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Treat Your Clothing Well; It Will Return The Favor

Apr 9, 2008
The clothes you make and the clothes you buy will look nicer and last longer if you care for them properly and intelligently. Listed here are some suggestions for clothing care:

1. As soon as you remove garments, hang them on hangers which are properly shaped.

2. Never hang clothes in a closet while they are still wet.

3. Clothing should be hung in a dry, cool, well-ventilated place.

4. Where possible, avoid wearing the same clothes for two successive days. Allow the wrinkles to work out.

5. Brush frequently to remove dust and lint. Brush in the direction of the nap.

6. Avoid damage to your clothes through perspiration. Shields attached to underarms, astringents used where practical, will give some protection.

7. Remove stains and dirt as soon after they appear as possible. Never store an un-cleaned garment for the season.

8. Remove dust from serge with the sticky side of adhesive tape.

9. Remove dirt from suede with emery cloth.

10. Remove shine from blue serge, black silk, etc., with cheesecloth dipped in vinegar.

11. Dry raincoats by hanging immediately in a dry, cool, well-ventilated place.

12. Avoid friction points that will wear out furs and good clothes rubbing jewelry or handbags, tight joints, etc.

13. To brighten furs, shake thoroughly, but take care to avoid breaking leather.

14. Hosiery should be washed before the first wearing and after every wearing in lukewarm water and mild flakes. Keep sheer stockings in a lined box to avoid rubbing.

15. Felt hats should not be hung on a rack when wet. Brush after each wearing with a soft bristle brush.

16. Straw hats exposed to rain should be pushed out, with sweatband turned out, and allowed to dry resting on the sweatband.

17. Shoes should be kept in a cool, dry place. Polishing helps to preserve them. If dried too rapidly, shoes will shrink.

18. Before washing, sort clothes in packs which require approximately the same kind of laundering.

19. Soak clothes overnight, if possible, to loosen dirt. Do not soak unless colors are known to be fast.

20. Woolens, silks and rayons, should be washed in lukewarm water and never rinsed in cold water. A few drops of vinegar in the rinse water for silks will add luster.

21. Bathing suits should be rinsed, after each wearing, in lukewarm water and mild soapsuds. Avoid hot iron. Never pack away suit while any part is wet.

22. Foundation garments should be laundered in accordance with manufacturers' directions. Usual solution is lukewarm water and mild soapsuds. Avoid rubbing, twisting, wringing and excessive soaping.

23. Lace curtains should be measured before being washed. Avoid rubbing. Squeeze and work in suds. Dry curtains on stretchers or spread a sheet on the floor.

24. If your clothing is stained, follow the advice below.

Remove stains as soon as practical, before they get a chance to set. Follow these steps: (1) Determine, first, the cause of the stain. (2) Determine the type of fabric - particularly whether it is washable or non-washable. Consider the fiber, the color, the type of dye.

(3) Then determine the method you will use. (4) Test any chemical you plan to use on a seam or other sample of the fabric. If you plan to wash the material, remove stains before washing. Remember: Hot water will set some stains such as egg, blood or meat juice. Soapy water will set some stains like tea, coffee and the juice of most fruits.

Treat your clothes well and they will look better and last longer!
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