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Prevent Insect Damage to Your Clothing

April 10, 2018

Mysteriously appearing holes may be the result of insect damage. Often the holes may not be readily apparent until after cleaning. Garments that have been stored for a long time are particularly prone to insect damage. Moth damage is commonly seen on wool fabrics, but beetles, silverfish, roaches, and other insects feed on stains and

Cleaning Warm Weather Clothing Takes Care

March 31, 2018

We lather up, jump in and enjoy during warm weather. With that come many products that can damage clothing items. 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 prone.  Aluminum

How to Speed Up Laundry Day

March 11, 2018

Laundry always seems to take too long. Each step — sort, wash, dry, and fold — takes time.  There are ways to simplify and speed up the process. Sort Ahead of Time Don’t wait until laundry day to sort. Use separate baskets and put your jeans or shirts in the right basket at the end

Look Your Best at (formal) Parties

October 01, 2017

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 tuxedos and evening gowns. Many formal wear garments are made of luxurious fabrics, such as taffeta, moire, satin, organza, metallic prints, silk, and velvet. Each of these

Keep your whites bright!

March 02, 2017

Spring and summer bring out the brightest of colors – reds, pinks, yellows, purples, blues, and especially whites. If you want to keep your whites bright and looking good, read on.   In their natural state, many fabrics have an off-white or yellowish cast and are, therefore, often bleached to remove their natural color. Manufacturers

More Laundry Problems: Lint and Pills

February 22, 2017

Do you find lint and pills on your clothing when you pull them out of the washer? If you do, read on to learn how to treat these problems. Lint Before you wash, you need to look to see if your loads have “Lint Producers”. Lint Producers are types of clothing that create lint that

Updating Your Fall Closet

January 11, 2017

The first step toward having a great wardrobe is being able to work with what you already own. You may think you need to start from scratch, but what about those great clothes you already have in your closet? If you have a great skirt and no matching blazer, why buy a new set? Just

Staying Current with Men’s Officewear

September 25, 2016

In the age of the “power suit” and the short attention span, wearing something that is uncomfortable or makes a man look comical can spoil a meeting and take the focus from “this year’s projected growth” to “Oh, my, what is he wearing?” With so many different types of clothing now becoming acceptable in the

Sunscreens may leave invisible stains on your clothing

June 30, 2016

With the arrival of hot, sunny days comes the need for sunscreens and suntan lotions. While most of us use these products to help protect our skin from the sun, others use them to enhance their skin tone.   Unfortunately, the components found in most sunscreens and suntan lotions can stain fabrics. Most of these

How to minimize color loss

June 13, 2016

Garments lose color for various reasons. Contact with bleach or household cleaning products can disturb dyes, resulting in white discolorations. Same with hair preparations and other moisture solutions or perfumes and other substances containing alcohol. “Fugitive dyes” are not colorfast to cleaning solutions and are the biggest manufacturer-related problem reported by the International Textile Analysis