Our clothes keep us warm, share our sense of style, and are a necessity every day. They are also a big investment and like any other investment you’ll want to make sure they are well maintained and last. When your clothes look good you look good, so today we’ve got a few tips on how to keep all your garments looking great for a long time.

Here are some smart ways to keep your favorite clothes looking new:

Always read the garment care tag carefully

This is the most important first step.

One caveat to the chart is that many “dry clean only” garments can be professionally wet cleaned. Wet cleaning is easier on your garments, uses less water, and doesn’t use harsh chemicals. Here at Fashion Cleaners we use both dry and wet cleaning, using only non-toxic cleaning solutions. These solutions are gentler on your clothing and because they are derived from natural products like corn or sand, they are completely safe for the environment. Use the chart below to help you understand what each of the symbols on the care label represent.

Clothing Care Label

Replace lost buttons

When you loose a button or a button is loose on your garment replace it as soon as possible. You can easily do this yourself with a needle and thread. Keep a small sewing kit handy in your closet or dresser drawer so you are always prepared. For trickier buttons, like those on jeans, bring them to a seamstress or tailor or drop them off with your cleaning and our seamstress can replace them for you. Here at Fashion Cleaners, we replace all missing buttons on shirts when we clean them.

Repair holes in sweaters

If you find a hole in a sweater, do not pull the loose yarn or try to break it off with your hands. You’ll end up making it worse.

Holes in sweaters can be fixed but it takes some work. Martha Stewart says, “Instead, use a large blunt needle to gently work it back into its proper place in the fabric. Turn garment inside out. If pulled thread has caused fabric to bunch, gently stretch it back into shape. (Some of the yarn will go back into place.) Use a large blunt needle to tease thread back into position: Pull thread through to the next stitch and then the next, dispersing excess along the row. Repeat on other side of snag.”

Seems too complicated? Fashion Cleaners has alterations specialists that can help.

Professionally clean your garments

It’s crucial to clean your clothes before storing them for the season so stains, food, and other issues aren’t compounded over time. Caring for wool garments doesn’t seem to be a spring cleaning task but the steps you take now can make all the difference in what you find when you bring out your things next fall: wonderful woolens, or ones peppered with holes.

When sweaters are dry cleaned we fold them using acid-free tissue so you can store them flat in your closet which will help prevent wrinkles. Make sure to ask about a tissue paper pack when you drop off your garments and tell us that you’re storing garments for the season. If space is an issue, or you would just rather not worry about storing garments, keep in mind Fashion Cleaners will store your seasonal garments for no additional cost to you.

Remove items from plastic

When you bring your freshly cleaned garments home in plastic, make sure to remove the bags before placing your clothes in your closet for storage. The bag can break down over time and trap moisture. All the poly used for the bags at Fashion Cleaners is biodegradable, so you don’t need to feel bad about throwing them out with the rest of your garbage each week.

Use lavender to stave off moths

Lavender is a wonderful option if you don’t like the smell or toxicity of mothballs. Mothballs are not safe for your pets. While lavender won’t kill moths or their larvae, it will repel them. Make sure to vacuum your closet using an attachment for the corners to get rid of pests.
Add sachets of lavender to closets and drawers and add lavender essential oil to refresh.
If you do use mothballs, store in your garage or out of your main living area.

You might like to read How to Make Your Sock Drawer Smell Like Heaven which is an easy-to-follow DIY for making your own sachets.

Know when to fold or hang garments

It’s important to store clothes the right way. Sweaters and t-shirts will stay in better shape and not get stretched out if you fold them. Jeans and heavy-duty fabrics are also best folded.

Fabrics like linen, rayon, stain, and silk require hanging. Dress pants should be hung using pant hangers, you can easily leave them on the same hangers which they are returned to you from us.


Tips for better laundry

  1. Zip jeans and hoodies before washing so they don’t catch on other garments
  2. Always sort your items by color to avoid bleeding and dye transfer
  3. Spot garments before washing [when in doubt, take it to a professional]
  4. Overfilling the washer and/or dryer can ruin your machine and inhibit cleaning
  5. Clean the lint trap in your dryer after each load
  6. Use a drying rack vs. the dryer when possible

When in doubt, bring your garments to Fashion Cleaners. We’ll be happy to inspect your garments and clean them properly. I hope these ideas to keep your clothes looking brand new will help you take better care of your wardrobe!


Source: Kruessler

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