Summer Weather Garment Care: Sunscreen, Lotions, & Insect Repellents

July 18, 2017
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We know professional cleaning of your dressy items such as suits, business shirts and blouses help you have a clean, crisp, image but giving your warm weather wear the VIP attention is also important if you want to maintain the quality of your summer garments.  The many products we use in the summer months can cause long term damage. You can minimize the damage with these tips and trust a professional to remove product residue and stains to keep your items in “like new” & ready to wear condition all summer.

Antiperspirant:  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 causing holes if not cleaned properly.  Allow antiperspirant/deodorant to dry before dressing. Soiled garments should be washed or dry cleaned as soon as possible.

Sunblock and Suntan Lotions:  Dyes and oils in suntan/sunblock lotions can stain clothing. Allow the lotions to dry before dressing, and wash your hands before handling clothes since this color loss or change may not appear until after you clean your clothes. If you get lotion on garments, bring them to a professional and point out the spots before cleaning.

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

Self-Tanning Lotions:  Light tan, brown, or yellow staining on the cuffs, collar fold, and neckband, and upper button areas, are typical. Follow instructions carefully, washing your hands immediately and allow your skin time to dry before dressing.  If the product gets on your clothes, trust a professional to remove the product as soon as possible, as these stains can be difficult to remove.

Insect Repellents:  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. Read the label carefully, especially if applying directly to clothing.

 

Once again we were happy to include our above tips in KIT MAGAZINE‘s July/August Issue.

Pick one up free at any of our 20 locations or view the issue online here.