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If you want to become a personal stylist, it’s important to develop some background knowledge about the proper way to take care of certain garments. This is crucial information you need to share with your clients when you’re helping them put together an improved wardrobe.
Part of your job is to make the styling aspect of someone else’s life much more convenient. That being said, if you suggest certain pieces to busy clients who likely don’t have the time or energy to properly care for them, you won’t be doing them any favors. Plus, if the client doesn’t have time to heed proper care instructions and instead cleans a garment incorrectly, they could ruin it.
If you’re interested in choosing something made of wool for someone you’re working with, here’s what you both should know about correct cleaning and care:
- Labels on wool clothing often recommend dry cleaning, but many fashion industry leaders advise against this. Most say it’s best to hand wash instead, particularly cashmere, in cold water.
- Turn it inside out when you’re hand washing it, and don’t use regular detergent- try a special wool cleansing shampoo instead.
- Once your garments are clean, if you’re trying to store them during warm weather months, try to put them separate from other materials in airtight plastic bags lined with mothballs.