Your heavy attires and designer clothing will fall apart if neglected or abused. So, how do you extend their life? With gentle hand washing to dry cleaning you can easily extend the life of your designer clothes. Start with these steps:
- The key to preserving your garments is by keeping them as clean as possible. Soiled clothes with food or perspiration stains usually have a tendency to attract moths and insects.
- Choosing the right place to dry clean your clothes is also important as that ensures that your heavy garments remain in pristine condition for a long time. For Indian clothes with intricate embellishments like the ones at IRA – House of Designers, make sure that the pieces are dry-cleaned by a special technique where the ornamentation is covered with net.
- Remember to always read the instruction on the care label before washing any of your garments. Most pieces come with specific instructions on using the right washer setting, detergent or washing them inside out to preserve their life span.
- Separation of colours while washing garments is a must. As many of our custom made outfits have delicate embroidery, hand detailing and textures on them, the best way to ensure that they are not ruined is to dry clean them.
- Steam ironing outfits is the ideal way to avoid iron marks, lines and creases especially on delicate fabrics like silk, brocade or benarasi. There are various options available for home-use steam irons which are very simple to manoeuvre and not particularly time consuming.
- Benarasi or silk knits must be dry cleaned first and then stored in transparent air tight plastic containers or bags.
- Storing your heavy hand embroidered clothing in white malmal fabric ensures that the embroidery does not get tarnished or blacken over time. You could opt for plastic or fabric covers—the end-point for both is to keep dust, moisture and insects away.
- Folding your heavy Indian outfits, like the ones we offer at IRA, such as lehengas, sarees and anarkalis is a better way to store them over hanging them.
- Areas where the garments are stored should be dark and cool as light tends to fade colours and attract insects.
- Sometimes heavy clothes have embroidery or tassels which may pull on the fabric, causing some threads to fray. The key is to cover the embellished part with plastic or butter paper while storing the garment and removing it only once you have worn the garment. Trimming the pulled thread and ironing the garment with a steam iron over the area where this has occurred will help to minimise the damage.
- Moths are often drawn to the smell of perfume. A good way to keep them away is to ensure that your fragrance does not get into your clothing when you store it in your cupboard.
- Adding moth balls or sachets with lavender or rosemary in the storage area while storing your garments is also an effective way to avoid moths.