Winter is right around the corner and most of us have already started reorganizing our wardrobe to make sure we’re ready for whatever the weather Gods may throw at us this year. Here are some handy tips on how to protect your favorites shoes and clothes this winter, to ensure that they don’t just survive, but thrive, over several winters.
- Handle wool and leather with care
The best way to make winter footwear last longer is to avoid exposing them to conditions they weren’t built for. Suede, for instance, absorbs the elements due to its texture, and may not be the best choice for waddling around in snow and slush. Instead, use waterproof leather boots.
Avoid exposing your woolen clothes to excessive heat in the dryer. Similarly, you can seriously damage velvet clothes by ironing them. Read the label carefully to know the do’s and don’ts of cleaning and storing your favorite winter wear.
- Use a protective spray on your leather boots
A little research will bring you face-to-face with the myriad of products out there, designed to protect your leather boots from winter’s wrath. Although buying these means spending a few extra dollars, they ensure that your boots last longer, thus saving you money in the long run. However, a protective coating is not a license to start jumping around in puddles. The age-old proverb of ‘Prevention is better than cure’ holds true here as well.
- Keep them clean, and dry
One of the biggest causes of damage to footwear is water and salt drying on them, causing them to crack. Simply wiping your shoes with a piece of dry cloth and brushing off any dirt will go a long way in helping them last longer. Furthermore, using an all-purpose cleaner, such as the one from Deluxe Dry Cleaners’ SNAP line of products, helps get rid of stubborn stains and sticky dirt. Polish your shoes afterward to make them look dapper and last longer.
Winter coats attract soil and lint and may be kept clean by brushing with a lint or suede brush. Washing cashmere sweaters by hand, in cold water with Deluxe’s fabric softener, keeps them soft and safe from harmful chemicals.
- Store your shoes and sweaters the right way
Finally, after winter, store your shoes and winter wear properly to ensure they last longer. Shoes must be stored in a cool and dry place. Dry-clean wool and cashmere at the beginning and end of the season, to keep them from attracting moths. Sweaters must be folded, never hung, to prevent them from stretching. Winter coats should be hung on sturdy hangers in a roomy closet.
As we approach winter, let Deluxe Dry Cleaners help you get your favorite clothes ready. Our production staff with an average experience of 21 years will provide your garments with the highest quality dry-cleaning treatment. Your clothes will bring warm smiles in the cold weather as you bask in their newfound freshness and softness.