With summer comes an environment that promotes perspiration and a set of seasonal products that can damage clothing. Here are some quick tips to minimize damage:
- Potential Problem: Build-up from deodorant and antiperspirant products can cause fiber damage and yellowing. It can also weaken fibers in cotton, linen, rayon, and some synthetic blends, leaving holes during cleaning.
- Clothing Care: Avoid overuse and allow antiperspirant/deodorant to dry before dressing. Soiled garments should be washed or dry cleaned as soon as possible.
Sunblock and Suntan Lotion:
- Potential Problem: Dyes and oils in these lotions can stain clothing. This color loss or change may not appear until after your clothes have already been cleaned.
- Clothing Care: Avoid staining by allowing the lotions to dry before dressing and wash your hands before handling clothes.
- Potential Problem: Chlorine in pools, spas, and hot tubs can damage spandex used in swimwear.
- Clothing Care: Rinse your suit with cold water after wearing and follow the care label’s instructions.
- Potential Problem: Self-tanners may discolor anything they touch! Light tan, brown, or yellow staining on the cuffs, color fold, neckband, and upon button areas are common.
- Clothing Care: Be sure to wash your hands immediately following application and allow your skin time to dry before dressing. If the product gets on your clothes, wash them as soon as possible – as these stains can be difficult to remove.
- Potential Problem: Insect repellents typically do not damage fibers; however, some products contain alcohol and can cause color loss or color change on fabrics, such as acetate on rayon.
- Clothing Care: Ready the label carefully, especially if applying directly to clothing
As always, Anton’s Cleaners is happy to help keep your summer wardrobe looking vibrant. Have a question about a garment or stubborn stain? Visit one of our 37 convenient locations and make sure to point out any stains at drop off.