• How to care for Coats and Sweaters?

    Coat and Sweater Care

    Caring for Coats

    Coat season has finally arrived so it’s time to pull them out, dust them off and stay warm. If your coat doesn’t look quite right, maybe you didn’t clean it after then end of last sea-son. You can bring in your coats and get them back in shape for the Fall and Winter.

    Here are some ways to keep you coats looking right:

    1. Keep them clean. Moisture can shorten the useful life of your coats. Never put them away wet. Allow them to air dry outside of your closet when they get wet from rain or snow. Weather coats need dry cleaning or washing, don’t forget to jeep them clean.
    2. Allow coats room to breathe in the closet. A couple of inches on both sides should do the trick. Air circulation is important for the long-term usefulness of any garments, including coats.
    3. A coat that repels water helps keep dirt from finding the fabric and making a home. When you get a water repelling coat cleaned, apply a water-repellent (or let us do this for you).
    4. Don’t leave your coat in your car just to be convenient when it turns cold. A coat left in a hot car, especially after getting wet and left crumpled on the back seat, can result in shrinkage, loss of shape and even a musty smell.
    5. Leather, suede and fur coats are a completely different deal. They require special methods of cleaning, conditioning and care after. Make especially sure you wipe down these coats when they get wet or after a spill. Annual cleaning and conditioning will make sure your leather and suede last for decades.

    Caring for wool Sweaters

    Wool sweaters are a staple of cold weather fashion but proper care for wool sweaters can be tricky.

    Whether the care label recommends dry cleaning or washing you sweater, we can clean sweaters for you.

    If the care label says “Dry Clean Only” you should follow those instructions. Call Champion Cleaners to handle it for you.  If the care label says you can wash your sweater – and you want to do it yourself, here are some tips to get you through the process successfully.

    1. Wash your wool sweaters in warm (tepid) water in a sink or small bucket. You can use a store-bought soap like Woolite or use a few drops of dish washing soap with about ¾ cup of white vinegar (to remove perspiration odor). If you must use a washing machine, use the gentlest cycle.
    2. Gently squeeze the sweater with your hands for 3 to 4 minutes. Allow the sweater to soak for another five minutes.
    3. Rinse twice in cold water to remove the soap. Squeeze the excess water out but NEVER wring it out. Wool can be mis-shaped is you do. Lay the sweater on a clean towel and place another towel on top and gently press to help it dry. Keep the sweater laying flat until dry. Do not place a wet sweater on a hanger to dry.
    4. NEVER place a wool sweater in a dryer. If you do it will most likely shrink. You can fix this by washing it again and “blocking” it (reshape it) while its wet to return it to its normal size.
    5. Once dry, brush the sweater to perk up the fibers.
    6. Fold it for best results (rather than placing on a hanger).

    How Often Should You Clean Your Sweater? – The answer to this question is simple. You should clean (wash or dry clean) your sweater when it’s dirty or smells bad. Wool fibers usually hold their shape (when dry) and steaming a sweater is not often needed. But if you spill something on it, blot it off immediately and then clean it as soon as possible. To do otherwise will allow stains to set.

    How Should You Store Sweaters? – First make sure it is clean before storing. If you’ve worn it, even once, there is a good chance that there is dirt, makeup, food or perspiration on the sweater. Never store it until next season dirty. When storing between seasons, place them in a plastic container so creepy crawlers can got to the wool.