Winter creates a tornado of possible stain making situations because of the dryer air, salt, slush, and snow, and this can take a toll on the staples of a winter wardrobe. But what about those winter accessories? Hats, scarves, gloves and boots are often neglected when it comes to cleaning, which leaves them smelling and looking less than fresh. The list below will help break down the items that can be cleaned at home vs. the ones that should be cleaned by dry cleaners in Dallas, TX, along with some useful tips and tricks!
Many people choose to purchase and apply a protective spray to boots that contain materials like suede, wool and leather, because they tend to stain more easily. Although small stains can be removed on these items at home by lightly rubbing the stained area using an eraser, it is not recommended by professionals because it could further damage the item at a microscopic level.
Fabric boots can be cleaned in the washing machine using a gentle cycle and cold water, then air drying them after washing, or toss in the dryer on a low cycle with tennis balls to help retain their shape.
Leather, wool, and suede gloves are made from animal materials, making them more susceptible to stains, meaning they should be cleaned by a dry cleaning professional in Dallas, TX instead of handled at home. Cotton, polyester and rayon gloves can be washed in the washing machine using cold water and a gentle cycle, but do not put them in the dryer—even on a low setting—because they will shrink.
Most scarves are made of a cotton blend material and can easily be washed in the washing machine in cold water on a gentle cycle, then placed in the dryer on a very low heat or fluff setting.
Silk scarves require more precise attention from a professional who understands how to treat them, but, for the risk takers out there, they can be cleaned at home using baby shampoo mixed with lukewarm water and a good soaking, for up to five minutes. Rinse using a mix of vinegar and cool water to keep the scarf looking new, then lay the scarf flat to dry.
Knit scarves are among the more sensitive scarves on the market because each thread is very fine, which is why using standard shampoo or dish soap can severely damage this type of accessory and dry cleaning these items is strongly encouraged.
Hats are a dirty accessory, not only because of the natural oil in hair fibers, but also because of hair products. Most hats can be cleaned at home by washing on a gentle cycle in cold water and laying flat to dry, or tossing them in the dryer on the lowest setting.
Specialty hats should be cleaned by a dry cleaner in Dallas, TX because they can lose their shape if they are cleaned incorrectly at home. And, as always, any hat made from an animal-based material like leather, suede or wool should be cleaned professionally to prevent damage to the item.
Remember: It’s a good idea to bring those winter accessories in for a professional cleaning once at the beginning of the season and once at the end. Also, if you see a stain, don’t wait because the longer the stain sits on the accessory the harder it will be to remove.