So, you are just married and settling down into your new home, flipping through your wedding album your photographer just sent you. Thinking to yourself, just how good you look in that expensive lehenga / saree, that you spent a fortune on. And, suddenly it hit you that you haven’t yet got the hemline cleaned, from the aftermath of twirling all night on a muddy grass during your sangeet. That saree you wore for the Muhurat, that had a splash of ghee on it during the havan. I suggest you rush right away and get it fixed. Did you know that any delay in getting it cleaned could spoil the outfit, probably attract moths. So get those perspiration marks, food stains cleared right away.
Here are a few tips to keep in mind to keep your expensive outfits safe:
Dry Clean – First thing you ought to do, soon after you get out of your wedding attire is get it dry cleaned, since you wouldn’t want any permanent stains on them now, would you? You’d also have to pick the right dry cleaner, who would know how to care for your heavily embellished expensive garments. It is usually covered with a net and then cleaned, so that the chemicals wouldn’t harm the fabric and the embroidery.
Read the Care Label – Never put your embellished and expensive garments in the washing machine, be sure you read the label and care instruction first. It is crucial to follow the right care methods to make it last longer.
Ironing – Make sure to get the garment steam ironed and avoid the regular press irons, so that the garment is free of the iron marks and also keep damage to the embellishments at bay. I suggest you invest in a steam iron, so that you can do it yourself whenever you need it. Make sure to turn the lehengas upside down first before you start ironing.
Folding – One wrong fold and your lehenga would never see the light of the day. It could wreck the fabric or tarnish the embroidery. It is important to use a tissue paper or a muslin cloth between the folds, keep re-folding it every three months to avoid the creases on the fabric.
Storing – The folded lehengas are always stored separately in a cotton envelope or wrapped in a muslin cloth, placed in a storage box specifically made for lehangas. Make sure you have placed it in a cool and dry place away from direct sunlight.
Breathe – Every 3 months, take out the lehenga, so that you let it Breathe and get some fresh air to avoid that smell of damp or mould.
Before you decide to wear your lehenga or saree for the next time, make sure you get it out at least 3 days in advance, to give it a breather and then mend it just in case there is a loose wire of embroidery. I hope I’v’e given you a few useful tips for maintaining your expensive outfits. Do leave your comments here and follow us on Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Bloglovin | Pinterest | Youtube