There are certain items we class as our go-to items for the Christmas and New Year Party season? In this post, we will give you some tips for cleaning your party garments this year without the added costs and stress of having to take them to the dry cleaners!

Sequin Dress

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When it comes to either your work Christmas party or your New Years evening out, a little-sequinned party/cocktail dress is essential! Make sure after worn you do not put into the washing machine.

If you have spilt food or drink on the dress or sweater the first thing you need to do is treat the stain. The trick is to use either a stain remove from the supermarket or a homemade remedy of lemon essential oil, baking soda and vegetable glycerin and dab the stain avoiding the urge to rub. This will help to lift the stain rather than rub deeper in.

Next, you need to hand wash in cold water with a very mild detergent, ensuring the dress/jumper is inside out so your washing the actual fabric and not the sequins. This also avoids damaging or bending the sequins whilst washing. The reason you need a mild detergent and cold water is that your normal detergent with a hot wash is far too intense for the garment and will actually end up damaging further. This method will keep your dress in great condition for years!

Once you have washed the garment avoid the urge to ring it out, you need to let it drip dry. Once the majority of the water is out, lay it flat on a towel, this will help to soak up the remaining water. Taa-dah, ready for the next wear!

Re-vamping your cashmere jumper

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Not only is a cashmere jumper a must have for the wardrobe, but in this ice cold weather a cosy jumper for a movie day with the Christmas left overs is a must! Check out how to clean your cashmere sweater without damaging it or racking up a dry cleaning bill.

The first thing you need to do is invest in some “woolite”. There is dark and light so depending on the colour of your jumper depends on the bottle you need to purchase. As stated in the name it gently washes your woollens without taking away the natural soft touch or fading the colour. If you don’t want to fork out the cash for this you can also use baby shampoo.

You now need to fill your bath up half full with lukewarm water and about a 1/4 of a cap of the detergent. Dunk your sweater straight in and don’t be scared to give it a good swim around the water. You’ll then need to empty the bath, refill again with just the lukewarm water and rinse the detergent out.

Once this is done and the baths empty, its time to get ringing! Roll the garment into a ball to get the full effect of getting the water out.

The final step to get the water out is to lay out a clean towel on the floor, lay over the damp sweater over the towel and roll into a sausage shape. This will squeeze the rest of the excess water out the jumper. Simply leave now on a drying rack till completely dry and there you have it, clean for the next wear!

Removing lipstick stains from a men’s shirt

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With the Christmas season around the corner your bound to get some lipstick stains on some garments of clothing with all the “hellos” and “hugs” you have to give to the family and friends, or rushing to get to the next event and smudging it as you pull your head through your top! Whatever the reason anybody who’s had a lipstick stain knows what a pain they are to get rid of! Start by removing the excess lipstick with a blunt knife to remove the main gunk from the garment. Now grab a stain remover such as persil and apply the product directly to the stain, ensuring that if it has soaked through you apply to both sides of the garment. Now that you have treated the stain, rinse the stain remover off with warm water. Make sure you avoid the urge to rub the stain and simply dab to avoid it going deeper into the fabric. The shirt/garment is now ready to be washed in a normal cycle! Please be advised that if you wash the garment in a normal wash before treating the stain you may permanently damage the item as the stain will sink deep into the material making it almost impossible to remove!

Removing red wine stains from your party outfit!

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Christmas is the one time of the year it is acceptable to eat and drink whatever you like for about a week and a half with the excuse of starting fresh in the new year! Therefore its bound to happen that someone spills the dreaded red wine over someone else or themselves. Check out this tip for removing red wine from your garments this year! If you treat the stain immediately, the first thing you need to do is blot the excess liquid with a clean dry cloth. Again DO NOT rub as this will make the wine stain sink deeper into the garment!

Next lay the item out and sprinkle over salt. The salt helps to stop the wine sinking deeper in and helps to lift the stain from the material. Now the myth is true, white wine does help to get the stain out, so if you have some spare in the cupboard pour some over the garment to neutralise the stain. If you don’t have white wine you can also mix a little baking powder with water and make a paste to spread over the stain.

After leaving either the wine or baking soda over the garment, pop in a normal wash cycle! You may need to repeat this if the stain was exceptionally large or if you didn’t treat the stain instantly which isn’t always necessary possible if your at a party or visiting friends!

We hope you have enjoyed reading our care instructions for your go-to items! Keep up to date with us for more cleaning, clothing and general household tips and tricks! If you liked what you have read please share this blog post on social media using the buttons below.

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