Quick read: 5 things that ruin your clothes
- "You know that label on the neckline of your new blouse? Please don't cut it out yourself-it's probably sewn right into the seam," Testa says. "If you bring it to me, I'll remove it for free."
- "Never iron a garment right-side out, especially anything made of silk. If you don't turn those gabardine pants inside out first, they're going to end up as shiny as a mirror," Testa says.
- "Don't douse a stain with club soda-the sodium in the water just makes it penetrate more deeply into the fabric."
- "If you get food on your favorite outfit, don't wet your napkin and blot the stain. White restaurant napkins are usually soaked in bleach at a commercial laundry-and the water can activate the bleach and discolor your clothes."
- "Whatever else you do, don't lie to your dry cleaner. Even if you panicked and used some crazy remedy you got from an old book, just tell me-I need to know what I'm dealing with before I can fix it," Testa says.
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