Eight Tips to Care for Your Clothes and Jewelry
By Sarah Smith
“May be dry cleaned,” “Low iron as needed,” “Hand wash cold separately,” “Do not wring or twist.” These should all be phrases you may recognize as warnings on a shirt’s tag. Depending on whether something is “100 percent rayon” or “100 percent cotton,” there are certain ways to treat your clothing and accessories to ensure that they stay as good as new.
Polish to Shine Your Silver
To preserve jewelry, polish it with a smooth cloth. Never use tissue paper or rough materials. When cleaning, rubbing alcohol and warm water works well. Beware of pools and hot tubs because they will do harm to your silver and gold.
Guard Your Gems
To prevent tangled chains, try hanging necklaces in a jewelry box or laying them out neatly unclasped. Generally, putting jewelry back in its original bag is a smart idea. This will prevent unwanted scratching and damage, while keeping your piece separate from others.
Investing in leather cleaner is a must in order to successfully maintain a handbag or a pair of boots. Make sure to tend to your bag or boots as soon as you notice dirt.
Spills, Spots and Stains
If you spill on your clothing, dab water or seltzer on the spot right after. Refrain from rubbing, as this will create a larger spot which will be deeper-set in the fabric. Immediate care will guarantee that the spot will come out later when you wash or dry clean the article of clothing.
Bring Back the Clothesline
While dryers are convenient and quick at their job, ultimately they cause clothing to fade faster and shrink. Leaving your clothes hanging out to dry not only saves the energy a dryer uses but is also an environmental friendly way to dry them.
Nice n’ Easy
Delicates should be handled gently. Follow the instructions on the tag in order to ensure that fragile clothing stays nice.
Hang On to Those Spares!
Designers give you spares for a reason! Even well sewn-on beads, sequins and other embellishments can be torn off or come off with time. It is always important to hold onto extras…you never know when you will need them!
Stop, Drop and Roll
Folding often leaves unwanted creases in clothing. By rolling fabrics, you rid it of wrinkles and folds. This can also allow for more clothing to fit in one space, such as a shelf or drawer. Next time you are packing fabrics that wrinkle easily, remember this tip!