Tips for Caring for ClothesWhen many parents shop for their kids’ clothing, they often buy on impulse, especially if their kids are toddlers or younger. This isn’t really a problem because young children don’t often have strong opinions about the clothing they wear. However, taking care of the clothing you buy can be an issue, especially when it comes to children’s formal wear.
Little girl dresses, boys’ tuxedos, vest sets, etc. are different than other clothing and therefore, generally, require a little more care. Below are a few simple “care” tips that will help you get a longer life out of your children’s clothing.
1. Buttons – Boys’ suits and boys' tuxedos all have material-covered buttons, and even some girls’ dresses have these types of buttons on them. These buttons can fray if they you aren’t careful. To help avoid this, take a tiny bit of clear fingernail polish and dab over each button when you first bring it home. No one will see the polish since it’s clear and it will help protect the material from fraying.
2. Removing Lint – Collecting lint is just something clothing does, especially formal clothing that doesn’t get worn that often. When you go to brush it off, make sure to brush with the nap as brushing against the nap can cause the material to become damaged.
3. Airtight Containers – If you are planning on storing your kids’ clothes so younger children can wear them in the future, you need to store the clothing in air tight containers to keep moths out. If you don’t have an airtight container, you will need to get some mothballs to add. You can also store the clothing in a cedar chest (as long as the cedar still smells) to keep the clothes fresh and moth-free.
4. Clean Before Storing – Before you store any type of clothing, you need to wash and dry the clothing first. If by chance there are moth eggs on any of the garments, washing will ensure the eggs are killed. Storing clothing in a cedar chest or another container won’t prevent moth eggs from hatching. Therefore, make sure you wash all clothing before storing it.
Children’s formal wear is expensive and generally isn’t worn that often, therefore, it’s important that you care for it properly. You will be able to pass (or sell) the clothing on to others in the future as it will remain intact…which will ensure you get your money’s worth out of the garment. The tips above are not just for kids’ formal wear, but can also be used for caring and preserving all types of clothing!