AAt the end of November my mom asked me to help her get the crib out of the attic. It was unusually early for her to organize it, but given the two years we have all lived, I understood her desire for the year to end and the holidays to come.
And now here we are, in the midst of a strange holiday season, where party invitations depend on the production of a negative antigen rapid test.
Aside from the threat of contracting Covid, parties can be dangerous places, especially for our clothes. From socially out-of-the-way dance floors to cigarette smoke and spilled drinks – this week we’re asking some experts how to take care of your outfit once the revelry is over.
Give it some air
No matter how tempting it may be, Chloe Naughton, program director of the Melbourne Fashion Festival, says “the worst thing you can do is take off what you’re wearing and leave it piled on the floor.”
Instead, he suggests hanging it or placing it on a drying rack or table to air it out before storing. If you have a steamer and extraordinary willpower, suggest giving each piece a light steam first.
When Naughton comes home at the end of the night, the fabric and construction of the garment will determine whether he will hang or stretch it, as some things like heavy knits and cottons can be stretched by hanging them. A good rule of thumb is to hang the clothes you would normally hang and hang the clothes you would normally fold flat.
This is even more important if your clothes smell like cigarettes. He says make sure you hang them outside your wardrobe and don’t put them next to your clean clothes. “Then take him to the laundry first thing in the morning.” If the need arises, she says, you can also use a fabric deodorant spray.
Stop stains on the spot
Naughton says that if someone spills wine, the best thing to do is pour sparkling water on it immediately to flush out the stain. He says this helps to “break it down and prevent it from getting stuck in the wires.” But if it is a delicate fabric, such as silk, it must be left alone and promptly taken to the dry cleaner the next morning.
If any oil gets on your shirt or pants, it says “it must be washed off right away, because if the oil gets soaked it will stain.”
It may seem odd to walk around in a damp shirt, but if you want him to survive the night, Naughton suggests you “go to the bathroom right away and use warm water and hand soap” to remove the oil.
For stains you may not notice until the end of the night, oil, red and brown sauce or wine stains can be softened with a cool soak and then go through a warm wash of at least 60 ° C, says Steve Anderton. , a laundry expert from the LTC Worldwide Consulting Group. It is best to do this while the stains are fresh; if marks persist, try using a general stain remover. It says it uses a premium cleanser that contains a biological enzyme and an emulsifying agent.
Focus on the type of fabric
Anderton says that garments made from polyester or nylon are very attracted to fats and oils, including sweat. So if they have been spotted or enthusiastically worn on the dance floor, they will need to be treated with an emulsifying agent to break this bond. You may need to wash them more than once at 60 ° C, but not at a higher temperature. Polyester is thermoplastic and excessive heat can damage it.
Naughton says: “If it’s a very hot summer day and I know I’m going to be at a party in the sun, I’ll choose to wear a breathable fabric like linen or cotton.” She says this is because these fabrics allow her body to breathe and make the experience more comfortable.
Go to the pros
Naughton recommends taking most clothes to dry cleaners the day after a party and preferably opting for eco-friendly dry cleaners. Give priority to delicate fabrics in particular. He says, “silk needs to be treated by the professionals”. It’s important to remember that silk may look beautiful the day after a party, but sweat and deodorant stains can damage the fabric over time and appear later.
If a New Year’s rush to find an open laundry seems a little ambitious to you, think back to wearing a silk jacket or chiffon dress on a night that could get rowdy.