Well-made, high quality garments can last decades if cared for properly. Additionally, well-cared for clothes look better ensuring your investment will pay off for years. Like any investment, proper care can take time, commitment, and discipline. These expert clothing care tips will help you enjoy your delicate and expensive garments for years.
- Use a stiff clothing brush to give your suits, jackets, blazers, and pants a quick clean after wearing. Brush against the grain first, and then with it to remove dust, dirt, or other materials.
- Hang your clothes up immediately after changing. Bunched up clothes may wrinkle, lose their shape, or pick up dirt from floors, furniture, or pets.
- The best way to remove wrinkles between cleanings in delicate fabrics is a professional steam machine. If you don’t have one, bring the items to Flair Cleaners for a quick touch up. Do not steam or iron structured wool clothing to avoid distorting the shape. Those items must always be professionally cleaned.
- Save ironing for cotton garments only. If you use starch and hand-wash, periodically take the garment to any Flair Cleaners to remove any lingering residue.
- Use gentle steam on clothes with beads, sequins, or embroidery. If the fabric puckers, stop steaming and take the item to Flair Cleaners.
- Just because a garment label says an item can be machine-washed doesn’t mean it should be. Delicate fabrics especially can be damaged in washing machines and by the extreme heat of a dryer.
- Store your expensive wardrobe in a clean, cool, dry, dark environment. This protects it from sun damage and color fading.
- If you hang a garment for more than a month between wearings, store it in a breathable protective garment bag.
- Professionally clean silk and wool garments before storing.
- Never use chemical moth balls. These give off toxic fumes from para-dichlorobenzene and cause clothes to smell bad. Alternatively, use natural remedies like cedar blocks, or rosemary sachets, cloves, lavender, or other aromatic repellents.
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- If you see any tiny holes in your garments, take them to Flair’s professional tailor for repair. Fixing them immediately prevents them from becoming larger.
- If your clothing has become snug or too loose, check with our professionals to see if it can be let out or taken in. Wearing tight clothing stresses the seams, causing them to rip and tear. Clothes that are too big can make you feel and look awkward.
If you are uncertain about cleaning your expensive and delicate clothes at home, or if they have embellishments like embroidery, beading, fabric-covered buttons, or pressed pleats, the smartest choice is to have them cleaned by our professionals.