Did you hear? Fall temperatures are in the forecast for next week! And, as we discussed earlier this week, that means you can finally bring out all of your favorite fall clothes. We discussed flannels, sweaters and fleece jackets last week; but there's still much more to discuss in the way of hats, scarves, leather and wool. So, with that in mind, let's continue our discussion on how to properly care for your favorite fall clothing.
How to Care for Your Favorite Fall Clothing: Scarves, Hats and Gloves
We find that people often forget to care for their favorite fall scarves, hats and gloves, especially for mild winters such as ours in the south, but they too need to be washed at least 3 to 5 times a season. Any makeup, oils, moisturizer, cologne, or just germs that you might collect while wearing these pieces needs to be removed every so often. Furthermore, make sure that you hand-wash knit items and send your genuine leather gloves to the dry cleaners for proper care.
On a similar note, we've been known to accidently leave our pockets in our coat pockets and then forget about them until the next year. Try your best not to do so this season. You see, the glove lining can get damp with any perspiration that may come off your hands. As such, they really need to be aired out to avoid smelling of mildew. When you leave them in your pockets for months at a time, your gloves don't have that time to air out.
Leather or Suede Jackets
If you love wearing leather or suede during the fall, proper care an be a little tricky. These materials are much more delicate, so they only need to be washed once a season (and we know many people who wash them even less than that). Not only are leather and suede incredibly durable, but they can withstand daily wear much better than any other fabric. However, accidents can still happen so should you need to remove a spill, you should either spot clean the leather or brush the suede or you can send to the dry cleaners.
One thing to note about leather and suede is that these materials can absorb a lot of oil, sweat, makeup, etc. As such, you should try your best to avoid getting makeup or perfume on them because it can permanently absorb into the material. You should also avoid overstuffing your pockets as you would your favorite fleece jacket. While your fleece may be able to carry it all, overstuffing leather or suede can lead to unnecessary tears.
Furthermore, at the end of the season, leave your leather and suede out of the plastic bags or storage bins. These storage approaches can lead to cracked leather.
How to Care for Your Favorite Fall Clothing: Wool
Finally, we talked about sweaters last week, but let's talk specifically about wool. In particular, let's talk wool coats. Wool is quite durable, but to avoid your coat from looking dingy, wash it once or twice this season. For your special occasion coat, if you haven't worn it in a while, be sure to take it to the dry cleaner's before wearing it out again. Alternatively, at the end of the season, you can take it to the dry cleaners for proper cleaning before storage to avoid moths. Any surface debris can be removed with a stiff brush and stains can be removed by spot-cleaning with mild soap.
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