Glitter and gloss are always part of any holiday celebration, and this year the fashionistas among you may be considering a metallic fabric to get in the spirit of the season. Before you make a sizable investment in this holiday fashion trend, here are a few things we want you to know.
1. Metallic yarns are notorious for shrinking, which can cause distortion (puckering) of the fabric.
2. Metallic yarns are very susceptible to breaking down in the areas of the garment that are subject to abrasion – ex. elbows, underarms areas, etc.
3. Metallic yarns will discolor from perspiration and contact with alcohol (the kind you drink AND the kind found in perfumes, colognes, hair sprays, etc)
There’s not much more to say other than the fact that simply putting each garment you’re worried about into one of our plastic bags means you’ll arrive with all your clothes wrinkle-free and ready to wear.
If you’re interested in the ‘why,’ it’s because the plastic creates a bubble of air that protects the item from being crushed when compressed. This is one of the reasons we use them to package your clothes in the first place!
We can safely recommend this because at Shaffer’s we do not use the toxic chemical PERC. If using a dry cleaner that still uses PERC, we always recommend taking clothes out of the plastic bags immediately to avoid toxic chemical residue and odors lingering on your garments.
So, whatever you drop off for cleaning in preparation of your vacation – it’s ok to leave it in our packaging and place it in your suitcase as is, a la Martha Stewart .
And here’s one more tip! When you are heading home, tie a knot in the bottom of the bag and presort the laundry so the loads are ready to right into your washing machine. Of course one bag should also hold all the clothing that needs to go to the dry cleaner!
And, if it is a choice between protecting your skin and your swimsuit – there is no contest. Protect your skin first and foremost.
However, you need to keep in mind that sunscreens can permanently stain your swimwear, especially preparations that are oil based. In a perfect world, you want to give your sunscreen an opportunity to dry and be absorbed by your skin BEFORE you don your favorite suit. Or at the very least be careful when applying it in areas close to your suit.
You also want to avoid sitting on rough surfaces (concrete around pools, wooden benches, etc.) since they can act as an abrasive snagging or breaking the spandex fibers in your suit, leaving you with unsightly nubs. Place a towel down before you take a seat to protect your suit from abrasion.
Last but not least, you want to thoroughly rinse your suit of all chlorine and/or salts as soon as possible after having taken a dip in the pool or ocean. Chlorine and salt are corrosive, and no good will come of letting them stay on your swimwear for a pro-longed period of time. (A thorough rinse means taking your swimsuit off and letting the water penetrate the fibers.)
This week in anticipation of Memorial Day, I did a little bit of WWII research because I was looking for a special way to mark the 3 PM Moment of Remembrance. I found a couple of things that I wanted to share with you.
The first is a link to the Memorial Day Moment of Silence facebook page. Go here to connect. Remember, this holiday is more than just a three-day weekend – it’s a time to remember the brave men and women who have served our nation and paid the ultimate price for the freedoms and liberties we enjoy every day. It is important that we honor them and their gift to us all.
The second thing is some fascinating stuff on how the war changed the US fashion industry, which I’m sharing with you below. I think you’ll enjoy it too. As the saying goes, “WHO KNEW?”
I hope you and your family has a wonderful and safe holiday, and don’t forget, we will be closed on both Saturday and Monday in honor of Memorial Day.
Patricia, Bake and the Shaffer Cleaners Team
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