will usually state whether it is dry clean only, or both dry clean or hand wash. Typically, hand washing with a gentle detergent is a safe option. Also, make sure to treat any stains as soon as possible, to not let them sit and become ingrained in the fabric. Furthermore, soaking any stains overnight will help to break down the substance making it easier for you to clean.
Tip 2: Drying
Always allow your quality clothing to dry naturally, as harsh heating elements can cause significant damage to your clothes. The best method is to lay your clothing flat on a clean, dry table outside and turn them over every thirty minutes or so for even drying. This method will also prevent mildew or funny smells from collecting in the threads. The other cool thing about air drying is that this will usually work out any wrinkles in the fabric.
Tip 3: Hanging
Most of us are aware that you shouldn’t hang delicate clothing on wire hangers, but you may not know precisely why that is. The number one factor is rust, which is ugly and challenging to remove. Secondly, wire hangers are so flimsy most of your time will be spent re-hanging your clothing that is continuously slipping off. As if that wasn’t enough, with wire hangers your clothing is at constant risk of snagging. That twisted part of the hanger neck shows no mercy when it comes to snagging your most expensive or favourite garments. Bottom line here, invest in quality hangers.
Tip 4: Storage
Proper storage of your high-quality clothing is a massive aspect of keeping them in tip-top shape. At first thought, you may be tempted to hang it up in plastic or throw it in a crate, but there’s a bit more involved in protecting the fabric. We are sure you would agree that purchasing quality clothing is an investment. Likewise, so is investing in the proper products to protect them. For example, garment bags made of breathable materials such as muslin and acid-free tissue paper are both great options to assist in storing your expensive items.
Tip 5: Tips for Men
There are certain areas of a man’s shirts that require special care to protect and clean. You probably already know what areas we are referring to - the neck, underarms and wrist area. After wear, it’s a good idea to pre-wash these areas along with any other spots to ensure the best results during the wash and prevent dirt buildup.
Make it a point to wash your hands often when wearing investment pieces to prevent unnecessary dirt and stains from making its way to your clothing, including under the nails.
Know the proper way to iron your collared shirts. Make sure the shirt is spotless. Even the slightest amount of dirt, when ironed, can become ingrained in the fabric and prove to be difficult to remove. Start with the collar, then the body of the shirt, and finally the sleeves. Be careful not to iron over the buttons and hang immediately on a wooden hanger.
Tip 6: Tips for Women
Apply creams, deodorants and sprays before putting on your investment pieces. This way, you don't risk staining your delicate clothing as these products can ruin them.
Never hang knitted, beaded, lacy or sequined designer dresses. These items should be folded to avoid snags and stretching. Use an acid-free tissue paper between them.
Keep closets ventilated and airy. As tempting as it may be when trying to fit it all in, it's important not to pack your wardrobe tightly, especially when your expensive clothes are involved.
When hanging garments, turn them inside out to protect the front. Also, instead of ironing, try hanging your clothes in the bathroom while you shower. The heat will help the wrinkles to fall out.
By purchasing the proper tools, taking preventative measures and investing a little extra time to care, you can prolong the lifespan of your high-quality clothing. We hope that they may continue to be worn for special occasions for many years, creating beautiful memories that you can look back on. Henkerman Hangers are committed to helping you in preserving your most prized investments.
By Nadine Rich via Henkerman Hangers, proud sponsors of Cazinc The Label.
Carolyn Rowland is a qualified NLP Master Therapist, Advanced Practitioner of Matrix Therapies, Time Line Therapist, Practitioner of Hypnotherapy, has a Diploma for Business and Life Coaching and A Professional Image Stylist. Carolyn is happily married to her husband Simon, and raised four beautiful children, who are now young adults and a teenager.