Splurged on Traditional Clothes? Here’s How To Keep Them Safe and Clean
One does not hear about garment safekeeping and storage as much as about buying them. Keeping expensive clothes safe and in good stead should be of prime concern, but sometimes it can be a scary situation—especially when the costly garment is eaten off by pesky pests or spoiled by unwanted elements lurking around. After all, designerwear doesn’t come cheap. Here are a few handy tips to keep your traditional clothes safe and clean and save you from nasty surprises later on.
Keeping Them Clean
- Wear clothes with care at all times. Shoes should be worn after the garment is draped as soiled shoe soles can stain the hemlines and pleats and destroy the fibres.
- Use an anti-perspirant, as stains from perspiration can kill the fibres.
- Keep the clothes far from liquids and foods and be cautious while you eat and drink. Stains can attract insects and moths, and chances are your clothes would see the grave soon if you aren’t careful.
- When choosing between the maid at home to wash or the professional laundryman, the latter would be a better choice. Ethnic clothes, with their embellishments, intricate embroidery, thread work, beads, sequins, glitter and ornamentation, are costly and high-maintenance, too. It would be painful to see them all go with rough washes and ‘manhandling’. Hence, a specialist with the right knowledge on caring for fabrics should be chosen for the cleaning task.
- Never wash whites and coloured garments together, unless you want a rainbow effect on your clothes.
- Clothing with zari, zardozi, tikka, pitta, aari work should be ‘steamed’, as it would give it a crisp and fresh look. Steam doesn’t allow creases, iron marks or lines on fabrics such as silk, chiffon and net.
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Storing Them In The Wardrobe
- Do you have a chemical desiccant to help soak away the moisture in the closet? Yes, the wardrobe that houses your costly designer wear has hidden moisture in it (and sometimes dew, too)!
- Special storage attention should be paid to clothes made of silk, chiffon, chanderi and cashmere, since they are very delicate and frail. Transparent airtight bags should be used, but only after dry cleaning them thoroughly.
- Expensive clothing made from suede and leather should have plenty of room to bask in and enough ventilation.
- Never fold garments made of linen; roll and store them to avoid stubborn crease lines.
- Never hang expensive and heavy garments; always fold them.
- Store your expensive designerwear and Indian garments according to categories. Make sections in the wardrobe and use garment bags for storage needs.
- As far as possible, the wardrobe should have fresheners with rosemary, lavender or even cedar block (avoid naphthalene balls) to keep pesky pests away.
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Manage The Damage
Clothes with tassels and heavy embroidery need plenty of care; we all have that one garment that has been ‘pulled’ by another fabric, causing threads and tassels to get loose or go astray. What you should do is to have the embellished zone of the garment covered with butter paper, as it helps keep it safe and sound. Before storing, remove brooches, pins and jewellery; also, don’t forget to trim off any loose ends.
A Little More Love and Care
Believe it or not, your perfume is to be blamed ifinsects and moths make a beeline to your outfits. Never spray perfume directly on your clothes; use the scent sparingly and only over the important areas of your body. Maintain at least a five-inch distance while spraying perfume on the wrists, the elbow and other parts of the body.
Remember how our grandmothers and mothers always insisted on taking good care of our clothes? It thus comes as no surprise that their traditional kanjeevaram saris and Dhaka silks have lasted a lifetime. We hope these tips on managing expensive designer and Indian clothes come in handy.
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