“You are what you wear.”
Your clothes are the first thing people notice about you. It is important that we make sure our clothes are clean, pressed, mended and fit well. It’s that simple. It is also important that we reduce our chances of surprises by taking a little extra time before we face our day. Before you head out the door each morning, run through this checklist to make sure you’ve taken care of those final touches.
- Is clothing clean?
- Is clothing free of spots and stains?
- Is clothing lint-free?
- Does the clothing fit properly?
- Are buttons buttoned and zippers zipped?
- Are garments well pressed?
So, what are the common things that will help you identify when and how to wash your clothes?
The amount of time a garment is worn is a commonly used method for determining if a garment needs to be cleaned. But remember, even if a garment is only worn for a few hours, such as a wedding, odor and staining may still occur.
Moths are attracted to wool, but did you know that they are also attracted to stains on your garments? If your garment is put in storage, or even in a closet while stained, moths, crickets, ants, silverfish, and other insects may be attracted to the stain. And if the stain contains sugars, such as from beverages, the fiber type does not matter. When feeding on the stain, the insects also eat the fibers, and thin areas or holes may develop. While we would love you to bring your clothes to be professionally cleaned after each and every wearing, we know that is not practical. The following guidelines were developed based on a survey of consumers who were asked how often they wore specific garments before having them professionally cleaned. Of course, the timeline gets shortened depending on the heat and activity level during the garment’s use and how much the wearer perspires and whether the item gets stained.
- Outerwear – Monthly, during the season and before the storage
- Tuxedo – Every other wearing
- Eveningwear – After every wearing
- Dress – Every third wearing
- Skirt – Every fourth wearing
- Blouse – Every other wearing
- Cotton Laundered shirt – Every other wearing
- Polo shirt – After every wearing
- Khaki or casual pants – Every other wearing
- Dress pants – Every third wearing
- Wool suit – Every third wearing
- Lightweight suit – Every third wearing
- A sport coat or blazer – Every third wearing
- Cotton Sweater – Every third wearing
- Wool Sweater – Every third wearing
- Silk Sweater – Every other wearing