1. Read clothes labels carefully
This is particularly important when laundering an item for the first time. If the item indicates ‘Dry clean only’ this means that the garment is not suitable to be washed in water and hence must be brought to a dry cleaners for cleaning.
2. Clean clothes regularly
Properly caring for your clothes will keep them looking fresh & crisp for longer. You should always launder clothes before putting them away between seasons – for example the smallest unseen food crumb or stain invites insect damage.
3. Care for clothes between laundering
To keep your clothes in good condition you should brush them regularly, air them before putting them away and spot treat stains as soon as possible. These steps will help to keep odours, dirt & stains at bay. To maintain their shape good quality wooden hangers should be used when hanging up suit jackets & coats.
4. Don’t use too much detergent
Follow the manufacturer’s instructions and do not exceed recommended measures. More is not always better !
5. Pre-treat stains before laundering
Soaking stains in advance can be useful as can use of prewash stain remover, liquid laundry detergent, liquid detergent booster or paste of powder laundry product and water. Click here for more tips on removing specific or stubborn stains
6. Zip zippers and fasten Velcro
Keeping zips closed ensures that they don’t snag any other items in the load. Stray Velcro can stick to other fabrics, damaging knitwear, etc. Unclipped bras can pull fabrics – invest in lingerie bags or an old pillowcase as a solution.
7. If in doubt do a quick ‘bleed’ test
If you’re worried about coloured items being laundered dampen a discreet spot (e.g. under the armpit), then blot it with a white cotton bud to see if the dye bleeds. If it does, launder the item separately until the colour stops running or take it to the dry cleaners
8. Treat stains right away
The longer a stain goes untreated, the more likely it becomes oxidised and sets into the fabric. Successful removal of clothing stains depends largely on the nature of the stain, the type of fabric and the colourfastness of the dye. BLOT DON’T RUB
9. Some stains require a professional!
Sometimes it’s better to leave it to us, particularly if it’s an item you value a lot. Dry cleaning is part skill, part chemistry, part time and part magic !