Friday, May 6, 2011

Keeping them longer…

Tips to Dresses that Lasts

Do you want your favorite dresses prolong its life, keep its prints and colors, and hold its durability, drape and style?   Have you ever wondered why some of your most memorable dresses lose their loveliness over the shortest period of time?  Is it their quality? Or is it how you keep them that makes them loose their beautiful features?  Now that got me thinking and I arrive at the conclusion that for some reasons, maybe I just didn’t care enough.  So in order to keep them longer, please consider what I have got say.  Trust me; experience was my best teacher…
  •  If you got them stained, act on it immediately.  Never dilly-dally; otherwise, it will become permanent.  If you have to use a treatment to remove the stain, test it in an area where it is hidden just to make sure the stain remover does not damage the fabric.  There are different rules for different types of stains, so be extra careful, ask around or so some research.  If it is a non-washable fabric, then take it to the dry cleaners. 
  • If it says “Dry Clean Only”… then take heed and do as the instruction says.  If you are just plain lazy to abide, then you’re going to regret loosing that dress.  Read the care label properly to understand what kind of washing and handling the specific fabric of your dress requires.  Usually silks and wools have specific care instructions.
  • If your dresses have embellishments, like bead works and sequins, do take time to hand wash them instead of putting it directly to the washers.  You surely don’t want them dangling and ruin the look of the dress.
  • For wrinkles and creases that don’t seem to smoothen, take it to the professional to have it pressed or steamed.  So the next time around, after it is pressed, make sure to hang it carefully where it can breathe.
  • Never use chlorinated or bleached laundry powder for your beautifully colored fabrics and prints.
  • Lastly, store your dress in a cool and dry place, away from the direct heat of the sun.  Too much exposure to the heat will deteriorate its quality and ruin its fiber.

Dresses are lifelong investments.  So make them last and make the memory last… who knows, it is the dress that you can give to your children for generations to come…


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