When you buy your garment, make sure to keep your receipt until after you get it cleaned. Manufacture defects can become apparent after the cleaning process. Defects such as bleeding of color or fading of color can make garments unwearable, and such garments should be returned to the store.
Bring a garment in for professional cleaning as soon as possible after staining occurs. Stains and soil left too long can be impossible to remove and will shorten the life of your garment.
Discuss any stains with your professional dry cleaner. Be especially sure to point out light-colored or invisible spills, such as those from soft drinks, fruit juices, or white wine. It is also important to point out and identify any other beverage or food spillage so that the dry cleaner can treat the stain prior to putting the garment through the dry cleaning process.
Keep perfumes, lotions, deodorants, antiperspirants, and other toiletries from coming into contact with clothes. These products likely contain alcohol, which can affect some dyes. Allow them to dry before dressing.
Protect garments from excessive perspiration, especially silks. Perspiration left on fabric can cause many dyes to discolor.
Have matching pieces cleaned together, including bedspreads, drapes, and sofa covers so that any color loss will be uniform and the pieces will still match.
Protect garments from prolonged exposure to direct sunlight or strong artificial light. Keep in mind that even normal lighting can affect some dyes.
Don't press stained or soiled clothes. The heat may set some stains.
Do not wash delicate fabrics, such as silk, rayon, satin, acetate, wool, etc. Some labels say hand wash only, but these items will shrink when you put them in water. You should always have these items dry cleaned as well.
When you put your clothes in storage for the season, always get them cleaned. If you do not, stains will set during the months they are stored. The longer a stain remains on the fabric, the greater the chance that it will be unremovable. Also perfume, cologne, or just the scent of the human body will attract moths or other insects that could (will) damage your clothes.
When getting dressed, always apply lotions, makeup and hair spray before you put on your clothing. The alcohol and other chemicals present can cause damage to your garment, which generally is not visible until after cleaning or aging on the fabric.
Toothpaste can contain bleaches that not only remove stains from your teeth, but can remove color from your garments. Even a tiny amount of toothpaste can cause discoloration, or the dye on your garment to be permanently changed.
Garments that are worn directly against your skin such as dress shirts and blouses should be cleaned each time you wear them. After repeated use, soil and stains become much harder to remove and often become permanent.
Invisible spills and stains often appear after a garment is cleaned. To avoid mysterious yellow and brown spots, you should assist your dry cleaner by detailing areas that may contain spillage that is no longer visible.
Never, ever, rub a stain. Blot the area dry only with a dry napkin and then stop! Rubbing can cause damage to the fiber and permanent discoloration to the affected area.
Identify stains as oily or water-based, and never allow anyone to use water or club soda to attempt removal of a stain, no matter what the circumstances.
The safest stain removal tip is to bring the garment into your dry cleaner promptly for cleaning. Fresh stains are much more likely to be removed without damage to the garment.
Be extremely careful when wearing fine delicate fabrics such as silk. Purses, jewelry or even coarse-textured coats can easily snag your favorite garment.
Never store any garment unless it has been dry-cleaned or laundered first and all stains have been removed. Body oils, perspiration, invisible tannin stains, etc. are magnets for moths and destructive pests.
The clear plastic garment bags that are used by your dry cleaner to prevent your garments from soil and poor weather conditions during transport. Remove the clear plastic bags immediately upon receipt and remember to leave the paper cape on to protect the shoulders of your garments from dust and sunspots.
This is the easiest step of them all. Get your garments cleaned regularly and make sure all buttons and shoulder pads are secure.
With these twenty-one steps your garments will stay better looking, longer.
Note: This information is solely the opinion of Omega Cleaners, Inc. and may not reflect the opinions of others. These opinions shall not be deemed to create any express or implied warranty concerning the care of any garments. Omega Cleaners, Inc. shall not be held liable or accountable for any damage.
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