Summer Weather Garment Care

We can’t think of a better way to welcome you to the new Best Care Dry Cleaners website than to kick things off with some tips for the hot summer months in Winnipeg

We lather up, jump in and enjoy during warm weather. During summer we use many products that can damage clothing. Here are some quick tips to minimize that damage.

Antiperspirant

Potential Problem: Build-up from deodorant and antiperspirant products can cause fibre damage and yellowing. Aluminum chloride can weaken fibres in cotton, linen, rayon, and some synthetic blends.  These weakened fibres can wash away during cleaning, leaving holes.
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.

Sunscreen and Suntan Lotions

Potential Problem: Dyes and oils in sunscreen 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.

Swimwear

Potential Problem: Chlorine in pools, spas, and hot tubs can damage spandex and other fabrics 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 discolour anything they touch!  Light tan, brown, or yellow staining on the cuffs, collar fold, neckband and upper button areas, are typical.
Clothing Care: Follow the instructions carefully, be sure to wash your hands immediately and allow your skin time to dry before dressing.  If the product gets on your clothes, wash or dry clean them as soon as possible, as these stains can be difficult to remove.

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

For more tips from the experts at Best Care Dry Cleaners, be sure to check back to our blog on a regular basis!

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