We often hear that our choice in accessories can make or break an outfit. With that in mind, how we launder our accessories is a major force in maintaining their appearance in order to prolong their lives.
Here are some tips on how to maintain some of your favorite accessories:
For men, ties are a statement piece, they work to make boring work-wear pop. Ties can be made from a variety of materials, but the most common material is silk. Silk is a delicate fabric that can be damaged by exposure to chemicals and heat. Cleaning your silk tie too often can weaken silk fibers. To avoid damage, silk ties should be laundered on an as-needed basis. More importantly, by a professional who can determine the exact material composition of your tie and determine how it would be best cleaned. Due to this, in the case of a stain on a tie, blot the stain with a clean, dry cloth in order to remove excess substance, and leave the stain removal to Sandy’s Cleaners. Improperly washing your silk tie can leave it damaged or misshapen.
Scarves are no longer reserved for winter, and as an accessory that can make any basic outfit trendy, they come in a variety of weights and materials. Two popular materials are cashmere and silk. As in the case of silk ties, silk scarves can be easily damaged and misshapen by improper cleaning practices. However, cashmere can be equally as tricky.
Cashmere is a type of wool and as such should never be exposed to hot water, as it will cause a cashmere scarf to shrink. Furthermore, cashmere is easily misshapen, especially during the cleaning process when the cashmere becomes heavy when wet. Therefore, something as simple as handling a wet cashmere scarf can stretch it out and cause it to lose its shape. With such delicate handling requirements, its best to leave cleaning your cashmere scarves up to the professionals and let us launder your delicate cashmere. Not only can we ensure that your cashmere scarves are handled properly, but they are also shaped and reshaped appropriately during and after the cleaning process.
Hats are an accessory that can be functional or trendy. Either way, fit is important and improper cleaning could misshape or damage a hat and affect its fit. Hats also come in a variety of not-so-obvious materials, often using more than one, that can include cotton, wool and leather. As in the case of cotton and wool, a major issue in attempting to wash a hat at home could be shrinking or stretching the material and damaging the brim. In the case with leather, leather can crack if mistreated. Because of this, instead of risking irreparable damage, bring your hats to us and we will determine which cleaning process is best for the hat to ensure that it maintains its shape.
If you’re ever unsure whether an accessory should be dry cleaned, don’t risk damaging the item and call us, we would be happy to offer our expertise! Dry cleaners are well-equipped to handle any out-of-the-ordinary items and with six locations throughout the Charleston area, including Goose Creek, Daniel Island and Summerville, a Sandy’s Cleaners is just around the corner from wherever you call home!