hand wash anything delicate and lay them flat to dry. For oil stains, immediately put on baby powder or any talc on the oil spot. The powder will soak up the oil and it will wash right off when you do your next load of laundry. Long-term investment: a good steamer.posted over 8 years ago
Thanks Jade! What brand of steamer do you use? I’ve been looking for one myself.posted over 8 years ago
Buy a great professional steamer from www.acmedisplay.com I have one I bought for the price of a good board and iron—around 100$. YOu can whip that puppy out faster then an ironing board I tell ya….and it freshens clothes too.
If you iron delicates, us a “press cloth”. any white non textured dish towel will do. It will keep the fabric safe from the heat of the iron.
As far as caring for clothing. Treat it gently. Use cold water. Unscented detergents.
Here’s what else I tell all my customers:
Denim: Inside out. Cold Wash. Hang Dry. Elastin/ lycra lose their stretch properties in the heat of the dryer. Thus baggy butt happens. You can toss them in after they’ve dried to get some of the wrinkles out.
Stains: If you notice it immediately and cannot wash…blot-
don’t rub-with cold water. This does help keep the stain from setting.
Lingerie bags for all your delicate shirts.
Air out your clothes instead of constantly dry cleaning. When you come home hang it inside out and allow itself to air for a day or so. See steamer reference above.
Clean your winter coats at the end of the season. Do not store dirty.
Invest in a suit brush for your clothes. ONe of those things found at a Men’s suit shop. & take it with you when you travel. Saves so much dry cleaning costs.
The steamer that I recently bought was a Rowenta Commercial Garment Steamer from Bed Bath and Beyond. It costs $149.99, but with your 20% coupon (those big coupons you get in the mail), + tax, you’ll probably pay about $130. I really like it. It puts out 2.5 hrs of steam and it takes 90 sec to start it up.
The cheaper one (Conair, $69.99), the water tank is made of this cheap-looking plastic that looks like it would break if you dropped it on the floor. Very poorly constructed, that Conair product.
when in doubt, hang it out (to dry, as opposed to putting it in the dryer) this saves colored and white clothes alike from balling and keeps the fabrics from having a washed out look.posted about 8 years ago
I’m interested in a steamer as well. However, I’d mostly use it to get the wrinkles out. Does anyone know of a cheap option?posted almost 6 years ago
my grandmother literally can remove EVERY stain, it’s amazing, I don’t know how she does it :oposted almost 6 years ago
if its a really NICE item , i wear it, and take it right off when done with use.posted almost 6 years ago
I’ve made the mistake of putting too many things in the dryer recently. I’m going to be hanging things and lying them flat a LOT more often now. No more stupidly shrunken dresses for me. I know short is in, but I’d glad I discovered what’s doing this to my wardrobe!posted almost 6 years ago
NEVER HANG KNITS!
Because of the weight hanging down, the hangers leave stretchy bits in the shoulders. So when you put it on, you’ll have these little wings sticking out it’s annoying.
Also, don’t go crazy with the washing. If it’s not dirty or doesn’t smell bad, don’t wash it. That’s my rule. I often ask my friends “HEY DO I SMELL BAD?” (we’re a honest bunch so we can take it from each other haha) and no one would ever notice that I only wash most of my clothes after 3 or 4 days.
(But! I don’t live the active life so I don’t get sweaty haha.)