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HITTING THE SLOPES

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Snow skiing is a popular sport, and like any sport, you need to have the proper equipment.  Skiing requires special clothing, down jackets, ski pants, and of course, long underwear to keep you warm!  These clothing items are an investment, but if you take a little extra care in cleaning and storing them, you can get several seasons out of your ski wardrobe.  Below are a few very easy tips on cleaning and storing your ski wear.

  • First rule of thumb is to always check the manufacturer’s care label.
  • Separate the “under” layers and the “outer” layers and wash separately.
  • For “under” layer garments such as long underwear or light weight fleece jackets, wash on cold, in the gentle cycle with mild detergent.  Tumble dry on low.
  • For the “outer” layers, wash the ski pants and jackets in cold water on the gentle, with a mild detergent.  Once that cycle has ended, run them again without detergent, but add a wash-in water repellent to the water.
  • Down clothing such as jackets need to be washed separately from synthetics.  They can typically be washed in the gentle cycle in cold water, with a detergent made specifically for down.
  • Tumble dry on low, and don’t forget to toss a couple of tennis balls into the dryer to keep the down from clumping.  Hang up and place in an area where it can breathe.
  • Store your down clothing in a dry place where it can breathe to insure that the down stays dry and won’t begin to mildew.  Do NOT cover it with a plastic bag.
  • Your synthetics and fleece can be stored in a dark, dry place such as a closet.  Do not store in a plastic bag.  If you want to cover them, you can use a linen clothing bag, or simply wrap a white sheet around them.  You could also store them in a basket or similar container, as long as it is ventilated.  Place tissue between layers to help prevent wrinkling.

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January 16, 2011 at 7:49 pm

DOWN COMFORTERS – FRESH, FLUFFY, FANTASTIC!

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There’s nothing like snuggling up on a cold winter’s night under a heavy down comforter.  They are a wonderful addition to your bed this time of year, but as with any type of bedding, they must be cleaned.  Down comforters do require a little TLC.  Below are a few tips to help you keep that down comforter clean, fluffy and ready for the next winter season.

 

  1. Place your comforter in a cover to keep it clean
  2. Shake the comforter out weekly to keep the down fresh and fluffy
  3. Air it out monthly to keep it smelling fresh.  Hang it over a clothes line, or lay in the grass on a sunny day.
  4. Down comforters can be machine washed.  However, you should take it to a dry cleaner to do so if you do not have an oversized washer at home.
  5. If you wash the comforter yourself, gently squeeze out any excess water before placing in the dryer.
  6. Dry on low heat.  In order to keep the down from clumping, place a couple of tennis balls in the dryer…this will keep the down moving, prevent clumping, and help the comforter dry quicker.
  7. At the end of the winter, place a cover over the comforter and store in a dry, well ventilated closet to prevent mildew.

 

 

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January 10, 2011 at 2:31 pm

UNDER COVER – HOW TO CARE FOR YOUR QUILTS

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Created by loving hands, and taking hours and hours to complete, quilts are very special.  Quilts are a wonderful addition to one’s bedding this time of year; but, unlike the everyday cotton blanket or throw, quilts must be cleaned with the utmost of care.  And unfortunately, a handmade quilt doesn’t come with a “care” label with instructions on how to care for it.  Below are some tips to keep that handmade, precious family heirloom looking great for many years to come.

 

  1. Quilts can generally be both washed or dry cleaned.  Your quilt only needs to be cleaned one time/year unless you have pets or children, or have spilled something on the quilt.  Then you would want to clean it a tad more frequently.
  2. If the fabrics used in making the quilt were not washed prior to making the quilt, it should be tested for colorfastness.  Test the fabrics by taking a damp, white cloth, and rub over the various fabrics in the quilt.  If one fades onto the cloth, that fabric isn’t color fast, and should be dry cleaned, not washed.
  3. If your quilt has a lot of lacy, puffy appliqué work, have it dry cleaned in order to preserve the handiwork.
  4. When washing a quilt, set on delicate cycle and use a very mild detergent.  Keep the colors bright by adding half a cup of vinegar to the wash cycle.
  5. You can partially dry the quilt in the dryer on a low setting, but then finish drying it on a rack, or many people like to spread it out over the grass to dry in the sun.
  6. Lastly, when storing your quilt, have it cleaned first.  Then air it out, fold it, and store it in a cotton or muslin bag…never a plastic bag.  You can also wrap it in a white cotton sheet.  About every two months, take the quilt out and fold it in a different direction and re-wrap it in order to avoid permanently creasing the quilt.
  7. When removing from storage for use, lay it out on the grass to air out for a while prior to placing it on your bed.
  8. Never iron a quilt.

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January 3, 2011 at 8:00 am