Garment Care Tips2018-06-08T15:46:00+00:00

How to Care for
Your Favourite Coat

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How to Help Keep
Your Wedding Gown
as Vibrant as the Day
You Wore it

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How to Care for
Your Suit

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Here are a few simple tips on how to properly care for your favourite coat:

  1. When cleaning your coat, follow the care label for the manufacturer’s instructions
  2. Be sure to immediately treat any stains by blotting the stain (never rub the stain). The longer dirt or stains sit on the fabric of your coat, the more difficult it will be to remove
  3. If you regularly wear perfume or hair spray, be sure to apply before putting on your coat, as these products may be harmful and stain the coat
  4. To prevent staining on the collar from make-up and natural oils in your hair and skin, wear a scarf
  5. Avoid carrying shoulder bags that are heavy or dyed. Heavy bags can wear on the coat and dyes may leave visible stains
  6. To help maintain its shape, hang your coat on a well-padded or sturdy wooden hanger
  7. When checking your coat at an event, turn it inside out for hanging. This way, if anything spills or rubs off on your coat, the lining will bear the stain rather than the exterior
  8. If your coat gets wet, hang it in a well-ventilated area to let it air dry
  9. When taking your coat to a dry cleaner, point out any dirt and oil stains you have noticed on the on the collar or cuffs

If you have a coat that needs professional cleaning please visit any of our outlets.

Despite everything associated with planning your wedding, it is important to take preliminary steps to ensure your gown is cared for properly both before and after the big day.

Here are a few tips on how to keep your dress looking its best:

Before the Wedding:

  1. If the bodice of the dress is stuffed with cardboard and tissue, keep the tissue in place until just before you’re ready to wear it, this will help prevent wrinkling
  2. When hanging your wedding gown, make sure to hang it by the loops inside the gown which are connected to sturdy side seams. This will help prevent the stretching or sagging that can be caused by hanging a gown by fragile shoulder seams
  3. Don’t store your dress in a plastic bag, vacuum sealed bag, or plastic wrapped container. The plastic emits fumes that could yellow your gown and trap in moisture and mildew

After the Wedding:

  1. Take your gown to be preserved by a professional cleaner as soon as possible after the wedding. This will help prevent stains from becoming permanent. You can contact Karen, at info@bridalgowncleaning.biz, with any questions about preserving your wedding gown at Bridal Gown Cleaning.
  2. If you know the origin of any stains, be sure to alert your dry cleaner
  3. Never store your bridal gown in the attic or basement where there are extreme changes in temperature or humidity

Suits are a wardrobe staple for both men and women. When it comes to buying a suit, you generally invest in something of good quality because you plan on wearing it for years to come. A well cared for suit can last for several years, looking as good as it did the day you bought it.

Here are a few tips that can help extend the life of your suit:

  1. Make space in your wardrobe to allow your suit jackets to hang nicely without creasing
  2. 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
  3. Refrain from forcefully rubbing on stains or dirt, as this could embed it into the fabric
  4. Don’t overload your pockets, it will strain the seams
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. If the weather is rainy or humid, wait 24 hours before hanging your suit in the closet. This will help dry up any moisture
  8. To ensure color consistency, clean all the pieces of your suit at the same time
  9. 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

Do’s and Don’ts

The objective of fabricare is to clean and restore garments to a condition so they look new. The Fabricare processes can be divided into two basic steps soil removal and finishing. Soil removal generally is accomplished by immersing the soiled textile item in water or a solvent to dissolve or flush-out the soils present. Some type of mechanical action and a detergent aid in the removal of the soils. Cleaning with solvents generally is referred to as drycleaning, while cleaning with water is referred to as laundering or wetcleaning. The term laundering is used to describe machine washing in either domestic or commercial applications. Wetcleaning generally refers to hand washing of garments in a professional cleaning facility.

Do’s

Save the hanging tags that come with garments you buy. Show them to your drycleaner and take note of instructions that have to do with home care. Brush your clothes regularly and thoroughly.

Dry rain-soaked or damp garments thoroughly in a cool, well ventilated place before hanging in a closet.

Have garments drycleaned regularly. Even nominal accumulation of perspiration, grease, grit and dust particles impair the attractiveness and longevity of a garment. Garments cleaned regularly last longer.

Take stained garments to the drycleaner immediately. Exposure to air, heat and light sets stains and can make their removal impossible.

When a garment has been stained, tell your drycleaner about the staining substance; it is important for successful stain removal.

Dont’s

Press a garment if it’s stained. The heat of pressing will set the stain in the fabric and possibly make it’s removal impossible.

Hang knitted garments. Hanging stretches them out of shape and causes a sagging hemline. Knits are best stored in a drawer or folded over a padded hanger.

Use untested (or even tested) home stain removers. They can aggravate the condition of the fabric or may create permanent damage like colour loss. Take the garment to one of our locations for professional stain removal and cleaning.

Use nail polish remover to remove nail polish stains. This may damage the garment’s dye. If the garment is an acetate, nail polish remover can create a hole in the fabric.

Store garments at home without having them cleaned and moth-proofed before storage. Be sure that the storage boxes or cedar chests used are kept in a cool dry place.