To get the most wear out of your clothing purchases it is important to understand how to read a manufacturer’s care label.
Here’s what to look for the next time you wash your favorite garments at home:
- Don’t just throw your clothes in the washing machine and hit the start button: Pay attention to what the manufacturer says is the recommended temperature setting. Many clothing items need to be washed with like colors, require permanent press, or a delicate wash cycle.
- Items that require hand washing: Soak and gently rub the item, if a garment calls for hand wash only, it is likely because the item is too delicate for machine cycles. To dry, these items generally will need to be laid on a flat surface.
- Know when to use bleach: Where some items can be washed with any bleach, others may call for non-chlorine bleach only. Some items will be too delicate for even non-chlorine bleach.
- Keep items from shrinking, know the correct drying method: Some items can be dried in a standard tumble dryer, where others may need to be hung to dry or laid flat. If the care label calls for tumble dry, check for the proper temperature level. Certain items may be delicate or require a permanent press that will be noted in the care instructions. Never tumble dry an item of clothing that requires hang drying, drip drying, or flat drying.
- Iron: Many newer irons have settings based on the clothing material. If you don’t have an iron that determines temperature for you, the care label will illustrate the proper ironing temperature level. There are several fabrics that don’t take well to steam or ironing at all. Never iron an item unless the care label calls for it.
- Dry Clean: Some materials can only be dry cleaned.
If you aren’t sure about how to clean a garment, be sure to take it to a professional. Anton’s Cleaners checks the garment care labels on each item of clothing to ensure it is properly handled. You can find a list of our locations here.
To help understand the different symbols on your care labels, we have created an easy-to-follow chart:
This time of year, families start to take their holiday décor out of storage. Tablecloths in particular are something that we tend to spend a little extra money on, and want to keep looking perfect throughout the holiday season. It is important to properly preserve your tablecloth to keep it looking as though it is brand new each year.
Here are 5 tips on how to care for your tablecloth:
- Don’t Let Stains Sit Too Long: You can often remove minor stains with some grease-fighting dish soap and a soft brush. If this doesn’t work, bring your table cloth to a drycleaner as soon as possible and inform the customer service representative of how you pre-treated the stain.
- Wash: If the tablecloth is stain-free and only needs to be washed, follow the care instructions and use your washing machine for maintenance cleaning. Set the machine to warm, place the tablecloth in when the tank is halfway full. Added Tip: Using household detergents, such as bleach, directly on the tablecloth can cause more problems. Be sure to wash your tablecloth with warm water and a mild detergent. Oil, grease, and candle wax stains will not wash out, so consult a professional for proper stain removal.
- Dry: After the stain-free table cloth is washed, refrain from using your machine for drying. Place it on a flat surface or hang it outside to air dry.
- Starch & Press: Once you have cleaned and dried your table cloth and it’s done for the season, we highly recommend starching and pressing it before you store it. You can do this process at home by adding starch to the machine during the rinse cycle and using an old-fashioned iron. Anton’s Cleaners makes the process very easy by starching and pressing for you.
- Store: Once the tablecloth is properly pressed, you can store the tablecloth. Make sure it’s folded nice and neat and then store it in your linen closet. When storing your linens you want to make sure that you are using a location that is well ventilated and avoid using such things as cedar chests, cardboard boxes, and plastic bags
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