Just like leather, silk, wool, and other delicate fabrics, clothing made with sequins require more care to maintain their high quality.
Sequins are stunning decorative accessories that are very popular in the world of fashion, and are featured on many garments during fashion week. They are very popular on wedding dresses, prom dresses and other formal ladies’ attire. But they are not as popular when it comes to cleaning either at home or at the dry cleaners.
Knowledgeable, professional dry cleaners will provide special care for sequined clothing. But some dry cleaners refuse to dry clean this type of garment because of the problems with sequins.
Caring For Sequined Clothes
If you want to try and care for your sequined clothes at home, here are a few tips:
- For starters, if you see a loose thread, don't pull on it! This is good advice when it comes to any garment, not just those that may need dry cleaning, as it could compromise the make of the clothing. Sequins are often held together with a delicate system of thread, and pulling the thread from one loose sequin could unhinge an entire row!
- As soon as you take off your sequined dress, shirt, or skirt, hang it up immediately. Throwing it over a chair or onto the floor will make it more susceptible to snags, and could even bend the sequins if stepped on.
- Be careful when spot-cleaning a sequined garment. Some sequined garments may require less dry cleaning than other clothing because the sequins act as a protector to the fabric. A small spill can usually be taken care of with spot-cleaning, but if you rub the garment too roughly or vigorously you could cause further damage to the sequins or the fabric.
- Pay attention to where you are walking, and avoid corners and sharp edges. Snagging your garment on something is a sure way to lower its quality, because it can stretch, rip, or in other ways compromise the fabric.
- Notice whether the sequins are sewn in or glued on the dress or blouse. Sequins that are sewn on are more stable and likely to last longer with proper care. Sequins that are glued on can more readily fall off if cleaned in hot water. If the glue melts, the sequins will fall off. So try to use cold water whenever the care label allows.
- If washing sequined clothes at home, hand wash or machine wash on a gentle cycle by itself. Sequins can get snagged easily so it is usually best to hand wash such a garment if it can be washed. Let it air dry if possible. The less agitation, the better.
Ask your dry cleaner for more tips and recommendations to ensure the best care of your sequined garment.
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