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CARING FOR YOUR WINTER COAT

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Your winter coat is an investment, meant to be worn several years.

Below are a few tips to help you keep your coat in tip top shape:

  1. Scotch guard – Whether your coat is wool, leather, or another type of fabric, take a few minutes each season and spray your coat with a scotch guard spray.  This will help you avoid stains from spills that might occur.  Check the product label, but you should be able to spray it on leather and fabrics.
  2. Clean your coat at the beginning of the winter, and at the end of the season prior to storing.  Check the garment label for recommended cleaning method.
  3. Apply perfumes and let them dry prior to putting on your coat.  Do not spray perfume directly onto your coat, as this will cause it to stain.
  4. Wear a scarf around your neck.  This will cut down on soiling around the collar.
  5. Hang your coat on a well padded hanger.  This will prevent the shoulders of the coat or jacket from stretching out of shape.
  6. Should your coat become wet from rain/snow, be sure to let it air dry before hanging it up.
  7. If you should have a stain occur, be sure to have it cleaned quickly.  The quicker you clean the coat, the better your chances of removing the stain completely.
  8. Remove lint with a clothes roller or lint brush.
  9. When storing your coat in the off season, use a well padded hanger and place cedar blocks in the closet, or lavender sachets…this will ward off moths.  Do not store in a plastic clothing bag.  If you feel you must cover it, put it in a cloth garment bag.

By following these simple tips, your coat will look great for several seasons.

HOW TO TIE A BOW TIE

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Here we are in the middle of the holiday party season.  Time to drag out those tuxedos and bow ties!  And if you are like me, you almost NEVER wear them, and probably forget how to tie that bow tie.  I thought I would share this short clip for those of you who will be finding yourselves “puttin’ on the ritz” soon!  I hope you find it helpful!

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December 15, 2010 at 2:28 pm

CARING FOR WOOL SWEATERS

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The weather is turning colder, even here in Texas.  And with that, out come the wool sweaters.  Have you ever pulled out a sweater from the closet to find it misshapen, musty smelling or maybe found a few little moth holes in it?  Here are a few tips to help you care for your wool sweater and keep it in tip top shape for years to come.

  1. Most importantly, follow the care label inside the garment
  2. Don’t “over clean” your wool sweater, as it can damage or break down the fibers
  3. Dry cleaning wool garments is best, but not necessary after every wearing unless it should become stained
  4. Don’t hang a wool sweater on a hanger.  Fold it and store it in a drawer during the winter season
  5. If your sweater can be machine washed – do so with cold water, on the gentle cycle, with mild detergent that is recommended for wool clothing; then lay it out flat on a towel to dry.
  6. When storing your wool sweater in the “off” season, you can put moth balls in a sock and place the sweater in a breathable container, or you can use Lavender – it smells better, yet moths don’t like it.
  7. If you should spill something on your wool sweater, dab it off with a damp, clean cloth; never rub the stain.  Then either launder the garment or take to the cleaners ASAP for easier stain removal.
  8. If you have a snag or hole in the sweater, you may be able to save it by taking it to someone who can repair knitted fabric/clothing.

*Images from Lands End

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December 6, 2010 at 7:10 pm