Fashion Waste Fix: Post-Party Clothes Care From Spills To Cigarette Smells | fashion

aAt the end of November, my mom asked me to help her get the nativity scene out of the attic. It was uncharacteristically early for her to get him ready, but looking at the two years we had all lived, I understood her desire for the year to end and the holidays to arrive.

And here we are, deep in a weird festive season, as party invitations rely on producing a negative rapid antigen test.

Putting the risk of catching Covid aside, parties can be dangerous places, especially for our clothes. From less socially distancing ballrooms to cigarette smoke and spilled drinks – this week we’re asking some experts about how to take care of your appearance, once the festivities are over.

Give them some air

No matter how tempting it may be, “the worst thing you can do is take off everything you’re wearing and leave it in a pile on the floor,” says Chloe Naughton, program director at Melbourne Fashion Festival.

Instead, she suggests hanging them up, or laying them flat on a drying rack or table to ventilate them before putting them away. If you have a steamer and unusual willpower, she suggests giving each piece a light steam first.

A dress shirt and dress jacket hang on balanced ties over a window frame.
When you get home, hang the clothes outside your closet or let them air flat. Photo: Nereda McMurray Photography/Getty Images

When Naughton comes home at the end of the night, the fabric and structure of the garment will determine whether to hang it up or lay it down, since some things like heavy textiles and cottons can be pulled by hanging. A good rule of thumb is to hang the clothes you usually hang up and lay the clothes you usually fold flat.

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This is even more important if your clothes smell like cigarettes. She says make sure you hang it outside your closet, and not put it anywhere near your clean clothes. “Then take it to the sink first thing in the morning.” When necessary, she says, you can also use a fabric freshener spray.

Stop the stain from the stain

Naughton says that if someone spills wine, the best thing to do is immediately pour sparkling water to remove the stain. This helps “break them up and prevent them from getting embedded in the strands,” she says. But if it is a delicate fabric, such as silk, it should be left alone and immediately transferred to the dry cleaners the next morning.

Two women at an outdoor party, one accidentally pouring wine on the other, with two men in the background.
Immediately washing the wine stain with sparkling water can help clean the stain – unless the fabric is very sensitive. Photo: Betsy van der Meer/Getty Images

If some oil gets on your shirt or pants, she says, “You should wash them then and there, because if you soak the oil in it it will stain.”

It can be weird to walk around in a wet shirt, but if you want him to live through the night, Naughton suggests you “go to the bathroom right away and use lukewarm water and hand soap” to remove the oil.

For stains you might not notice until the end of the night, oil, red and brown sauce, or wine stains can be softened with a cold soak and then washed in hot water at at least 60°C, says Steve Anderton, a laundry expert from consultancy group LTC Worldwide. It is best to do this while the spots are fresh; If the marks persist try using a generic stain remover. He says he uses a premium cleanser that contains a bio-enzyme and an emulsifying agent.

Focus on the type of fabric

Anderton says clothing made of polyester or nylon is strongly attracted to fats and oils, including sweat. So if they are smeared or worn enthusiastically on the dance floor, they will need to be treated with an emulsifying agent to break this bond. You may need to wash it more than once at 60°C – but not higher. Polyester is a thermoplastic, and excessive heat can damage it.

“If it’s a really hot summer’s day and I know I’m going to be at a party in the sun, I’d choose to wear a breathable fabric like linen or cotton,” says Naughton. She says this is because these fabrics allow her body to breathe and make for a more comfortable experience.

Go to the professionals

Some fabrics, such as fine silk or fine wool, can only be treated with a dry cleaner.
Some fabrics, such as delicate silk dresses or fine wool sweaters, can only be saved with a dry cleaner. Photo: kali9/Getty Images

Naughton recommends taking most clothes to the dry cleaners the day after the party, preferably opting for eco-friendly cleaners. Give priority to particularly delicate fabrics. It says, “Silk needs to be treated by professionals.” It’s important to remember that silk may look good the day after the party, but sweat and deodorant stains can damage the fabric over time and appear later.

If New Years Day is about to find an open dry cleaner that sounds a bit ambitious, rethink wearing a silk jacket or chiffon dress on a night that might get rowdy.

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