In most areas, winter brings more rain, snow and extreme cold than any other season. And winter weather means fabrics such as wool, down, leather and cashmere. Here are some special care tips for best cleaning and care results.
Wool is a favorite winter fabric because of its superior warmth and durability. Before treating any wool garment, always first refer to the instructions on the care label. Then follow these basic suggestions:
For dry-clean-only wool fabrics, try Dryel®. Just zip it, steam it and hang it. In 30 minutes, you can care for your dry-clean-only and special-care garments for about 60 cents per garment.
Whether it's a coat, comforter or pillow, down-filled items require special care. Before treating any down garment, always first refer to the instructions on the care label. Be consistent when cleaning — stick to dry cleaning or washing each time. If washing, follow these guidelines:
1.Choose regular cycle, normal spin.
2.Start washer and add Tide.
3.Submerge items when washer is half full.
4.Balance wash load by adding towels or washing two similarly colored and sized items at the same time.
5.Stop washer occasionally to press air from items being washed.
6.Tumble dry low. Add several dry bath towels and a clean pair of tennis shoes to the dryer to help tumbling action and fluff up down filling.
For dry cleaning:
Did you know that, when used as directed, Dryel is safe for pillows and other down-filled items?
Garments made from these popular materials require extra care. Before treating any leather or suede garment, always first refer to the instructions on the care label. Then consider these general tips:
Before treating any cashmere garment, always first refer to the instructions on the care label. If you own some of this luxurious fabric, also:
1.Use lukewarm water.
2.Wash with Tide Liquid or Ivory Snow.
3.Squeeze suds gently through the garment.
4.Never rub or twist.
5.Rinse thoroughly, several times.
6.Dry naturally on flat towel — not in direct sunlight or heat.
7.Smooth out garment to original shape and size.
Storing winter items isn't always the same as in other seasons:
So, the next time you feel that slight chill, bring on your winter wear. You're ready!