Garment Care

How to clean baseball caps

September 18, 2020
We're well into the Boston Red Sox Games season and your favorite player's cap may be looking a bit dingy.  While most components of the baseball uniform, such as shirts, pants, and socks, are machine washable, what about baseball caps? Well, for baseball caps, the preferred method of care is to simply hand wash the

Cleaning Warm Weather Clothing Takes Care

August 10, 2020

We lather up, jump in and enjoy during warm weather in Boston. With that come many products that can damage our clothing. Here are some quick tips to minimize that damage. Antiperspirant Potential Problem: Build-up from deodorant and antiperspirant products can cause fiber damage and yellowing.  Blue and green on silk and wool are particularly

How to Clean and Care for Modal Clothes

June 04, 2020
Do you own modal clothing? Modal refers to a type of rayon fabric made from the fibers of Beech trees. Unlike other rayon fabrics that tend to shrink or stretch, modal clothes easily retain their shape and are machine washable and dryable. They do, however, need to be washed after each use except for model pants or jackets

Putting winter clothes in storage

March 06, 2020

Spring is coming soon and it’s time to pack away the wool coats, furs, leather jackets, sweaters, gloves and hats that have protected us through this past winter. But wait a minute! Before you put your off-season garments in storage, you should clean them first!  Particles left on your winter clothing can stain and set

Keeping Coats, Jackets, and Blazers in Top Condition

February 14, 2020

While your favorite coat may be keeping you warm this month, we all have jackets and blazers that we use through the year and these pieces of clothing can take a beating. The care method for a coat will depend on its fiber content. For example, coats made of wool, leather, and suede may require

Look Your Best at (formal) Parties

January 20, 2020

Boston winters are cold and while we can still enjoy skiing and other outdoor activities, we are likely to stay indoors and hold holiday parties and splashes. Enjoy the party, but with the festivities spills, splashes, and other party-time mishaps, as well as wear alone, can take their toll on expensive formal wear such as

How to Remove Mold and Mildew From Leather Clothing

December 22, 2019

Leather clothing should be cleaned and stored with care every year to maintain its beauty. Leather clothing can be tricky to take care of on your own. They aren’t usually worn on a daily basis, so they can be susceptible to mold and mildew accumulation.  Mold or mildew on leather can be extremely hard to

Take Care when Caring for Wool Sweaters

November 15, 2019
Wool sweaters are a staple in Boston. We wear them everywhere, in school, at work, at home, and on many occasions. We even love ugly Christmas sweaters. Wool is a popular sweater fabric because it is durable, comfortable, and an excellent insulator. If your wool sweater gets damp, hang it to air dry at room

How to Care for Polar Fleece Clothing

November 13, 2019

With autumn upon us and temperatures dropping, people are adding an extra layer of clothing in the morning as they prepare for their morning commutes — outerwear. A popular type of outerwear is polar fleece. Polar fleece fabrics are made of a knit construction with a brushed or napped finish. Because of the nature of

How to Care for Down & Fiberfill Comforters, Sleeping Bags and Coats

November 12, 2019

Comforters, sleeping bags, coats, and other cold weather garments are often made with down or fiberfill. Both down–a natural product, and fiberfill, a polyester fill–are effective in keeping out the cold. While cleaning down or fiberfill items is usually not a problem, a garment with poor construction and insufficient quilting can cause the down to