1. Time is Crucial When It Comes to Stains
We’ve all spilled something on our favorite piece of clothing and rushed to try and get the stain out, only to end up leaving it until laundry day (whenever that comes). The thing about stains is that you need to get your stain taken care of sooner than later. The longer you wait to handle your stained clothing, the smaller the chance you or a professional can remove it. So the next time you spill some barbecue sauce on your favorite shirt, make sure to get it taken care of ASAP.
2. Let Professionals Clean Your Household Items
Forget dragging your comforter down to your local laundromat and stuffing it into a machine. Let the same people that care for your clothes take care of your household furnishings. From draperies to comforters and bedspreads, nearly all dry cleaners can handle your household items with the same attention to quality and care that your clothes receive.
3. Protect Your Favorite Clothes from Sweat
Most damage in the underarm area is directly related to consumer use. Perspiration, if allowed to stay in a shirt will eventually stain and weaken the fabric. Aluminum chlorides, a key ingredient found in antiperspirants, also weaken the area under the arms. Frequent laundering after wear may minimize this type of damage.
4. Don’t Press a Stained Item
This is kind of a no-brainer. Pressing a stained item causes the stain to become a permanent design on the article of clothing due to the heat produced by the iron.
5. Let Any Lotions, Perfumes, and Antiperspirants Dry Before Getting Dressed
You know that shirt that got ruined with underarm stains? It’s due to the deodorant that you’re wearing. You don’t have to stop using your favorite lotion or antiperspirant, but just make sure that you’re applying them and letting them dry prior to putting on your clothes. That way you won’t transfer any onto your clothes, which can ultimately lead to discoloration.
6. Clean Garments and Remove Stains Prior to Storage
If you’re like the thousands of other people that store their seasonal clothing, make sure that you’re only storing cleaned and treated clothing so that you minimize the amount of damage that the item receives while in storage. Untreated stains can lead to discoloration or aging of your clothing. So, let your
7. Store Your Clothes Away from Direct Sunlight
Sunlight can cause your clothes to fade, which is mostly notable in your darker clothing. It’s best to keep all of your clothing stored in an area that doesn’t have direct sunlight. Not all closets are windowless, so make sure that your clothes aren’t being hit by direct sunlight on a daily basis. If you still want some natural light coming through your closet window, you can easily add some window film or tint, which you can find at most local home improvement stores.