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New Year's Resolutions for Your Clothes
The New Year always ushers in reflections on past mistakes and successes, a wave of new ideas and ways to improve, and a recommitment to just do better in general. Making a commitment to take better care of your clothing may seem like a silly goal given all the things that are going on in both our country and around the world. But quality clothing is an investment and providing proper care can extend its life, ultimately saving your money.
5 Resolutions to Help your Clothing Last Longer
- Follow the Instructions on the Care Label.
I know we’ve said this time and again, but not following the care label is the number one reason garments are ruined.
- Store Out-of-Season Clothing Properly.
This means washing or dry cleaning all items before placing them in storage. Store clothing in a location with proper air circulation, low moisture, and low light exposure. Finally, never store clothing in our plastic poly bags. They can trap moisture causing mold and mildew issues.
- Address Stains Immediately.
When a spill occurs on a garment, gently remove the excess, and then blot (don’t rub) with a clean, white cloth. Depending on what type of stain it is, you may feel comfortable treating it at home, but we recommend you take it to a professional. When you drop off the garment, point out the stain and share any removal attempts you tried. Remember, the quicker you address a stain or spill, the more likely it is to be removed.
- Use the Proper Hanger.
Hanging your garments on the correct hanger ensures they maintain their proper shape. In addition, not all garments should be placed on a hanger; knit items should be folded and placed on a shelf or in a drawer. Finally, to avoid unnecessary wrinkles, avoid crowding clothes in your closet.
- Watch for Outside Forces.
Use caution when wearing jewelry because it can cause snags or pulls on clothing. Likewise, hairspray and perfume can cause color loss on some garments.
If you have questions about how to properly care for a garment, simply drop by one of our locations and speak with the manager.