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    NORDSTROM-MISSION VIEJO
    CLOTHING CARE CLINIC
    MARCH 19, 2005


    St. JOHN KNITWEAR

    PURCHASING
    o Ask for extra buttons
    o The classics never tire, especially black
    o Buy within the season to match, especially white

    ALTERING
    o Altering knits is generally more expensive than fabric items
    o Save the trim for repair

    WEARING
    o Comfortable-breathable, hygroscopic, stretchable & wrinkle resistant
    o Careful taking off, do not over stretch

    PACKING/TRAVELING
    o Excellent for packing, wrinkle resistant
    o Hang blazers in a wardrobe bag (one to a poly bag)
    o Okay to fold slacks, sweaters and shells
    o Hang up as soon as you check in
    o Never entrust an unproven cleaner with your fine knits

    BLOCKING
    o What is knit blocking?
     It is not pressing. Blocking is a series of steaming, distributing and cooling the knit with vacuum
    o Increase a size and a half or reduce half a size

    REPAIRING & RESTORING
    o Brighten solid whites
    o Mending & re-knitting, darker pieces mend well
    o Change shoulder pads and update buttons

    CLOTHING CARE

    STORING

    Seasonal
     Don’t overcrowd closet
     Always put garments away clean at the end of the wearing season
     Use padded hangers on knit tops
     Never store in non-breathable bags, neither vinyl store bag nor a cleaner bag.
     Store in a breathable bag to prevent insect damage.
     Hang to dry before placing in a closet to prevent mildew growth.
     Fold and shelve sweaters to keep their shape

    Long term
     Cedar & lavender
     Breathable bags
     Moth balls & moth proofing
     All knits folded

    Leather & suede
     Dry before storage
     Breathable bag

    CLEANING
    Dry cleaning
     What is dry cleaning
    • Similar to machine washing with a solvent and little water
    • Best cleaning for oily stains (salad dressing, lipstick)

    How to choose a dry cleaner
    • Ask managers of finer departments
    • Leave immediately if clothes smell of cleaning solvent

    When to dry clean
    • Before putting away for the season
    • Shortly after appropriate soiling, old stains are more difficult

    What to tell your dry cleaner
    • Any unique care label requirements like do not tumble dry
    • Knits and ties are to be blocked never pressed
    • Special blocking
    • Stains (visible or invisible) and content
    • One piece of an outfit

    Wet cleaning

    Laundry
    • Biggest problem is over drying
    • New equipment is great
    • Best for removing water stains (drinks, perspiration, some foods)

    Hand wash
    o Hand-cleaning
     Couture garments
     Leather & suede
     Purse cleaning
    - Updated: February 20, 2006


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