Dry Cleaner’s Guide to Clothing Care

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Dry Cleaner’s Guide to Clothing Care

Today, we give you an opportunity to explore the dry cleaner’s guide to clothing care from McMahan Cleaners in Denver. We see a lot of common care issues with the clothes that come through our shops. To save you and your clothes, we thought we would share a few tips to help you keep your fabrics looking their best.

Got a Tricky Stain?

If you have a stain that seems stuck, instead of turning to a possible Pinterest fail, turn instead to a stain-removal expert like your dry cleaner. This is particularly true with fabrics that should be dry cleaned anyway. If you attempt a stain removal yourself, you may be permanently ruining your favorite party dress. In our business, we see a lot of stain removal efforts that not only haven’t worked, but have ruined the item in the process.

Turn to your dry cleaner first and save yourself the trouble of wondering whether hairspray or lemon juice or some other trick would have worked (just in case you are wondering they don’t). Your dry cleaner has experience with the fabrics in question and the kind of stain involved. It is a great way to save yourself from needing to replace an item.

Inspect Your Clothes Right After Wearing

Time may heal a lot of things but it won’t help you with stains. Time actually allows a stain to set in more permanently. While you might notice that you dripped spaghetti sauce on your blouse during dinner, some stains may not be as noticeable. For example, alcohol is one spill that is frequently overlooked and if left unnoticed can cause fabric discoloration.

Other kinds of stains can be problematic as well. The best thing to do, according to our dry cleaner’s guide to clothing care, would be to give your clothes the once-over as soon as you are done wearing them. This will allow you to take care of stains as soon as they occur. You may even find a missing button or other damage that requires clothing repairs.

Avoid Exposing Your Clothes to Personal Care Products

Some habits do damage that isn’t noticeable right away. For example, if you spray your perfume or put on your deodorant after you have put your clothes on for the day, the exposure can stain and discolor your clothes over time. It is usually chemically damaging and can’t be removed. The alcohol and oils in our day-to-day personal care products can be problematic for our clothes. Lotion, sunscreen, and hairspray are just a few of the products that are known to cause issues.

Perspiration build-up can be hard or impossible to reverse as well, so dry cleaning your garments regularly is helpful.

Not Just Stains

As we said, people forget that more than stains can spell trouble for their clothes. Jewelry, pocketbooks, backpacks, and other items can cause wear and tear on our clothing. Unfortunately, these types of issues can be hard to spot. You may not notice that your watch tore a small hole in your sweater until the hole becomes difficult to repair.

Dry Cleaning Bag Problems

Some people don’t realize that dry cleaning bags are not meant for clothing storage. They’re primarily used to get your garments from our shop to your home without getting dirty again. The bags can trap moisture which can lead to problems like mildew, trapped odors, and discoloration. To avoid issues, heed the advice of our dry cleaner’s guide to clothing care and remove your clothes from the bags.

Wire Hangers

Wire hangers are hard on certain fabrics. Heavy or delicate fabrics see particularly bad damage in the form of permanent marks or stretching. Keeping such items folded on shelves or in drawers is a much more effective method of storage in between wear. Only use wire hangers for those items that are particularly resistant to the issues created.

Clothing Maintenance

Dry cleaning your clothes can help them last longer. It can actually be a money saving option over time. Additionally, a dry cleaner can help catch issues on your clothes before they become big problems which can save you from needing to replace items as quickly. Dry cleaning your clothes is a great way to protect your clothing investment.

Pay Attention to the Dry Cycle

So many people pay attention to the kind of detergent they use and are picky about stain removers, but when it comes to the drying time of their clothes, they may pay little to no attention. The end result can be overdried laundry. This can cause your clothes to fade faster and shrink.

Dry cleaners don’t just throw your clothes in the dryer, often they press your clothes while they are still wet which results in less heat exposure and a better press job. If you pay attention to your laundry, you may find that it dries in much less time than you may think it needs.

Clothing Storage

Often people don’t think much about the storage conditions of their clothing, but we wanted to include this tip in our dry cleaner’s guide to clothing care. Store clothes with much light exposure, sunshine or artificial, to avoid fading which typically comes out uneven and impossible to hide.

For example, the shoulders of an item may have been exposed and so they have faded but the rest of the item remains unchanged. This can damage your clothes. Store your clothing in dark closets and keep lights off to keep your clothing colors consistent.

Check Your Pockets

One easy way to ruin an entire load of laundry would be to forget a pen or a marker in a pocket. Lipstick is another frequent pocket treasure that can permanently ruin your clothes. Save yourself and your clothes by checking your pockets and emptying them at the end of the day. This can save you when you bring your clothes to your dry cleaner, it can save your clothes at home, and it can save any items you may need (receipts, makeup, jewelry, etc,).

Using this dry cleaner’s guide to clothing care can save you money and frustration. It can especially save your clothing. Another way to save your clothing is to bring it in to us at McMahan Cleaners in Denver. We can make sure your clothes are well cared for and will last longer.

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