Watch out for the dryer!

The washer and dryer have made getting clothes clean (especially with kids) a lot easier, but the dryer can be very harsh on clothes.  Here’s a word of warning about putting all your clothes in the dryer:

If you have garments that are machine washable that you really love, hang them to dry or have them dry cleaned.  The heat of the dryer can break down some fabrics and they won’t last as long.  Also pieces like sweaters and blouses, can shrink down in the washer.  You can however, easily block them to bring them back into shape and let them air dry.

So, what’s blocking?  Blocking is when you gently stretch a garment back into the shape it started in.  Some people take measurements of the item before they wash it so they can get it back to the same dimensions.  If you don’t have that much time, you can just lay it on a flat surface once it comes out of the washer and gently pull in both length and width wise until it is the shape you want it in.   Cotton does this very easily and if you stretch it too far, you can wet the fabric a little and try again.  Many modern synthetic fabrics such as nylon and acetate however don’t go back to their original shape once you pull them.  Be very careful when you are stretching those.  Also make sure to read the label carefully before you wash anything.   Cotton forgives, synthetics don’t.  Your dry cleaner can also take care of these items and make sure they stay looking like new!


Wonderful White Wedding Dresses!

They are gorgeous, lacy, beaded and covered with trim, but there are some things to look out for when shopping for a wedding dress.  These are also more things that you should know when shopping for fancy dresses in general.

Watch this video!


Have your best princess moment

Evening dresses can be beautiful with all the beading, sequins, and details on them, but do you know what to look for when shopping for them so that the dress will actually last?

Watch this video to learn what will stand the test of time so you can always look good!

Sun, Sand, Summer, and Sunscreen

Stains from Sunscreens & Suntan Lotions

Don’t forget to wear sunscreen at the beach!

With the arrival of hot, sunny days comes the need for sunscreens and suntan lotions. While most of us use these products to help protect our skin from the sun, others use them to enhance their skin tone.

Unfortunately, the components found in most sunscreens and suntan lotions can stain fabrics. Most of these skin care products contain oils to make them moisture-resistant. They may also contain dyes to give them a certain color or to allow the skin to darken.

Initially, stains caused by these products may be invisible, but age and/or the heating of cleaning may cause them to become more apparent.

To prevent these stains, follow the directions provided by the manufacturer. The general rule of thumb is to allow the sunscreen to dry before it contacts a garment. Also wash your hands before handling garments to avoid possible staining. However, it is important to note that despite these precautions, some residue may still transfer to clothing through perspiration.

The oil component of these lotions may not be easily removed in normal washing or drycleaning procedures, but appropriate stain removal techniques can be successful. For this reason, please let us know if sunscreens or tanning lotions may have contacted any of your garments. This additional information will make us both happier when you come to pick up your order!

Source:  Great Impressions Clothing Care Tips and More Newsletter

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More About Buttons

Now that you know some of the basics about shirt buttons, lets talk about fancy buttons!

Watch it here!

All About Buttons

The first video in our series about taking care of the buttons on your clothing.

The Story of Frugal Francine

Frugal Francine was always looking for ways to save money. She invested in her wardrobe, knowing the value of good design and good designers, but when it came to taking care of her fashionable frocks, Francine figured she would do it on her own.

But that strategy turned tragic and expensive for Francine.  Here’s what happened and how you can avoid her mistakes:

The care label on her new silk blouse said dryclean only, but Francine had heard that silks are washable, so she carefully soaked it in the basin with a gentle hand-washing soap. It was ruined.
Read the care label carefully on all garments. Unless the label on a silk garment specifically says that it is washable, don’t douse it at home. If dye bleeds on the shirt because you failed to follow the care label instructions, you’ll get soaked – not the manufacturer.

Francine planned ahead for the big meeting with her new boss. Her rayon suit was wrinkled so she hung it up in the bathroom the night before and sprayed it with a plant mister. Then she figured she’d just let the steam do the rest when she showered the next morning. (It looked horrible.)
Many rayon garments contain dyes and sizing that are sensitive to water and heavy steam. If these items get wet they can be permanently stained or lose their shape. Spritzing these clothes with water can leave permanent stains. Your drycleaner may be able to repair the damage – but there’s no guarantee.

Francine was at her best friend’s house for dinner when she dripped some salad oil on her dress. Quickly she went into the bathroom and rubbed the area with cleaning solvent her friend had on hand. The damage was done!
Never rub a stain. Instead, blot the area carefully – and make sure you test the fabric before using any type of stain removal substance.

Friday afternoon Francine was hurrying to go out and she spilled nail polish on her new linen-blend pants. She knew that stains should be attacked right away so she immediately applied nail polish remover with acetone to the spot. (It removed the spot – and a piece of the garment as well.)
Acetone, an ingredient in some brands of nail polish, dissolves acetate. Before trying to remove a stain in this manner, test for fiber content. Or use amyl acetate (banana oil) or fingernail polish remover that does not contain acetone and is safe for all fabrics.

It was hot and muggy on the walk home and Francine checked her blouse for perspiration stains. Seeing none, she threw the garment into the hamper for next week’s wash. Francine was horrified to discover a few days later that permanent brown stains had come to light under each arm.
Perspiration, like many other stains, doesn’t appear right away. All you have to notice at first is a damp area that dries, leaving an invisible stain that will darken with time.

Source:  Great Impressions Clothing Care Tips and More Newsletter

14700 Sweitzer Lane, Laurel, Maryland 20707