How to Care for Your Clothes, What You need to know..?

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Taking care of your clothes will not only make them last longer, but will also make you look better. Buying new clothes is costly, and at times unnecessary, when you take care of the clothes that you already have.Clothing is an expensive investment, and taking proper care of your clothing can save you considerable money over time, not to mention the time and frustration of having to repair or replace garments unnecessarily. It is right “a stitch in time does save nine. Repair small problems right away. Sewing a few stitches to repair a tiny tear is much easier than having to sew an entire seam and less expensive than replacing the item if it becomes irreparable”. Thinking of your wardrobe as an investment will reap benefits. Taking proper care of your clothes will make them last longer and stretch your clothing budget. And just think of the time you will save not having to shop for clothes that wear out too soon.

 

Tips….;

  • First impressions are important. People judge you by your appearance. What is important, is not the cost of the clothes, but the way they look.
  • Look at yourself in the mirror, before leaving the house. If you see anything looks wrinkled, give it a once over with the iron.
  • Take care of your clothes, and they will save your money, by lasting longer.

 

 What YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT  Washing …?

  1. First you need to use ,good quality hangers that support your clothes. Flimsy wire hangers allow clothes to sag out of shape. Over time they may even cause damage to the shoulders of garments
  2. Excessive cleaning of clothing wears it out sooner.  Some garments can be worn more than once before washing or cleaning if you give them just a little care when you remove them.  Check the garment when you take it off, looking for spots, tears, lint, or anything else that would send it to the dirty clothes hamper.  Garments that appear clean and smell fresh should be hung for wearing again.  Jackets especially need to be brushed with a clothes brush paying particular attention to the shoulders and hung on a padded hanger.  You can save money on the clothes themselves, as well as on laundry products and wear and tear on your washing machine by wearing garments again that aren’t soiled.
  3. Sweaters should be folded and placed in drawers, on shelves, or in storage boxes. Be sure that wool garments, in particular, are clean when stored to deter insects that may smell a banquet on the sleeve of your sweater. It’s disheartening to pull out your favorite sweater and discover a moth hole.
  4. Don’t crowd clothes in your closet, as crowding causes wrinkles, which must then be removed. Ironing them again not only wastes your time, but also adds to the wear and tear on your clothes. Storing out of season clothes in another location makes more room in your closet so that your garments aren’t crushed.
  5. If you don’t like to wash items by hand, check labels for cleaning instructions before you purchase garments. Buy items that say machine washable. Machine washable clothing also saves on dry cleaning costs. By using a lingerie bag and cold or warm water on the gentle cycle, you can successfully machine wash some delicate items.
  6. Treat spots and stains as soon as possible. If you take the article to a dry cleaner, point out any spots so that they can be given extra attention. It also helps if you can identify what caused the stain. If the garment is washable, use a spot remover that is appropriate for the type of stain and the type of fabric. Follow the instructions for stain remover products such as Spray ‘N Wash or Shout. If you’re unsure about color-fastness, test the product on an inside seam before using on the stain.
  7. Following the cleaning instructions on the garment label will save your clothes from damage.  Hot water will shrink rayon, wool, silk, and other fabrics.  It will also fade some colors.  Heat from the dryer may also shrink garments.  Clothing that has shrunk doesn’t fit properly and must be replaced.
  8. Use an adequate amount of detergent when you wash clothes, but avoid using too much. Check the rinse cycle when the washer is full of water. There should not be an excessive amount of suds in the water. By using the proper amount, you can save on the cost of detergent as well as water for a second rinse. Detergent left in clothing can irritate your skin and weakens the fibers of clothes.
  9. When you iron or press clothes, use the proper heat setting for the type of fabric. An iron that is too hot can ruin fabrics in an instant. Pressing very delicate fabrics should be done with care, and using a press cloth adds another layer of protection.
  10. Protect your clothes by wearing appropriate garments for the occasion. Don’t work on the car in a good dress shirt, for instance. Changing out of your good clothes before attempting dirty tasks will save the clothes from potential damage and will save you time and money in repairing or replacing them.
  11. The cloth can be brushed, but to remove the chalk and talc powders, it can be cleaned with the new Simonis X-1® or it can be carefully vacuumed with a non-rotating brush-head attachment that does not allow for too much suction to be formed. Some small vacuums can pick up bowling balls, but this will only stretch the cloth on the table and possibly harm the grouting of the slates as well. You should test your vacuum and brush attachment off of the table first to make certain that it is not going to damage the play surface. Less is more in this department. After all, you are trying to remove a fine powder from a smooth cloth, so don’t overdo it. The Simonis X-1®, is a new device that will allow you to keep your cloth in great playing condition and extent the cloth’s life.
  12. The cloth can also be wiped with a damp (not wet) clean towel. This should only be done after the table has been vacuumed otherwise the dampness may cause the chalk dust to clump together (think of it as adding water to dry clay). Once the dampness has evaporated, a quick brushing is all you will need before playing as moisture will cause the fibers in the cloth to stand up and a quick brushing will smooth things out.
  13. Marks left on the surface of the cloth that are usually white in color are referred to as ball burns. Simonis’ high wool content helps to reduce the appearance of these marks, and we also recommend using phenolic balls to further reduce the appearance of ball burns. Ball burns from polyester balls are actually marks left on the cloth from degradation of the surface of the ball itself. Phenolic balls are much harder and are more resistant to heat than polyester balls.