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Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Summer-Related Products and Their Impact on Clothing

My son starts his summer break next week, and the following week we head to Nags Head, North Carolina.  I can’t wait.  I love summer – warm (sometimes hot) weather, long days, spending lots of time outside, and the overall laid back feeling.  But summer weather, specifically the products we use to make ourselves more comfortable during summer, can take a toll on our clothes.  Below are some tips on three commonly used summer products. 
  1. Antiperspirant and deodorant many times contain aluminum chlorohydrate which tends to build up in garments over time and will eventually damage the fibers.  To combat this problem, avoid overusing this product and be sure to let it completely dry before dressing.  Also, wash or dry clean your garments as soon as possible after wearing.   
  2. Sunscreen and suntan lotion, if they come in contact with your clothes, can cause staining or
    color loss, and it may not appear until after you wash your clothes.  To avoid any issues, we suggest that you follow the directions on the bottle, allow the product to completely dry before getting dressed, and be sure to wash your hands before touching your clothes.
  3. Insect repellents typically won’t cause damage to your clothes, but check the label before using.  Some products contain alcohol, which can cause color loss or a change in color on certain fabrics.  If in doubt, spray on the product and allow it to completely dry before dressing.
If you do get one of these products on your clothes and have concerns, just call or come by your nearest A Cleaner World location.  We are always here to help.

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