When summer hits, it’s time to break out a part of your wardrobe that has been in hibernation: summer dresses, rompers and jumpsuits. These clothing items only get to see the light of day during a brief window, so you’ll most likely be wearing them every chance you get.
It’s all the more reason to make sure that your high-quality seasonal clothes last until the next summer — and the way to do it is to bring them to a high-quality dry cleaner.
Don’t Let the Sweat Set
Your body keeps you cool in the summer by sweating, but all that sweat can be bad news for your summer best. It’s generally not the sweat itself that causes damage but bacteria; certain types of bacteria eat sweat compounds, causing discoloration and bad odors. There’s another culprit, too: deodorant. Some of the chemicals used in deodorant, such as aluminum, react with the compounds in sweat, which results in those telltale yellow stains. Bringing your summer dresses, rompers and jumpsuits to the dry cleaner will ensure that the bacteria doesn’t have enough time to cause any damage.
Too-Frequent At-Home Cleaning
Because of all that time spent outdoors, you may take to washing your summer clothing more frequently — but all that time in a rough at-home washing machine can take a toll on the fabrics. Constantly washing your expensive summer dresses, rompers and jumpsuits can lead to fabric deterioration, shortening the lifespan of your beloved clothing.
Dryers can take a toll as well, causing further fabric deterioration. Rompers and jumpsuits also frequently feature elastic waistbands, which can weaken in high heat. Drying clothing outside on a line is certainly eco-friendly, but exposing colored clothing to harsh sunlight causes colors to fade. It won’t happen instantaneously, but a few hours’ worth of exposure to UV rays will cause a noticeable difference.
Defend Delicate Materials
Certain materials are best left to the professionals, even if numerous reports claim you can wash it at home. Silk, chiffon, lace and other delicate fabrics are often used for warm-weather clothing — especially dresses and other garments for weddings, which are commonly held in the summer. While hand-washing can be done, only a dry cleaner will know how to remove stains and keep colors crisp without damaging them.
Summer is the perfect time for flowing dresses, chic rompers and playful jumpsuits. To enjoy these items next season, use Dependable Cleaners’ convenient pickup service to make sure your summer favorites are cleaned the right way and at the right time.