First of all make sure you have a family initial that you can use to identify all your clothes. Use a Laundry marker pen and mark that initial on your garment in a place that is not seen on the outer side, yet easily findable by your Launderer. (Eg: If your name is Jackie Chan, keep the initial as ‘JKC’ – 3 letters best)
The moment you have a doubt in cleaning a Garment, give it to a professional Launderer / Dry Cleaner.
If you have already tried removing a stain yourself and it spoils the garment, don’t expect it to come back to its original condition.
Please remember, the Launderer or Dry Cleaner is human and not God. Hence do not expect miracles to happen to your clothes. If it is old or weak, it will tear. If it is stained, it will fade. If the colour is not fast, it will run.
Always show your laundry any specific stain or damage that may be there while giving it to them, thereby you help them treat it & fix the issue.
Please read all the terms and conditions of your Laundry / Dry Cleaner carefully.
Just as we would apply an anti-septic cream to a bruise on our hand as First Aid, we need to do the same to our clothes when they ‘Get Hurt’, meaning stained or damaged.
Treating a stain as soon as it happens, in the right method, has already solved half your problems.
Stains caused by most natural material can be initially treated with water (Not Hot Water) and few squirts of washing liquid / detergent. For eg:
Fruit & Vegetable Juice or Stain – Immerse in cold water
Ketchup or other sauces – Rinse under running water
Blood – Dip in cold water & gently rub with finger
Red Wine – Drop Salt on the stain and then soak in water
Grass & Mud – Soak in warm water
Hair Dye – Immediately soak in cold water & rub stain with sponge
Stains caused by synthetic or unnatural material need a little different treatment. Most often a solvent or best rush it to a professional Dry Cleaner.
Nain Polish – Apply a colourless nail polish remover on the reverse side of the fabric
Ball point Ink – Spray an alcohol based hairspray / body spray from the reverse side of the fabric
Chewing Gum – Put Ice or place garment in Freezer. Chewing gum will peel off from fabric when frozen
After this first line of treatment has been given, make sure you give it to a professional to make sure the entire stain is removed. But remember, the professional cleaners is not God, hence, don’t expect miracles to happen to your garments.
Sweaters and delicate knits should never be hung on a hanger since they will start sagging. They should always be folded.
It’s not always good to store the clothes in the garment bags that your Laundry gives it to you in. Since the moisture buildup can cause harm to the clothes, it better to keep them in a cool & dry storage place. If you still want to keep it in the plastic bags, make sure you make holes on the bag for better airflow.
Avoid tightly packing clothes together in your cupboard – Let your clothes breathe.
Always make sure you wash / dry-clean your seasonal or special clothes before storing them away for months.