Clothing and shoe care
How to care for your clothes properly, how to look after all different
types of clothing - which hangers to use, how to wash and clean items.
How to clean and care for your shoes.
If you look after your clothes then they will last longer. If you wash
them carefully you can make them last longer and look better. If you know
which hangers to hang clothing on your clothes will stay looking ironed
General clothing care hints
- Look after your clothes even when they're dirty. Don't throw them
on the bedroom floor - you can easily damage clothes by standing on
- Be proactive in getting boots and shoes reheeled. Don't leave it until
it's too late.
- Look at the washing instructions - don't assume it'll just go in the
wash with everything else. Follow the instructions too - ignore them
at your peril!
- Hang your clothes on the right hanger. If possible get hold of some
padded hangers for tops, it helps them stay in shape better.
- Buy fluff removers and use them.
- Get a good quality clothes brush.
- Always clean your shoes before you put them away, putting damp and
dirty shoes away could cause mould to ruin shoes.
- Have shoes reheeled before they're permanently damaged.
- Put suits away in special suit bags to prevent them getting dusty
if you're not going to wear them for a while.
- Don't wear the same item for days at a time. Fabric should be given
time to rest to allow them to keep their shape.
Essential Products for Clothes care
The washing tub is one you'll almost certainly recognise. It will
contain information about the washing instructions. It may contain
a temperature - eg: 95' for cottoms
Lines underneath mean synthetics and should be washed at cooler
temperatures. A broken line indicates the item is wool and should
be washed on a wool wash.
Look at your washing machine controls and you'll see the different
washes available. It'll usually indicate temperature and washing
intnsity. Some machines also let you vary speed of spin - which
is useful for delicates.
If you use too high a temperature then you may ruin your clothes.
Jumpers and knitwear can shrink massively.
Lower temperatures save you energy but you'll need to look at the
washing powder to ensure it is suitable for low temperature washes.
A hand in the wash bowl means hand wash only.
A cross through the wash bowl means do not wash.
This symbol indicates the garment can be tumble dried. One dot
in the centre means low temperature and two means high. A cross
through it means it should not be tumble dried.
This means the garment can be ironed. A hot iron is indicated by
3 dots, warm by two and cool by one. A cross through means do not
A wavy line underneath the iron indicates steam can be used.
This means that the item can be bleaches - CL indicates chlorine
bleach can be used.
A cross through means do not bleach.
This symbol indicates the item can be dry cleaned. There is often
a letter inside which gives the dry cleaner information about what
cleaning agents to use. A cross through means do not dry clean.
Coat Hangers - use the correct hanger for your clothing.
Shoe care and storage
Have your shoes mended before they become badly damaged. Replace
worn laces. Dry and clean shoes before putting them away. Store
them on a shoe tree to give them ventilation. Buy shoe freshener
spray if your shoes smell.
Buy clothing care products online at Ebay - they have a great range
of coathangers, storage devices, cleaning products, laces and other cleaning
and storage help.
range of clothes hangers available
Large hanger range with those designed for keeping wooly jumpers hung
right and cedar wood quality hangers to help protect your clothes.
Types of Hangers include: Childrens, Hotel Security Hangers,
Inflatable Hanger, Kilt Hangers, Knitwear Hangers, Ladies, Lingerie Hangers,
Mens, Metal, Non-Slip Hangers, Over Door Hanger, Padded, Plastic, Shirt
& Tops Hangers, Spacesaving Hangers, Suit Hangers, T - Shirt Hangers,
Tie Hangers, Travel Hangers, Trouser Hangers, Wooden
Coat Hangers - they sell many different types of hangers, for adult and
baby clothes. This is probably one of the best places to buy coat hangers
Garment Bags/ Protectors - ideal for keeping special suits and dresses
safe and clean in your wardrobe.
Moth Balls - prevent clothes being eaten by moths.
Shoe Fresheners - keep your shoes smelling sweet. Essential.
Shoe Horns - help you get your shoes on.
Shoe Laces - replace laces before they break. Check them for wear.
Shoe Polish - keep your shoes looking good as well as protecting them
by polishing them.
Shoe Repair - items needed to repair shoes, includes cobblers thread,
shoe stretchers and other help for repairing shoes.
Shoe Trees - for storage of shoes.
Stain Removal - products and accessories for removing stains from all
types of clothing.
Other items including brushes, lint removers,
Mould Removal - I've been readiong tips as diverse as using a tiny bit
of bathroom mould cleaner, lemon juice and white vinegar, sterliser liquid,
bleach. Test first though to avoid damaging fabrics.
Once cleaned ensuring the clothing is completely dry and kept in a damp
free place will prevent more problems.
If lots of clothes in your wardrobe become mouldy then look for the reason
why. Have you put shoes away that were damp? Is there damp in the back
of the wardrobe? Do you need to move the wardrobe? Clear it out and ensure
you get all the problem items out - de-mould and then put less back in
and always put dry clean clothes away - never wet or damp items.