If you’ve noticed your clothing wearing out quickly, it’s probably not because your clothing is cheaply made (although that could be contributing to the problem). Many people don’t realize just how hard washers and dryers are on their clothing.…Continue Reading
Useful Tips on Laundry Services
With over 40 years in business, Bonnie Brite Cleaners knows a thing or two about fabric care. We pride ourselves in helping to keep your wardrobe looking it’s best. Here’s some useful information to help you to get the most out of your clothing.
- REPAIRS – Make repairs when small issues arise. Whether a hem starts to fall, a seam starts to open or a zipper begins to stick, taking care of the problem when you first notice it is usually a quicker and less expensive fix than waiting until the damage worsens. It also helps to prevent additional damage or stress to the garment.
- WRINKLES – Give your clothing a little breathing room and don’t crowd your closets if you can help it. This helps to keep your daily wardrobe wrinkle-free.
- CLEAN GARMENTS LAST LONGER – Cleaning your clothes after each use removes body oils and perspiration that when left to linger too long or too often can weaken or discolor a garment as well as cause an unpleasant odor over time. Cleaning your garments after each use helps to maximize its useful life span.
- CLEAN QUICKLY AFTER USE – Spots or stains that are allowed to remain without treatment may oxidize and set, making them more difficult if not impossible to remove due to underlying damage that can occur to the material as a result.
- IRONING WITHOUT CLEANING – Avoid ironing your clothes if soiled. Sometimes you can get a second use out of a garment but keep in mind when freshening it up that heat will help to set stains and drive them deeper into fabric making removal more difficult or impossible. If you are in a jam, lightly steam garment without direct pressure on the fabric from the iron, hand-flatten instead.
- STORAGE – Storing your seasonal garments is fine and it helps to free up closet space for the items you are using. A few rules to follow will help your clothes come out of storage in good shape. First, clean your clothing before storage, especially wool items. Soils from perspiration, body oil, food stains and others all pose issues from attracting insects to yellowing or permanently staining garments to weakening fabrics so it is always best to clean your clothes before storage. We prefer to use cardboard boxes for short term seasonal storage because they breathe better than plastic containers but either one is fine and sometimes plastic is more versatile depending on your storage space. Whichever container you choose, keeping them in a dark, relatively cool, dry location is important. Remember, seasonal changes create changes conditions within the storage containers so it is important to rotate your storage seasonally to adjust for the changing conditions. The longer the storage, the more important it becomes to maintain climatic conditions and check on your items.
- MOTHBALLS – Not a bad idea to prevent insect damage but if you don’t like the smell, try using cedar blocks instead. They smell nicer and work just as well if not better.
- SWEATER STORAGE – Keep sweaters folded and on shelves or in draws to avoid stretching and distorting the shape, especially at the shoulders.