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Dry Cleaning Tips For The Holiday Season
As holiday parties, festivities and gatherings increase so do your dressier garments and there can be a bit more to worry about when keeping your holiday dress wear looking good. Special care is needed for those holiday garments and your dry cleaners can help keep you looking your best.
If you want to dazzle between Thanksgiving to New Years, here is how to care for that extra sparkle:
- Beading or embellishment on a garment either vintage or new can be tricky to clean. Make sure you check the label to see if it says dry clean only and believe the label if it does. Button or zip the garment closed and turn it inside out so the beading is protected. Gentle cycle with cold water and no wringing. Let hang dry over a flat surface.
- Silk garments that are structured and thicker will be better to take in for dry cleaning. Some lightweight silks are hand washable and should be done in cold water, not wrung, and dried flat. Silk can be difficult to get free of the suds and will take several rinses.
- Satin fabric can be made of rayon, cotton, nylon and polyester. The type of satin will determine what the cleaning process is like. Thicker and more structured garments are better left to the professionals. Use cold water for the more delicate satins and warm for satins made with nylon and polyester.
- Sequined clothing should be zipped and turned inside out. Place in a pillow case or separate bag made specifically for special laundry items. Your clothes will get the protection from being in a separate bag so as to not ruin the sequins. If wrinkles are on issue use a steam iron or hang the item in the bathroom while taking a hot shower.
- With velvet you want to avoid crushing the pile on the fabric. There is knit velvet and fine velvet with a plain wave that will be noted on the manufacturer's tag and should be taken in to be professionally cleaned. When stored improperly a velvet item will crease in the piling and those are hard to get out. Also you should never iron velvet.
- While corduroy is a sturdy fabric certain techniques will help it to last longer and looking better. By closing buttons and turning inside out the pile or ribs of the fabric will be protected from flattening. Use a normal wash cycle with warm water. Dry until damp and then hang to complete.
- Holiday Sweater that contains puffy paint (you know who you are), battery powered lighting, glitter, knit detailing and whatever your festive spirit may be: turn inside out to protect outside detailing and hand wash if too delicate to wash on a gentle cycle in cold water. Squeeze out excess water before setting out to dry (If there is battery wiring make sure to remove battery wiring before starting the cleaning process.)
Some of these care instructions can be tricky. If that is the case, contact Mark Pressed4Time
, and let us help you restore your favorite holiday garment to pristine order.
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Tuesday, December 04, 2012 written by Mark Pressed4Time
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