Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Spring Garment Care Tips

The time has come to awaken those light khaki pants, linen blazers and pretty bright dresses from their winter slumber and enter the warm March weather. Maintaining delicate fabrics by avoiding stains and wrinkles is one of the key tips to spring garment care. Deodorant stains on the armpit of a dress or pulling pants out of the dryer without ironing them can completely ruin a fresh spring look.

To protect garments and to look your best this spring, Rowenta- the leading manufacturer of high-quality steam irons, steam stations and garment steamers is offering garment care tips. Rowenta can help with tricks for keeping pleats neat on skirts and dresses as well as avoiding wrinkles in khakis that were just ironed.

Stain Removal
  • Deodorants: Scrub with alcohol or white vinegar and rinse. Rub with liquid detergent and launder in hot water.
  • Grass: Soak in enzyme presoak and then rinse. Rub with detergent and launder in hot water, if safe. If stain persists, sponge with rubbing alcohol
  • Fingernail polish: Sponge with cotton with nail polish remover. All other fabrics, sponge with amylase acetate (banana oil) and scrape with dull knife. Launder.

Ironing Challenges & Solutions
  • Many people make the mistake of wearing a garment immediately after ironing it. This can cause new wrinkles to form. To protect against those wrinkles, let the garment hang for about five minutes after it has been ironed. As a result, a sharp, pressed look lasts longer.
  • Many people like the extra crispiness that starch can provide, particularly with shirts. The correct way to obtain that look is to spray the starch on the shirt, roll the shirt into a ball, and wait about 30 seconds before pressing. This allows the fabric to absorb the starch.
  • To reduce shine caused by over pressing, or wear, soak a press clothing in water, then wring it out. Place the damp press cloth on top of the shiny surface and press. Repeat several times until the area is almost dry. Using a soft brush, raise the nap of the fabric.
  • For razor sharp creases, iron in the crease then set it with a burst of steam.
  • Gathers and ruffles should be ironed on the inside from the outer edge toward the center or middle gathers. If material is too difficult to maneuver on an ironing board, hang garment and use a vertical burst of steam.
  •  Pleats should be ironed from the bottom, starting with the inside of the pleat, and then moving to the outside of the pleats. If necessary, pin pleats to the ironing board at top and bottom; avoid ironing over the pins. To set pleats, use a burst of steam.

Garment Care Tools

  •      An iron and garment steamer in one
  •      Can help save up to $1,200/yr in unnecessary dry cleaning
  •      Ideal for large batch ironing

  • Steam iron combines ironing efficiency and energy savings
  • 100% efficiency, 25% energy savings
  • New patented Microsteam400 3De soleplate helps concentrate steam
  • Exclusive steam optimization system offers 3 settings

  •      Compact / easy storage
  •      Doubles as a garment steamer
  •      Ideal for last minute touch ups and wrinkle release

  •      Exclusive vertical support for improved results & optimized ergonomics in use
  •      High steam output and wide diffusion from large steam head for quick  and efficient wrinkle removal
  •       Unit heats up in just 60 seconds and is ready to use
  •       Large hanger for shirts and jackets
  •       Suitcase inspired, the steamer base can be tilted onto its back wheels and rolled using the handle
  •       Holds 1 gallon of water for up to 1 ½ hours of prolonged, continuous steam
  •      Included fabric brush, lint pad and steam bonnet for added convenience

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