Archive for the ‘Garment Care Tips’ Category
With the chilly weather outside, everyone seems to be wearing sweaters, a real sign of fall! But what do we do with our sweaters when they need cleaning?
The truth is it’s very confusing to the consumer to keep the sweater looking like new after wearing it several times. We’re told to read the label carefully and to follow the instructions. Yet, sometimes when the instructions are followed even most carefully, your sweater still takes on a new life of its own!
With all the different fabrics such as silks, cottons, acrylic, angora, rayon and wool, it’s easy to see why washing a sweater can become a most challenging task.
When in doubt, bring your sweater to Daisy Dry Cleaning & Laundry. We are professional Dry Cleaners and we know exactly how to take care of your sweaters, so you can enjoy it for years to come.
There is no great mystery about safe and effective storage but the Daisy Dry Cleaning and Laundry team felt we could offer some useful home storage tips below.
If you have the space, and take just a few simple safety measures, you can protect your valuable clothing investment for years to come.
So here are a few simple suggestions that will help to improve your odds at successful home storage of you’re off season wardrobe:
1. Clean your clothes before storing them.
The single most important precaution is to clean all your clothes before you put them away for the season. We understand that this advice may be hard to hear from your dry cleaner, but this fact is one of the more universally accepted notions in the fashion world.
2. Choose a suitable area for storage.
It should be:
- Well Ventilated
- Free of excessive moisture or humidity
- Free of large temperature fluctuations
- Free from direct sunlight or artificial light
- Free from dust
3. Don’t mix clean and unclean.
Never allow clothes that have not been cleaned to be stored in the same area with your cleaned garments – regardless of how little they have been worn.
4. Make the right choice between hanging and folded.
It is very simple to make the proper determination as to how the garment should spend its time in storage. Sturdy tight weaves do just fine on a hanger, and require very little maintenance when it is time to use them again. Most knits, especially the looser and thinner ones, should be folded (using an acid free tissue to soften the folds) to prevent distortion of the shape.
5. Remove all plastic bags from your clothing.
The plastic bags that Daisy Dry Cleaning & Laundry uses cover your clothing is intended as short term protection. Fabric needs to breathe; these bags can trap heat and humidity and contribute to the oxidization of stains, and general discoloration of fabrics. To protect the garments from having dust settle on them, simply throw a cotton sheet or large towel over the top of the rack to protect the fabrics from dust, while allowing them to breathe.
6. Avoid attics and basements.
This is a general rule, and while there may be exceptions, in most instances these areas do not have the same level of temperature and humidity control as the main living areas of the home and should be avoided.
7. Consider installing a cedar closet.
The best protection you can have provided you have the space to dedicate to your garment storage would be to convert a space to a cedar closet. Cedar has long been considered an ideal storage environment in the fight to stave off insect damage. While there are no guarantees, a well sealed and occasionally renewed cedar closet is a wonderful asset when it comes to home storage.
You shouldn’t hang knits, for prolonged periods of time, but if you feel you must hang your knit garments:
Tops – use a properly sized padded hanger
Skirts and Slacks – do not use the hanging loops provided, they will distort the garment;
You should use a soft, clip hanger and take extra care to position the
garment so that it doesn’t droop, sag, or stretch which will lead to distortion.
Of course, Daisy Dry Cleaning & Laundry pickup and delivery service is always available. So we are here if you need something.
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Are you short on space? Daisy Dry Cleaning & Laundry can help we offer you seasonal storage for those items that you are not using right now. Daisy Dry Cleaning & Laundry seasonal storage is like having your very own personal, spacious, secret closet. But when it comes to storing clothing, rugs, draperies and other fabrics, it’s not simply a question of space; the questions of how, where and under what conditions are the most important.
The conservators at the Metropolitan Museum’s Antonio Ratti Center are experts in the care and storage of textiles. According to their website, “…textiles are particularly vulnerable to air, light, dust, dirt, and repeated handling.” That is why in storing all fabrics from centuries gone by; they protect these items from those elements, while carefully monitoring the storage temperatures (68oF) and the relative humidity (55%) and taking extraordinary precautions to keep the items clean and pollutant free.
As fabric care experts, we’ve modeled our storage vault and protocols for the care of your fabrics, after the Museum’s. All your items are cleaned prior to storage, protected from light, dust and dirt by placement in acid free, Ph neutral storage boxes, and kept in our storage vault which is carefully monitored for controlled temperature, humidity and airflow.
The best part is when you’re ready to once again, ‘switch closets’, simply let us know and we’ll press and return your ready to wear garments and households! Of course, Daisy Dry Cleaning & Laundry pickup and delivery service is always available. So we are here if you need something.
A wedding gown is one of the most important and cherished articles of clothing that you will select. We attempt to preserve wedding gowns for the joy of remembrance and the possibility of passing the gown on for future use by members of the family.
The styles of wedding gowns have undergone some fashion changes, but not dramatically. The wedding gown relies on lace and ornamental trimming such as beads, sequins, pearls and droplets to make them unique.
The color is traditionally white but can range from pure white to beige, ivory, off white and ecru. A wedding gown fabric is usually taffeta, satin, peau de soie or faille and occasionally velvet or crepe is used. The fibers commonly used for wedding gowns are acetate, polyester, nylon, rayon, cotton and silk.
When wedding gowns are stored, they should be properly cleaned and free of stains. Use an acid free box with acid free tissue paper. Do not cover or seal with plastic, since this type of storage builds up an acid condition that hastens deterioration. Daisy Dry Cleaning & Laundry would like to emphasize the need to store your gown in a cool, dry place at home. Otherwise oxidation of the fabric will occur.
As always, if you have any questions or comments, feel free to ask us – that’s why we are here.