March 6th, 2018 by Jennifer Beile Preserve Your Wardrobe: 5 Tips For Clothing Care
Taking care of your wardrobe will not only save you money in the long run, it will also keep your clothes and accessories looking new and clean for the duration you wear them. These tips are a great way to get the most out of your wardrobe, and they’ll help you out when you do decide to part ways with your used clothes and accessories; you’ll have more luck selling to Crossroads for cash or new clothes!
Check out five simple tips for preserving your wardrobe below!
1. Find a Tailor
It may seem counterintuitive to spend money to save money, but tailoring your investment pieces to fit you perfectly will keep you from tugging and rearranging the fabric all day. Plus, you’re more likely to wear and keep an item longer if it fits properly.
2. Learn Basic Sewing Techniques
Being able to mend simple tears or re-secure a loose button on your favorite pieces of clothing will help restore them. Fix a small problem yourself to prevent it from becoming too big to repair on your own.
3. Launder Carefully
Be sure to read and follow the care instructions on the labels of your clothing before you throw them in the washer and dryer. There is a reason different fabrics have different instructions. Additionally, not every piece of clothing needs to be washed after each wear. For example, steaming a blouse will remove wrinkles and refresh the fabric.
4. Store Clothes Properly
Knowing when to hang versus fold your clothing will help prevent stretching and wrinkling. Fold t-shirts, thicker fabric bottoms, and sweaters to keep their shape. Hang blouses, trousers, dresses, and heavier tops (like leather jackets and blazers). If you store out-of-season clothing, be sure to keep it in a cool, dry place and use moth balls or lavender.
5. Remove Scuff Marks from Shoes
You probably already have a few of the household products that will remove scuff marks from a variety of shoe fabrics, from canvas to leather. Mix equal parts water and baking soda, nail polish remover, or even toothpaste, dip a cotton ball into your cleaning solution, and use a circular motion to gently rub off scuff marks.