10 Essential Tips for Taking Care of Your Work Clothing
Jan 25, 2018
Garment Care Tips - the 411!
Clothing, especially your career apparel, is worth taking care of. Proper clothing care will save you time, money and will insure that you look your best. Here are some simple tips to take care of your garments.
Care Labels Are Key - Every garment that you purchase has a care label. Always consult the label as it may contain specific care instructions for that fabric. For example, our twill shirt's care label instructs you to machine wash in cold water with similar colors on a gentle cycle - do not bleach and tumble dry with medium heat, use a warm iron if needed. Looking for the care instructions for a specific product that we provide? Contact us for the spec sheet or size/care tab for each style's specific care instructions.
Soft Laundry Before Washing - Wash fabrics according to light or dark colors. You don't want dark colors to bleed color onto your lighter colored clothes. Washing delicate fabrics separate from sturdy fabrics protects the delicate materials, which might be damaged by rubbing against coarse fabrics. Wash items that produce lint (i.e., towels) separate from your career wardrobe.
Treat Stains Immediately - If the garment is machine washable, use a spot remover that is appropriate for the type of stain and fabric. Test the spot remover on an inside seam before using on the stain. If it's a grease stain, my wife has had great success getting grease out by treating it with Dawn dishwashing liquid before washing. If you are taking the garment to the dry cleaner, point out any spots so the stains can be given extra attention.
Pressing, Steaming and Eliminating Wrinkles - When you iron or press clothes, use the proper heat setting for the type of fabric. An iron that is too hot can ruin fabrics. Steam can assist you with eliminating wrinkles from cottons, polyester, blends and wools. And, if you hate to iron try a clothing wrinkle remover - you just spray it on the garment and tug on it gently to smooth out the wrinkles. The spray works great, especially on wools and knits.
Hangers With Support - Use good quality hangers that support your clothes. Flimsy, wire hangers allow clothes to sag out of shape or may even cause damage to the shoulders.
Sweaters - Cotton sweaters should be turned inside out and cold water wash with like colors. Lay flat. Acrylic sweaters should be turned inside out and cold or warm water wash and dry medium heat. Wool or wool blend sweaters should be hand washed in cold water, dry flat or dry cleaned.
Fabric Softeners and Moisture Wicking Fabrics - Do not use fabric softeners on garments with moisture wicking fabric. Fabric softeners coat the fibers and reduce the moisture wicking effectiveness.
Zipper and Velcro - Garments with zippers should be zipped up and locked. Velcro closures should be covered and turned inside out to eliminate these items catching on other garments and causing snags.
Dark Colors - Garments with dark colors should be turned inside out in order for the garment to keep its color longer.
Liquid Detergent vs Powder - When washing dark clothing in hard water, liquid detergent is better than powder. Powder will create more spots on clothing.
Branded Clothing with Logo on It - We strongly recommend that you turn all apparel with either embroidered or screen printed logo's on them inside out.
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