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!
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
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
Removing red wine stains from your party outfit!
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.