Clothes are a major investment for anyone. Fine quality clothes can last a long time with proper care. And according to experts such as your local Altamonte Spring dry cleaners, it is very simple to do. Starting with washing and drying clothes, be sure to use the right wash cycle. Not everything can handle a regular wash cycle. Many articles of clothing should be washed on a delicate or gentle setting. The agitation in the washer is much slower. Clothes still get as clean, but the wear on the fabric won’t be severe. Also, take the time to zip up zippers, button up, and tie sashes and drawstrings. While doing this, check to make sure nothing is broken and buttons aren’t loose. Taking the few minutes it takes to do this will keep clothing looking new in the long run. After making sure all is secured, turn the clothes inside out. Shiny finishes on fabric will stay shiny longer. Fabric softener is also recommended by an Altamonte Springs dry cleaners. Just as a conditioner applied after a shampoo will keep hair shiny and soft, fabric softener will keep clothes soft and fresh feeling.

Invest in a mesh laundry bag for delicates such as bras and lace items. A mesh bag will allow the clothes to get clean and prevent stretching, mis-shaping or tearing. If you can’t find a mesh bag, a pillowcase works just as well. Most importantly, use cold water. Not only is it easier on clothes, it will save on the electric bill. Different types of fabric also require different treatment for cleaning, Altamonte Springs dry cleaners. Acetate fabrics should be hand washed and air dried. Acetate is a weak fiber and can be damaged in a washing machine. Clothing made from acetate fibers can also bleed colors and fade. After air drying, iron the garment inside out on a low setting.

Cottons can be washed in hot water and tumble dried on warm, however this only applies to preshrunk cotton. Remove these items from the dryer before they are completely dry and allow to air dry.

Linen is a natural fiber, like cotton, but should be washed in cool water and air dried. Be sure to check the label as some linens do require dry cleaning instead of washing to maintain the texture of the fabric.

Polyester fabric can be washed in cold water and tumble dried on warm or air dried. If you do dry these items in the dryer, like cotton, remove them before they are completely dry and then hang to finish drying to prevent wrinkles. Use caution if you iron a polyester as the fabric can melt.

Silk is another natural fiber, in fact one of the oldest materials used to make clothes. Most silk items can be washed in cool or warm washing machines on a delicate cycle. However always check the label because some silk weave patterns can tighten and pucker and aren’t always color-fast. It is best to air dry silks by rolling them in a towel to press out most of the moisture then hang to dry.

Spandex is used in many types of clothes, including jeans to make them form fitting. Spandex should be washed in cold water either by hand or in the washer, but never use chlorine bleach as this will weaken the spandex fibers. Hanging spandex to dry is better for the fabric than using a dryer as these blends can pucker or bubble. Wool should always be hand washed in cold water and air dried laid out on a towel (never hang wool). Lined garments look their best if they are dry cleaned at least once a year. Washing can cause the lining to shrink and then the clothing is ruined. Between dry cleanings, if the item is soiled, brush the soiled area with a damp cloth. To reduce wrinkles, hang the outfit by a padded hanger in a steamed-up bathroom.

Since Florida is mostly just one season, residents don’t have to have “two wardrobes” as our northern neighbors do. But when storing articles of clothing, be sure to avoid damp areas that can cause mildew or mold. Also, wash and dry all garments to be stored. Don’t go out and buy those plastic bags that can be vacuumed to suck out all the air, making the bags flat for storage. This isn’t good for clothes. Garments needs to be stored so that air circulates through the garments. A wooden or rattan trunk is perfect for storing clothes.

Some tips for storing garments:

  • Store leather and suede on hangers in a well-ventilated closet. Cover them in clean muslin (again, don’t use plastic bags).
  • Roll up linen and garments made with metallic fabric in tissue or muslin. Folding these items may cause permanent creases.
  • Rayon, silk and knitted fabrics can be stored flat.
  • Store cleaned wool garments in tissue, padding them well and add mothballs in with them.
  • Furs should be professionally stored.
  • Taking time to prepare clothes for cleaning or storing will keep clothes looking new and fresh, and save money on your investment.