How to Keep Your Summer Whites, White

August 31, 2011 4:00 pm

  1. Store your white garments away from the light – During the manufacturing process, fabrics are bleached and treated with brighteners or fluorescent dyes to create the optical illusion of whiteness. Long exposures to light can break down these fluorescent dyes, causing areas to be discolored or stained. Unfortunately, this is an irreversible problem.
  2. Never let a stain set or oxidize – The last thing you want to do is let you white garment get very dirty and allow the stains to set. These conditions make it extremely difficult for us to restore it to its original state. Because of the delicacy of the white dyes, it is important to bring your untouched, untreated, stained whites into us as soon as possible. Anton’s will handle your items with the proper professional care that they deserve.
  3. Store your white items separately – Did you know that storing your whites closely with dark garments, can lead to your white garments to become stained without leaving the closet? This natural process, know as sublimation, is where nitrogen gas causes dark dyes to lift and redeposit on light garments, creating stains.
  4. Always take the plastic off – You’ve done the right thing by having your whites professionally cleaned, but please take off plastic covering before storing them away! Plastic bags will trap the humidity and gases around the garment, causing them to yellow. We certainly don’t want that!