While the previous tips apply to most fabrics, there are some things that one must keep in mind when dealing with more tricky pieces that we tend to wear around the holidays.
Have you always turned to dry cleaners to get your leather goods freshened up? Us too. Turns out, it’s not that hard to clean your favorite leather jacket or skirt yourself should you spill something on them.
According to Whiting and Boyd, faux leather is often hand-washable, which means you can ease out most tough stains in your bathtub. Note: Always, always patch test an item before you wash it. If there is any discoloration once the area dried, it might be best to leave it to professionals. “If it’s not hand-washable, use Surface Cleaner, if the faux leather has a vinyl finish, or damp the Lint-Free Cleaning Cloth with Scented Vinegar and wipe down the surface. Spot treat with the Wash & Stain Bar,” Whiting and Boyd say. “Freshen in between wearing and washing with Fabric Fresh Classic… often!” If the item in question is made from real leather, proceed similarly. Whether real or faux, Whiting and Boyd emphasize following the item’s label: “If a leather item is labeled ‘Not Washable’ or ‘Dry Clean Only,’ don’t wash it. Trust us. Take item to a leather cleaning expert.“the
Seemingly one of the trickiest fabrics to take care of, silk can actually be easily washed at home. “We recommend testing the item for color stability before laundering,” Whiting and Boyd say. “Always test for color bleeding by dipping an inconspicuous area on the item in warm water.” This way, you can tell if your item will bleed when being washed. (Don’t worry: Just because an item bleeds color, it doesn’t mean that it will lose any in the process.) If the item is solid, wash it alone; if the article of clothing features several colors and bleeds into the water, consider taking it to professionals just to be safe. Treat stains with a stain solution or bar by applying to blemishes and hand-wash afterward. Whiting and Boyd leave one important piece of advice: “Never allow silk to soak for longer than 30 minutes.”
Always check your clothing’s label to see the manufacture’s suggestion for cleaning and the material composition. “Look first to see what the velvet is made of, whether it’s cotton, rayon, silk,” say Whiting and Boyd. “Most velvets can be hand-washed with our Delicate Wash and line-dried.” Keep in mind that velvet should never be ironed afterward; instead, use a steamer.
Cashmere and wool:When it comes to cashmere and wool, they are not much different than silk when it comes to at-home care. “You can absolutely wash wool and cashmere, but NEVER machine dry,” say Whiting and Boyd. If wine or oil got on your favorite sweater, treat the spot with a stain solution or bar. Next, hand-wash the item with a delicate detergent or even a fabric shampoo. “Use our Wool & Cashmere Shampoo, a pH neutral formula, to clean and preserve your knits and sweaters,” suggest Whiting and Boyd.
Did something land on your fabulous faux fur vest or your beanie’s furry pom-pom? That’s okay. “You can clean faux fur, as most faux furs are constructed with acrylic, modacrylic, nylon, rayon, and polyester, all of which are washable fabrics,” say Whiting and Boyd. Treat the affected area with a stain bar or hand wash. When it comes time to dry the item, resist the temptation to throw it, in all its furry glory, in the dryer as it will ruin the piece.