Many brides choose to host a Fall wedding in New England due to the changing of the leaves and comfortable climate. Despite everything associated with planning your wedding, it is important to take preliminary steps to ensure your gown is cared for properly both before and after the big day.
Here are a few tips on how to keep your dress looking its best:
Before the Wedding:
- If the bodice of the dress is stuffed with cardboard and tissue, keep the tissue in place until just before you’re ready to wear it, this will help prevent wrinkling.
- When hanging your wedding gown, make sure to hang it by the loops inside the gown which are connected to sturdy side seams. This will help prevent the stretching or sagging that can be caused by hanging a gown by fragile shoulder seams.
- Don’t store your dress in a plastic bag, vacuum sealed bag, or plastic wrapped container. The plastic emits fumes that could yellow your gown and trap in moisture and mildew.
After the Wedding:
- Take your gown to be preserved by a professional cleaner as soon as possible after the wedding. This will help prevent stains from becoming permanent. You can contact me, at firstname.lastname@example.org, with any questions about preserving your wedding gown at Anton’s Cleaners.
- If you know the origin of any stains, be sure to alert your dry cleaner.
- Never store your bridal gown in the attic or basement where there are extreme changes in temperature or humidity.
Suits are a wardrobe staple for both men and women. When it comes to buying a suit, you generally invest in something of good quality because you plan on wearing it for years to come. A well cared for suit can last for several years, looking as good as it did the day you bought it.
Here are a few tips that can help extend the life of your suit:
- Make space in your wardrobe to allow your suit jackets to hang nicely without creasing.
- Use a good wooden hanger to store your suit. A cedar wood hanger will also work as a repellant for predators, such as moths, and absorb moisture.
- Refrain from forcefully rubbing on stains or dirt, as this could embed it into the fabric.
- Don’t overload your pockets, it will strain the seams.
- To limit the amount of pull on the fabric of your suit, unbutton your jacket and slightly pull up your pants/skirt when sitting down.
- Use a clothes brush to brush the suit after wearing. This will help remove dirt and lint buildup and rejuvenate the wool, preventing it from shining.
- If the weather is rainy or humid, wait 24 hours before hanging your suit in the closet. This will help dry up any moisture.
- To ensure color consistency, clean all of the pieces of your suit at the same time.
- Be conscious of how you carry a briefcase, purse, or backpack, as the weight can cause the fabric of your suit to shine and distort the shoulder pad area
Our August coupon for comforters, bedspreads, blankets and duvet covers is one of the most popular. Sometimes we are asked to clean bedspreads, duvet covers and comforters simply because of their size and other times it’s because the care instructions read “dry clean only, ” “wet cleaning preferred” or “professional care is best.”
Whatever the reason, these ten tips will help you keep your bedding fresh and lasting longer:
- Duvet covers are a great investment. They help keep your comforter clean and safe from spills and can be easily removed for cleaning.
- When buying comforters, bedspreads or duvet covers read and keep all care instructions. Care instructions may be found on a temporary label, a hang tag, or on the packaging.
- Beware of special finishes that give off a glossy appearance. These special additives may look great when purchasing a comforter, however, can wear over time causing a chalky dulled appearance.
- If possible, make sure the bedspread has been preshrunk. Shrinkage of two or three percent can easily occur after cleaning if the fabric was not properly stabilized during manufacturing. This may cause the spread to not fit properly.
- Also, check the strength and quality of the stitching. Quilting stitches should run both vertically and horizontally with quilting lines 8 to 10 inches apart. Stitching should be strong, as loose stitching can allow the filling to shift during cleaning. Poor construction with loose stitching can allow the filling to shift during a care process.
- Bedspreads and duvet covers absorb body oil, make-up, spills, and soil from dirty hands. Many of these stains are “invisible” or hard to see, so don’t be fooled and clean your comforter once a season, or more depending upon use.
- If there is a spill, blot with an absorbent towel (don’t rub the stain!) and have the item cleaned as soon as possible. Make sure to tell the drycleaner about the stain. Time is an enemy of effective stain removal.
- Fluff your comforter when you make your bed. By providing a steady flow of air, your down will continue to loft.
- If you use a duvet cover, you may not have to clean your comforter as frequently (maybe once every 2 – 3 years). If simple shaking does not return your comforter to its original loft, it should be cleaned.
- Clean all matching or coordinating items such as shams, dust ruffles and curtains at the same time to ensure that any color or sheen loss is uniform.
Dress shirts are a staple in most wardrobes.It is important to understand how to care for them and what fabrics are the right choice for your lifestyle:
- Natural fibers such as cotton and silk breathe well and are good choices for the warmer months. Although silk is higher maintenance than cotton. The higher the percentage of cotton, the better the shirt will breathe, so, if you perspire heavily, cotton is your best choice.
- There is no right or wrong answer when it comes to starching shirts. However, there are variables on how a shirt takes on starch. The thickness and weight of the fabric will determine how much starch the shirt will hold. Poly blends do not absorb starch at the same rate as 100% cotton, therefore, you may notice a difference in stiffness depending on the type of shirt.
- Collars and cuffs are either sewn, which have a softer feel, or fused, which are stiffer. While sewn collars tend to wrinkle or crease more, fused collars shrink more and hold more soil. While your personal preference should govern, check the quality of construction at the time of purchase.
- There are several conditions that can shorten the life of shirts:
- Heavy beard or five o’clock shadow rubbing on the collar
- Use of cologne, without immediate washing and attention
- Watchbands and jewelry that fray cuffs
- Heavy and regular use of starch
- Deodorant (be sure to rinse out perspiration as soon as possible)
- Lack of rotation (shirts are meant to be worn once every two weeks)
- Wearing shirts more than once without washing (biggest reason for ring around the collar and dingy-looking shirts)