Fabric Concerns

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Whether you spent a lot of money on a piece of clothing or it has sentimental value to you, you want to protect it. With clothing comes a range of fabric concerns. For tips on how to prevent different fabric problems, continue on.

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Stretching is a common problem with open weave garments and knitwear. If you want to maintain the acrylic fibers of your knitwear, you should fold these items instead of hanging them. It’s also important to note that wool fibers don’t stretch as much as acrylic fibers, so investing in wool knitwear may be more worth your money.

Even though wool is not as likely to stretch, it is more likely to shrink. In addition to wool, suede, leather, angora, drapery, and upholstery fabrics have a tendency to shrink. To avoid shrinkage, hand wash and air dry your garments. You can also take these pieces to a dry cleaner for a professional cleaning.

Some garments have surface prints or prints that are painted or glued onto the surface. To maintain this print for as long as possible, you want to dry clean the garment.

Cotton is one of the most popular clothing materials because it drapes well, resists wrinkles, and has a fashionable look. Even though cotton knits are comfortable, stylish, and durable, they can still experience problems. Some cotton knits can shrink, stretch, or distort. If you have a cotton knit garment that is at risk of damage in your at-home laundry machine, have the garment dry cleaned.

Silk and velvet are timeless, classy materials. However, they’re also fragile fabrics. Dyed silk has a tendency to bleed, which can cause color loss. Perfume and deodorant can also damage the silk. Silk can be hard to clean on your own, so you may want to take your silk garments to a professional dry cleaner. Similarly, velvet can easily be distorted or flatted when washed in a washing machine. A professional dry cleaner knows how to clean velvet, while also allowing the fabric to maintain its shape and quality.

For assistance caring for your hard-to-care for fabrics and garments, work with Oak Neck Cleaners. We are a professional dry cleaner that understands exactly how to clean everything from silk to suede, to leather. To schedule your dry cleaning services, call 631-422-4339 today!