|Tips To Take Care of
your Expensive Clothes:
Designer clothes are not cheap in cost or in quality.
In fact, they are an expensive investment in everyone’s
wardrobe. So how do you extend the life of your designer clothes? With
gentle hand washing to dry cleaning you can easily extend the life of
your designer clothes. Start with these steps:
Limit the amount of wearings. Exercise restraint; although you’ve
fallen in love with that irreplaceable dress, wearing this fashionable
frock every other day will weaken the garment’s fibers. When purchasing
designer clothes, determine how often you will wear the item to keep it
in pristine condition for years.
Dry clean regularly. The costly designer fabrics used to construct these
expensive creations demand a superior cleaning regimen. Make an appointment
each week with the dry cleaner to launder your clothes. The high-cost
of designer clothes demands a specialist who is familiar with techniques
to preserve your expensive wardrobe pieces.
Store your designer clothes after each season. Make detailed plans for
storage. Separate clothes by seasons and categories. Purchase garment
bags to store your designer frocks. Send your fine furs and leathers to
a furrier for leaning.
Keep your closet well-ventilated and moth free. Don’t pack your
closet to its full capacity. Create one inch of space between each hanger
in your closet. Instead of using smelly moth balls, hand cedar blocks
into your closet, to prevent any clothes-loving insects from damaging
your designer clothes.
Dry clean your designer clothes before placing the items into long periods
of storage. Remove the plastic dry cleaning bags after laundering to prevent
damage to the expensive fabric used to create most designer clothes.
Make sure you put your clothes on a hanger when you get undressed at night
if they are going to be worn again. Put everything else into the hamper
to be washed. Never just put your clothes into a ball, and drop them on
the floor. Protect the fabric, and the items will last and always look
Prevent getting food stains on your shirts or blouses by bringing the
spoon 'to' your mouth, and gently sip the contents, so as to prevent dripping.
When eating pasta or gravey dish, hold the napkin between your shirt or
blouse and the food, again, move your mouth to the fork.
Dab ice water or seltzer onto food stains immediately , so it does not
set. Do not rub.
Wash your clothes often. Use a gentle wash cycle for delicates. Do not
use liquid bleach in the wash. Separate colors from whites. Pure soap
with a handful of bicarbonate (baking) soda is a much better, safer and
more environmentally friendly bleach than White King. Chemical bleaches
are extremely bad for your health, and don't properly wash out of your
Try not to use a dryer at all. Dryers wear out your clothes and fade their
colours more quickly than drying in sunlight. Drying in sunlight or in
the open air is also a much healthier way of drying your clothes - sunlight
is a natural disinfectant. And lastly, clothes-dryers use an enormous
amount of electricity, contributing to the greenhouse effect and your
electricity bill. Try drying your clothes on clothes-racks if the weather
is not good, and ironing them when still slightly damp. Much better for
your clothes and for the environment. If you absolutely have to use a
dryer, use it on the warm setting and clear the lint filter after every
load. If the temperature is too hot, your clothes will come out all wrinkled.
If your dryer has a delicate cyle use it. Make sure you do not leave the
dryer on, longer than necessary.
Remove the clothes from the dryer and hang them up immediately. Button
the top button on shirts, and hang blouses neatly on the hanger. Slacks
should go on a special pants hanger, that clips over the top of the waist.
Smooth the fabric with your hand, so as to avoid wrinkles. Iron out any
wrinkles that might occur.
Fold all other garments neatly and place in the dresser drawers
Hang your clothes in the closet, and make sure they are not all crowded
or crushed together. They need breathing room or they will become all
wrinkled and slip off the hangers and land on the floor.