Although the first day of winter isn’t until December 21, Colorado has gifted its residents and visitors with winter weather for months already. Not only does this mean ski season is officially upon us, it means our winter clothing has come out of hiding.
Winter clothes might be intended to withstand freezing temperatures, snowy conditions and winter activities, but it’s important to know how to take care of your winter clothing — or it won’t last until next winter.
Here is the Dependable Cleaners guide to caring for winter clothing:
Let your ski gear dry out.
After a long day on the mountain, many of us take off our ski gear, throw it in the trunk and head back to the city — leaving it bundled up for hours. But in order to keep your gear in good shape, there’s a new routine you should adopt. First, lay out your ski clothing so it can dry. This will also air it out from any odors. If your ski gear isn’t dirty, it’s easily wearable throughout the season. But if it has stains and needs a good washing, we recommend bringing it in for a professional cleaning.
Wear your winter clothing more than you wash it.
Like our tips for ski clothing, most winter clothing should be worn more times than the amount of times you wash it. What this means is that you should get multiple uses out of your sweaters, coats and other heavy winter clothing. Washing it too often could break down the delicate fabric. One way to prevent collecting odors or needing to wash your winter clothing after each use is by layering it. Wear a camisole or t-shirt under sweaters, and there may not be a need to wash it for a while.
Pay attention to your garments’ tags.
If you do find that a sweater, coat, sweater dress or other winter garment needs to be washed, be cognizant that its material might be more delicate than your everyday clothing. Always look at each garment’s tag before you wash it and dry it. This will help determine how to best clean your items. For garments that are made of cashmere, tweed, velvet, wool or leather, a professional dry cleaning might be best.
Hang your clothing appropriately.
If your clothing is delicate enough to not wash after every wear or requires dry cleaning, this means the fabric may need some extra TLC when it comes to being stored. After wearing a winter garment, be sure to hang it up right away. Using a sturdy, wooden hanger might be a good idea, as it will help support the shape of your garment.
Troubleshoot stains quickly.
When you get a stain on an expensive winter garment, it can be stressful not knowing what to do. Your first step will depend on the material itself, but we suggest blotting the area with a clean, dry cloth to quickly soak it up. Don’t aggressively rub, as this could rub it in or ruin the fabric. If the liquid sets in, it’s a good idea to bring your garment in to be professionally cleaned just in case.
Do you have winter gear that needs a professional cleaning? Bring it in today!