Garment care tips
Clothing Care Basics: Part 1
Clothing care starts the moment you begin to shop. It ends when you retire or donate the garment. We will follow the life of a garment, from the time of purchase to staining, cleaning and, finally, storing for the season – with everything in between.
- By choosing the right fabric and fit for your lifestyle
- By reading the care label on each garment, before you buy
- By recognizing stains – and their origins – and knowing if they require pre-treatment, and then dry cleaning or wet cleaning (in water)
Recognizing water-based stains
Water-based stains from soda, coffee, and wine usually have a ring around the outside.
Recognizing Oil-based stains
Oil-based stains from food oils, French fry grease, and mayonnaise are absorbed into the fabric and do not have a ring. These stains can be set by soap and water and usually require dry cleaning.
What to do with stains
If you identify these stains, take them to the cleaner within 48 hours or so, and then point them out to your drycleaner, most of your spots will come out!
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