Formal wear is often made of luxurious fabrics. Whether it’s moire, taffeta, silk, velvet, satin, organza or metallic prints, these fabrics need special care. Here are five tips that will help keep your formal wear looking and feeling great — even if they’ve been stained with food, makeup or body oil.

Blot Stains, Never Rub
Rubbing a spot on sheer fabrics, such as organza, can cause the yarns to slip, tear or chafe. Blotting, on the other hand, is an effective way to remove excess liquid or food without damaging the fabric. 

Shake it Off
Shake excess spills from velvets and allow to dry completely. Do not blot or apply any pressure in damp areas, as this can cause further absorption of the stain into the fabric. Blotting can also cause water spots or crush the velvet pile. 

Accessorize Wisely

Fabrics like satin, taffeta and metallic fabrics are especially susceptible to abrasion damage and snagging. To avoid this, be careful with your jewelry and handbag selection.

Avoid Contact with Personal Care Products
We’re not saying not to use cologne, deodorant, hair spray or makeup. But we do suggest applying your personal care products BEFORE putting on your formal attire. It’s also a good idea to make sure your personal care products are completely dry before getting dressed. This will reduce damage and staining of fabrics. 

Go to the Dry Cleaners
The longer you wait to bring your formal wear to the dry cleaners, the more set in stains become. This is true for body oils, and “invisible” stains that can begin to yellow or discolor over time. When it comes to formal wear, we recommend dry cleaning after each wearing — especially if you are not planning on wearing the outfit again soon. 

So, now that you have more tips in your formal attire toolbox, we hope you enjoy your next formal engagement!

If you have any questions about a delicate fabric or formal garment, feel free to contact Klinke Cleaners anytime. We’re always happy to help!