Common Sense Rules for Summertime Storage

Summertime Storage - Image courtesy of khongkitwiriyachan at FreeDigitalPhotos.netTo keep your winter fashions looking good season after season, follow these simple rules for storing your warm and woolly items:

  1. Clean or dry clean everything before storage. Dirt and food are invitations to insects.
  2. Make all necessary repairs (sew hemlines, replace buttons, and fix split seams) before cleaning and storing.
  3. Store all items in a cool, well-ventilated area.
  4. Store away from natural and artificial light. Hot attics, damp basements, and garages should be avoided.
  5. Store woolens in cedar chests or other airtight containers. Second choices for storage of woolens are cloth or canvas bags and cardboard boxes. If you store in a closet, drape a cloth sheet over your clothes to protect them from dust and light. Do not store in plastic.
  6. Pack airtight containers (other than cedar chests) with mothballs separate from the clothes, never on them.
  7. To discourage wrinkles in sweaters, fold them and wrap in white tissue paper before storing. If you hang your sweaters, fold over the cross bar to avoid shoulder stretches.
  8. Down, like all winter clothing should be cleaned (either washed or dry cleaned according to the care label) before an end of season storage. Down should be stored loosely, to allow for air circulation.
  9. Furs should be stored on a well-padded hanger in a cool dark place, ideally with a professional fur storage company or a dry cleaner like BRYAN’S Cleaners & Laundry with fur storage capacity.
  10. If you do not have proper storage space, ask us about box storage. You can get your clothes cleaned and properly stored for the season all at the same time.

Cleaning Neckties

Cleaning Ties - Image courtesy of YaiSirichai at FreeDigitalPhotos.netAs an important accessory in every gentleman’s wardrobe, neckties require the same care as any other type of apparel. Accidents will happen and it can be important to know how to care for neckties properly. Often, neckties do not require cleaning until they encounter a spill or they become soiled.

Cleaning a necktie presents challenges even to the most experienced dry cleaner. The fabric is often a multi-color print that is usually colorfast to dry cleaning but not to water. As a result, stain removal may involve carefully testing each color for colorfastness. If the dyes bleed too easily, a cleaner may choose not to attempt removal of stains that are not removed in dry cleaning.

Several layers are used to construct a necktie, and a cleaner may need to take the tie apart in order to remove a stain.

Otherwise, moisture may be retained in the thicker, interfaced areas, which may contribute to dye bleeding and migration.

Because the fabric is usually cut on the bias or diagonal grain, neckties may also be susceptible to distortion during wear and cleaning. At BRYAN’S Cleaners & Laundry, we employ a variety of special tools and techniques to return the necktie to a like-new appearance without causing distortion.

Please exercise caution when attempting home stain removal on neckties. Remember to blot the stain; do not rub. Rubbing the area while damp may break the surface yarns, resulting in localized color loss that may not become apparent until the tie is needed for an important meeting.

Serviceability and cleanability of neckties depend on the materials used in their construction. If the fabrics or dyes cannot withstand normal use or care, serviceability becomes very limited.

Summer Weather Garment Care

Boy enjoying summer - Image courtesy of Sattva at FreeDigitalPhotos.netWe lather up, jump in and enjoy during warm weather. With that come many products that can damage clothing items. Here are some quick tips to minimize that damage.

Potential Problem: Build-up from deodorant and antiperspirant products can cause fiber damage and yellowing. Blue and green on silk and wool are particularly prone. Aluminum chloride can weaken fibers in cotton, linen, rayon, and some synthetic blends, leaving holes during cleaning.
Clothing Care: Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for application. Avoid overuse and allow antiperspirant/deodorant to dry before dressing. Soiled garments should be washed or dry cleaned as soon as possible.

Sunblock and Suntan Lotions
Potential Problem: Dyes and oils in suntan/sunblock lotions can stain clothing. This color loss or change may not appear until after you clean your clothes.
Clothing Care: Avoid many stains by following the directions on the bottle, allow the lotions to dry before dressing, and wash your hands before handling clothes.

Potential Problem: Chlorine in pools, spas, and hot tubs can damage spandex used in swimwear.
Clothing Care: Rinse your suit after wearing and follow the care label’s instructions.

Self-Tanning Lotions
Potential Problem: Self-tanners may discolor anything they touch! Light tan, brown, or yellow staining on the cuffs, collar fold, and neckband, and upper button areas are typical.
Clothing Care: Follow the instructions carefully, being sure to wash your hands immediately and allow your skin time to dry before dressing. If the product gets on your clothes, wash them as soon as possible, as these stains can be difficult to remove.

Insect Repellents
Potential Problem: Repellents usually will not damage most fibers; however, some products contain alcohol and can cause color loss or color change on fabrics such as acetate and rayon.
Clothing Care: Read the label carefully, especially if applying directly to clothing.

Preserving Wedding Memories

Beautiful Bride - Image courtesy of Rob D at FreeDigitalPhotos.netYou carefully planned your wedding. Then you spent hours trying on dresses, finally finding the perfect gown. Once the day is over how do you care for your beautiful dress to either preserve it as a keepsake or perhaps to share with your daughter to wear on her wedding day? At BRYAN’S Cleaners & Laundry, we are here to help – you will need a professional’s assistance before storing this treasure.

Beware of invisible stains from food, beverages, and body oil. If these stains are not properly cleaned, they may become permanent. Therefore, it is important to point out any stains or spills to your cleaner before cleaning.

Most wedding gowns have some decorative trim. Be sure to inspect these trims with us before cleaning since many trims are not made to withstand the dry cleaning process. For example, many beads, glitter, sequins, and laces are attached to gowns with adhesives that dissolve during dry cleaning. Some beads and glitter are made of plastics or covered with surface coatings that are not solvent- resistant. In many of these cases, the trim becomes separated from the dress or altered in some way.

In some cases, decorative trims yellow as their finishes oxidize. An ivory or ecru trim may lose its color and no longer match the gown if a dye component is lost in cleaning. Color failures of this type are due to poor colorfastness of the dye, not to improper cleaning.