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NORDSTROM, MISSION VIEJO & FASHION VALLEY
CLOTHING CARE CLINICS, 2005

Presented by Chuck Horst

St. JOHN AND OTHER KNITWEAR

PURCHASING

  • Ask for extra buttons
  • The classics never tire, especially black
  • Buy within the season to match, especially white


ALTERING

  • Altering knits is generally more expensive than for fabric garments
  • Save the trim for repairs if needed later in the life of the knit


WEARING

  • Comfortable-breathable, hygroscopic, stretchable & wrinkle resistant
  • Careful taking off, do not over stretch


PACKING AND TRAVELING WITH KNITS AND OTHER GARMENTS

  • Excellent for packing, wrinkle resistant
  • Hang blazers in a wardrobe bag (one to a poly bag)
  • Okay to fold slacks, sweaters and shells
  • Hang up as soon as you check in
  • Never trust an unproven cleaner with your fine knits


WHAT IS KNIT BLOCKING?

  • It is not pressing. Blocking is a series of steaming, distributing and cooling the knit with vacuum
  • Knit blocking can increase a size and a half or reduce half a size


REPAIRING & RESTORING

  • Solid whites can be brightened
  • Mending & re-knitting, darker pieces mend well
  • Change shoulder pads and update buttons

 

CLOTHING CARE

SEASONAL STORAGE

  • Don’t overcrowd closet
  • Always put garments away clean at the end of the wearing season
  • Use padded hangers on knit tops, blazers and blouses, unless there are shoulder pads
  • Never store in plastic non-breathable bags, neither vinyl store bag nor a cleaners bag.
  • Vinyl bags are great for traveling
  • Store in a breathable bag to protect from insect damage.
  • Hang to dry before placing in a closet to prevent mildew growth.
  • Fold and shelve sweaters to keep their shape


LONG TERM STORAGE

  • Cedar & lavender
  • Breathable garment bags can prevent mold and insect damage
  • Moth balls are not recommended if you intend to use garment again as mothball odors are hard to remove
  • All knits should be folded


Leather & Suede
Storage

  • Dry before storing
  • Usa a breathable storage bag


CLEANING

What is Dry cleaning

  • Similar to machine washing with a solvent and little water
  • Best cleaning for oily stains (salad dressing, lipstick)


How to choose a dry cleaner

  • Ask managers of finer department stores
  • Abandon a cleaner immediately if your clothes smell of cleaning solvent
  • Only let a specialty dry cleaner handle embellished pieces.


When to dry clean
?

  • Before putting away for the season
  • Shortly after any soiling...old stains are more difficult to remove


What to tell your dry cleaner

  • Any unique care label requirements like do not tumble dry
  • Knits and ties are to be blocked never pressed
  • You should request blocking every time a knit is cleaned
  • Special blocking
  • Stains (visible or invisible) and content of the stain
  • This is just one piece of an outfit


Wet Cleaning

Laundry

  • Biggest problem is over drying
  • New equipment is great
  • Best for removing water stains (drinks, perspiration, some foods)


Hand washing and cleaning

  • Couture garments
  • Leather & suede
  • Purse cleaning

 


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