Biggest Clothing Care Mishaps: Don’t Commit Them

In a perfect world, our clothes would always be in tip-top shape, ready to be worn and enjoyed at a moment’s notice. However, there are several common mistakes that can get in the way of that. Let’s take a look at a few:

One easy blunder is allowing too much time to pass before cleaning. If you wear your nicest, most expensive outfit for a night out on the town, it should be dropped off at the dry cleaner as soon as possible. It doesn’t matter if you didn’t spill anything on it; it’s been worn. Therefore, there could be dirt, dust, sweat, dead skin or even deodorant marks that you can miss. The longer it sits, the tougher it is to clean. Time is the enemy when it comes to soils and stains.

A second mistake is to clean clothing infrequently. With a favorite dress shirt or top, as long as they still smell fresh, we might keep wearing them over and over. Although the garment still smells okay, don’t assume it isn’t soiled. Things like deodorant and perfume can actually cause stains to set in between uses. Our favorite garments won’t be around for long unless we clean them regularly, which is why it’s important to clean or launder them as often as necessary.

Finally, in the face of clothing mishaps, don’t attempt stain removal on your own. Contact your dry cleaner right away to see if there’s any form of emergency service available for your piece of clothing, then bring the garment in as soon as possible. Be specific about the type of stain. That’s the best way to ensure that your precious pieces of clothing will remain looking like new.