The sun is shining and sure enough, your social media is being flooded with picturesque views of the sun, sea and gorgeous Maltese beaches. You know that springtime is here and summer’s practically around the corner, so it’s time to gear up for that oh-so-dreaded spring cleaning session… Of course, putting away your winter clothes means making sure you store them in a fresh and clean state. Luckily, Portughes Dry Cleaning has decided to share some useful tips.
Fleece Jackets & Sweatshirts
Frequency of wash: after 6-7 wears.
Washing guidelines: sweatshirts are low-maintenance, but fleece deserves extra care. To keep this attire smooth and soft, turn the garment inside out and wash it with similar colours and without linty items, like towels. Rinse twice so there’s no detergent residue. Air-dry.
Other things to keep in mind: if the fleece has a water-resistant finish, avoid fabric softeners and dryer sheets, as they diminish the effectiveness of the fabric. Do you have stubborn pet hair you’d like to remove? Simply wipe down fleece with a wet rubber glove.
Hats, Gloves & Scarves
Frequency of wash: after 3-5 times a season.
Washing guidelines: these often-ignored items should be given more attention. Think about the facial oil, makeup, and perfume build-up, not to mention the germs you pick up with gloves. When it comes to knitwear, it should be hand-washed. As for leather gloves and structured hats, these should be dry-cleaned.
Other things to keep in mind: Never store gloves in coat pockets, because the glove linings get damp from your hand perspiration and need to air out. Otherwise, they could smell like mildew.
Frequency of wash: after each wear.
Washing guidelines: since they serve the same function as socks, nylons should be hand washed regularly.
Other things to keep in mind: stay on top of your inventory and avoid recycling dirty tights. Place each pair into its own zippered plastic bag along with the packaging sleeve so you can ID the brand, the colour, and the size quickly.
Trousers & Skirts
Frequency of wash: after 5-7 wears.
Washing guidelines: Wintry fabrics like tweed, wool and velvet are fairly tough but can be tricky to wash, so dry cleaning is the safest choice.
Other things to keep in mind: why not try this refreshing trick – mist the garment with one-part vodka and two-parts water and allow to dry. Naturally scentless, vodka helps deodorize it.
Frequency of wash: after 2-5 wears.
Washing guidelines: wash cotton, silk, and cashmere after two to three wears, since these pieces are more delicate. Wool and durable synthetic blends, such as acrylic and polyester, can withstand five wears. While wool naturally repels dirt, dust, and liquids, whatever the fibre, it’s always good to follow the washing instructions on the care label.
Other things to keep in mind: Hand washing tends to be gentlest, but if you’re worried about moths, take knits to the cleaners. “Once larvae have bored into the fabric, it may be too late to prevent holes,”
Phew! Now those are quite a bit of tips to remember when spring cleaning! Need some help to sort all those piles upon piles of clothes? Then contact Portughes Dry Cleaning today. As the leading dry cleaning company in Malta we have our fair share of experience when it comes to the best treatment for every type of clothing.