Most people who choose to live in New England do so because they enjoy the changing seasons. Unfortunately, winter weather conditions can be harmful to our clothing. As snow starts to fall, we often use salt as a way to keep roads, sidewalks, and driveways from icing up.
Salt is an abrasive substance, it is important to promptly care for your salt stained clothing. Salt can harm our clothing by fading color, leaving rings, and permanently staining clothing and footwear.
Salt Stains on Clothing:
The best way to get salt stains off of clothing is to treat it as soon as possible with warm water. Blot the area with a clean damp cloth. If the salt has already dried, you can also try brushing it off with a soft brush. You must be careful not to work the salt deeper into your clothes. If the fabric is delicate, or the stain does not come out, bring your clothing to a reputable dry cleaner.
Salt Stains on Leather:
It is a good idea to pretreat leather clothing and shoes that could be exposed to salt. Salt can really damage leather. Wipe off all salt with a damp, clean cloth as soon as possible, then blot dry. Suede products can also be cleaned with warm water, but should be blotted until completely dry and brushed in a circular motion with a clean soft towel.
If you don’t feel comfortable cleaning the salt off of your clothing, or are having a difficult time – bring it to one of Anton’s Cleaners 43 locations. Point out any stains to your customer service representative and we will be happy to clean the garment for you.
Looking to clean your suede UGGs but don’t know how? Anton’s Cleaners offers cleaning for your UGGs to keep them looking new all season.
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
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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.