My customers are bringing in bags of hats, gloves, and scarves. Is there a fast and easy way to clean them? A:
Unfortunately, there isn’t. Examine each item for a care label. Follow the instructions if they are available. Since these items are not required to have a care label attached, a label may not be found. In this case, you must determine which procedure — drycleaning or wetcleaning — is safest.
Check for colorfastness to drycleaning or washing solutions. If leather or suede is used in the construction, a leather cleaner should work. Place the item in a net bag to minimize agitation and to prevent pilling of soft, low-twist yarns. Dryclean on a short cycle for two to three minutes, using low temperatures. If the item is made of synthetic yarns, hand washing may be safe. Soak the item for a short time in a mild detergent, rinse completely, and lay flat to dry.
Knits may need to be blocked with steam and gently stretched back to their original size. If you suspect the item is made of acrylic, do not use this procedure, as permanent distortion will occur.