Best care for your clothes
Shoes…keep them looking
Always keep them shined and conditioned.
This is not just for looks, but also, to keep them clean
Always put cedar shoe trees in your shoes after you
have worn them. This will help them keep their shape
and take out the moisture and the odor.
Try to rotate your shoes, so that you don’t wear
them two days in a row. This will give the cedar shoe
trees longer to eliminate the moisture.
Dress Shirts and Sport Shirts
Buy them big enough so they don’t blow out in
the elbows or the back or stretch out around the collar.
Have enough dress shirts, so you don’t have to
wear them twice in a week. Having enough to rotate will
help them all last longer.
If you use starch, try “no starch” at least
every third washing. There is enough starch from one
or two times to last you several more times without
it. This should help your shirts last longer.
Have the collars and cuffs hand pressed the first time
you take them to the cleaners. This should help them
look better and make them less likely to have those
unsightly wrinkles with future cleanings.
Suits, Sport Coats, and Slacks
Don’t over clean! Suits and sports coats should
only be cleaned a couple of times a year, unless you
really mess them up. The heat and the chemicals take
their toll on the fabrics and the construction of the
garments. It is best to air them out when necessary
and to have them pressed when necessary. Most good suits
will hang out beautifully after a few days, without
any pressing. Slacks may need cleaning more often, but
the same results apply. If you clean suit pants without
cleaning the jacket, you may change the feel of the
pant fabric and even the color.
Take good care of your clothes and always hang them
up after you wear them. This will help you avoid unnecessary
cleaning and pressing.
Buy them big enough or have them let out if they are
too tight, so you don’t put any unnecessary stress
on the seams.
Follow the care instructions.
Mercerized cotton knit shirts seem to hold their shape
and their color better when they are dry-cleaned.
The dryer can be the downfall of knits, especially if
it is too hot or the knits stay in too long. Line dry
or lay flat to dry, whenever possible.