Summer Garment Care
When the summertime comes around, summer garment care is essential. A lot of people tend to use seasonal products such as sunscreen for example that can believe it or not, damage clothing. Take a look at a few quick tips to keep in mind in order to minimize damage on your summer clothing garments.
Garment Care When Using Deodorant
Deodorant yes everyone wears it in the summertime. But, the aluminum salts that are used in deodorants/antiperspirants often leaves a chalky film-like texture on the skin. This can then then transfer to clothes and leave unwanted white marks. Moreover, these can build up overtime and cause set-in stains, which are then difficult to remove, unless dry cleaned professionally.
Not only does deodorant cause fiber damage and yellowing, but it can also weaken fibers in cotton, linen, rayon, and some synthetic blends, leaving holes during the cleaning process.
Avoid overuse and allow antiperspirant/deodorant to dry before putting your shirt on. Soiled garments should be washed or dry cleaned professionally as soon as possible.
Sunscreen can cause stains on your clothing due to the various chemicals it contains. Sunscreen is a naturally oily product, but the main culprit is the chemical called avobenzone. Furthermore, avobenzone is a key ingredient that is used in most sunscreen product. In addition, when avobenzone mixes with chemicals in salt water or chlorine, it can lead to yellowish and dark-brown marks on your garments.
Oils in these sunscreens and lotions can stain your clothing. This color loss or change may not appear until after your clothes have already been cleaned!
Avoid staining on your garments by allowing the lotions to dry before dressing up and always wash your hands before handling your clothes. This is the number one thing to do when focusing on garment care after applying sunscreen.
Garment Care When Wearing Swimsuits
Usually, all lace, silk, and beaded swimsuit fabrics should stay out of the dryer and be laid flat to dry on a drying rack. The elasticity of swimwear can also be destroyed by heat, so dry your bathing suit on a drying rack as well.
Chlorine in pools, spas, and hot tubs can damage the spandex used in swimwear.
Rinse your swimsuit with cold water after wearing it and always follow the care label’s instructions. Also, be sure to always hang your swimsuits up to dry rather then applying excessive amounts of heat.
Overall, the entire purpose of self-tanners is to “stain” your skin so you look more darker. Most tanning lotions contain dihydroxyacetone (DHA). This is a color additive, that colors your skin. That same additive can stain, sometimes permanently, your clothes or any fabric it touches when in a wet form. Therefore, it is essential to focus on garment care when using self-tanning lotions.
Self-tanners may discolor any clothing garment that they get into contact with. Light tan, brown, or yellow staining on the cuffs, color fold, neckband, and upon button areas are common areas to see stains.
Be sure to wash your hands immediately following application of self tanners and allow your skin time to dry completely before getting dressed. If the product gets on your clothes, wash them as soon as possible – as these stains can be difficult to remove. Moreover, if you are unable to remove these stains, be sure to bring in your clothing garments to Avon Cleaners to undergo professional cleaning.
Garment Cleaning At Avon Cleaners
As always, Avon Cleaners is more than happy to help keep your summer wardrobe clean and bright. Find an Avon location closest to you today and bring in your summer garments for a professional cleaning!