Clothing care tips to make your wardrobe last
Socks are prone to getting ripped, dirty, and easily worn out. They are also arguably the most important piece of your daily outfit. Find out how to keep them in good condition.
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Throughout December it has been clear we spent a lot of time focused on socks. In the spirit of being light-hearted, we thought we’d wind down the month with a fun take on cleaning socks!
Socks are arguably the most important piece of your daily outfit. Everyone sees them. They produce a welcoming aroma. They protect the most beautiful part of your body, feet. It is imperative to take extra special care of socks! Here’s how.
It is recommended to wash your socks by hand. You will be able to give them the special attention and care they deserve, and it is an excellent use of your spare time. Be sure to use a freshly cleaned sink filled with warm water.
It is also recommended to clean the sink prior to use by wiping it down with other clothes as this creates additional laundry for you to care for after you finish cleaning your socks. All laundry should be treated and cared for equally!
Remove surface dirt by using a toothbrush. Toothbrushes are not only good at removing plaque off of your teeth, but they are also useful when attempting to remove dirt off of your socks prior to soaking them in water. Pro Tip: electric toothbrushes speed up this process and enable you to clean more socks at a faster rate!
Be sure to physically submerge each of your socks in water for at least two minutes. This will ensure the socks are thoroughly cleaned and you will receive wrinkly bath fingers. If you don’t receive wrinkly fingers you are not caring for your socks properly.
Use a blow dryer to dry each sock. Pro Tip: place your hand inside the sock as if you were using it as a puppet. This serves dual purposes. It allows you to properly dry the sock and you may stumble upon an impromptu puppet show.
Well, that was fun! While it may sound like those are great tips we cannot omit the fact that these tips are for entertainment. When in doubt schedule a Rinse and we’ll provide the best care for your socks and the rest of your items!
Happy Holidays and Happy Rinsing!
Costumes are oftentimes made of inexpensive material, therefore, they may not last very long. Learn how to extend the lifespan of your costumes!
Whether you went all out in a spectacular costume or kept things simple as a ghost or a cat, the special care required to keep Halloween costumes clean can easily be overlooked.
Costumes are often made of inexpensive materials, like acetate or acrylic, and feature basic structure and stitching that are designed for one-time wear. So what happens when you find a great costume that deserves some extra mileage in future years? Carefully cleaning and storing your costume will ensure it can be re-used for the next spooky party.
Our guide will help you properly care for your Halloween costume so that it continues to trick without getting ruined by any treat-induced stains.
Pre (trick or) treat
While you’re enjoying some candy, a melting chocolate bar or dripping caramel from a candy apple may make its way onto your costume. To take care of any Halloween food stains, pre-treat with a stain remover formula and let it soak for about 30 minutes. Costume fabrics usually aren’t particularly breathable, so you’ll also want to pre-treat areas where perspiration stains have occurred (such as under the arms and around the neck).
Check your costume’s label for recommended washing instructions. If your costume is made out of cotton, polyester, acrylic or nylon, and doesn’t have special embellishments, it can likely be machine washed in cold water on the delicate cycle.
Costumes made of tulle or spandex can be gently hand-washed at home, even if they have sequins or plastic attachments. However, careful consideration must be taken when you’re cleaning these items yourself.
- Flip the costume inside out before placing it in cold water with a gentle laundry detergent.
- Knead the material in the water for a few minutes, then rinse thoroughly.
- Gently squeeze the costume to remove excess water, but take care not to wring it, which can weaken the stitching.
Costumes labeled as “dry clean only”—especially with special embellishments or trims made of fur, leather, suede or feathers—should be taken to a professional, who will be equipped to provide a thorough cleaning.
Dry and iron
Avoid the dryer, which can shrink a costume made of inexpensive fabrics (like acetate and polyester) by up to two sizes or ruin the material altogether. The dryer can also loosen the elasticity in spandex or nylon. Most costumes should be hung to dry, but ones with a distinct structure should be laid flat to dry in order to preserve their shapes.
If you need to remove any wrinkles, iron on the lowest heat setting. High heat can damage fabrics like acrylic, rayon and polyester. Always keep the iron moving so that you avoid overheating and ruining the fabric
Next season storage
To ensure that your favorite Halloween costume looks just as good next year, be extra diligent about storing it properly.
- Delicate costumes with attachments or different parts should be hung so the material doesn’t stretch. Place them in a plastic garment bag and store in the closet until next year.
- If your costume is made of a durable material, fold it carefully and store it in a sealed freezer bag to keep dust and mold out.
- Costume accessories like broomsticks or wands should be wrapped in bubble wrap and kept safely in a box.
- Stuff hats with paper to maintain their shape.
- Place wigs on a styrofoam wig stand and keep them tucked in a sealed bag or box.
Halloween costumes aren’t meant to be worn all the time, but you might want to keep your favorite outfit on hand for future parties. By taking special care of your costume, you’ll make sure it gets a chance to scare again.
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Let’s face it, “business casual” is a perplexing term that can be interpreted in many ways. You might get away with an open-collared shirt and jeans in one office, while in another workplace you might expected to show up wearing a tie or a skirt.
While “business formal” usually refers to a suit and tie for men, and dress pants with a matching jacket for women, “business casual” is its less buttoned-up cousin. You have some freedom to inject your own unique style into your outfit with accessories and atypical silhouettes, while maintaining a stylish and professional appearance.
So what does that really mean? Whether you work in a creative or corporate office, we solve this vague dress code once and for all. Here’s our guide to dressing “business casual.”
Tops: button-down shirts and blouses
Women: A “business casual” top can be a silk blouse or a crisp button-down shirt. At a creative company, play with silhouettes like bell sleeves or ruffles. You can add some tasteful flair by accessorizing with a dressy belt or statement necklace.
Men: A tailored button-down shirt in solid colors or subtle plaids is a polished look. Show off your layering skills with an unstructured sports jacket or half-zip sweater.
Care tip: Ink stains can strike when you least expect them. Blot the stain with some rubbing alcohol—which works on most fabrics—and place a paper towel over it to absorb the liquid. (Avoid using club soda, which can set ink stains.) While a professional is most equipped to clean silks, you can toss cotton shirts in the washing machine using cold water, and then hang them to dry.
Bottoms: dress pants and chinos
Women: Choose dressy work pants that have enough room to tuck in your top. For dresses and skirts, ensure hemlines fall no more than 1” above the knee, and stay away from casual fabrics like jersey or linen.
Men: Dress pants or chinos are your go-to options. Keep them well-pressed with a steamer to maintain a professional appearance.
Both: Dark denim works in casual offices, but make sure there are no tears, rips or distressed patterns. Ladies can opt for sophisticated cuts like wide leg trousers or skinny jeans, while men can go for modern straight/slim-fit styles.
Care tip: If you find yourself wearing your lunch, use a mix of soap and water to get as much of the stain out as possible. Once you’re back home, pre-treat with a stain removal stick and launder according to the
Shoes: classic pumps and leather loafers
Women: Slip into ballet flats or classic pumps with a heel no more than 3” high. In less formal offices, suede or leather ankle boots are a fashion-forward yet professional option.
Men: Sleek leather loafers are a great choice, but you can have some fun with hybrid dressy-casual leather sneakers in a creative work environment.
Both: Leave the flip flops and athletic shoes at home, unless you ever find yourself working outdoors.
Care tip: To keep your leather shoes looking their best, wipe any dirt off with a soft damp cloth and gentle soap. Follow up with shoe polish to buff your footwear back to their shiny glory. For suede, use a suede brush to scrub away any blemishes. Refer to our leather guide for more tips on caring for leather footwear.
General tips for dressing business casual
“Business casual” can be confusing, but you can follow these general guidelines to avoid an awkward office fashion situation.
- The type of office you work in and the nature of the workday are important clues to deciphering this dress code. Corporate settings may be restricted to dress pants while startups and creative companies may allow for jeans.
- How your fellow colleagues dress for work will also give you some insight. For example, they may be dressed to the nines for client meetings, but for regular workdays they might show up in casual yet polished ensembles.
- It’s better to play it safe and go for something more formal, not less (so no sweatpants, please). If you’re really in doubt, it never hurts to ask your boss to define your workplace’s version of “business casual.”
Now that you have a better understanding of this perplexing dress code, you can start putting together work outfits that will impress your coworkers and clients. Knock ‘em dead.
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We’ve all been there... You make one small movement and a frightful tearing sound comes from the seat of your favorite pair of jeans. It has happened to the best of us and despite our better judgement, we’ve all kept a pair of pants around for one wear longer than we should have.
Everyone has ripped a hole in their jeans… You’re not alone!
It’s time we talked openly and honestly about the reality of that unfortunate tear in the seat of your pants.
When jeans begin to rip, which typically a sign that the jean is nearing it’s end, it is usually the result of a seam burst or tear in the seat of the jean. Adding a patch to the tear in your jeans is a service that most professional cleaners will provide. However, this treatment will only delay the inevitable for a short period of time.
When you apply a patch to denim, you're introducing new and most likely stronger fabric to the garment. As you wear the garment more, the area surrounding the patch will take on additional stress, causing it to wear and eventually tear. Since the fabric of the patch is strong and the surrounding area is most likely weaker, the point of defect usually just moves from the patched tear to the surrounding area.
While a patch may add some extra life to your garment, it's really just a matter of time until you create more damage to the garment. On the bright side, you can think of this as an opportunity to upgrade to that new pair of denim you had your eye on.
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