9 Tips to extend the life of your clothing

We know how much your clothing means to you.  And we want you to be able to wear those special garments over and over again.  At some point in time, even the best made pieces will begin to pill or deteriorate.  That's why we wanted to give you 9 tips and tricks to extend the life of your clothing: 

  1. Even minimally worn items should be professionally cleaned before seasonal storage.  Bacteria can grow on garments that have not been cleaned and can attract hungry larvae (think moths and silverfish, yuck).
  2. Bring stained items in for cleaning as soon as possible.  Permanent fabric bonding can occur after a few days which sets the stain.  Once a stain is set, there is no guarantee it can be professionally removed.
  3. Beware of "invisible stains."  When clothes have been exposed to perspiration, perfume, alcohol, soda or sugar from food or drinks, they should be cleaned right away.  Invisible stains will dry clear but if hung back up without a proper cleaning, they will set and eventually re-appear as bleached and darkened splotches.  This can happen even after being cleaned.
  4. Cigarette smoke lingers in fabrics and can cause yellow discoloring if not cleaned.
  5. Never try to remove a spot from a tie or pocket square.  Because they are cut on the bias, even a small amount of rubbing will cause them to twist and stretch out of shape.
  6. Apply cologne and perfume and let it completely dry before getting dressed to prevent your garments from being "bleached" by the alcohol they contain.
  7. Wearing a scarf under a leather jacket, or any jacket for that matter, prevents soils and oils from creating a shiny, slick sheen around the neck.
  8. Folding sweaters and rolling linens helps them last longer.  Knits  will stretch and fray on the hanger especially at the shoulders.  Hanging or folding linens will create permanent creases and wrinkles.
  9. Clothes will look newer, longer when stored away from natural light, in a cool, dry place.  Extreme temperatures will attract insects and hurt fibers.  Avoid mothballs and try cedar and lavender instead.

We know your clothes are important to you, they're important to us too.  These are some of our best tips to keep your clothing in great shape for years and years.  We've been State College's premier dry cleaner for 90 years and we know our stuff.  If you have any specific questions, give us a call!

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