Do have the hanging tags that come with garments you buy. Show them to your drycleaner and take note of instructions that have to do with home care.
Brush your clothes regularly and thoroughly.
Dry rain-soaked or damp garments thoroughly in a cool, well ventilated place before hanging in a closet.
Have garments dry cleaned regularly. Even a small accumulation of perspiration, grease, grit and dust particles can impair the attractiveness and longevity of a garment. Garments cleaned regularly last longer.
Take stained garments to the drycleaner immediately. Exposure to air, heat and light sets stains and can make their removal impossible.
When a garment has been stained, tell your drycleaner about the staining and what it might be; that is important for successful stain removal.
Press a garment if it’s stained. The heat of pressing will set the stain in the fabric and possibly make it’s removal impossible.
Hang knitted garments. Hanging stretches them out of shape and causes a sagging hemline. Knits are best stored in a drawer or folded over a padded hanger.
Use untested (or even tested) home stain removers. They can aggravate the condition of the fabric or may create permanent damage like color loss.
Use nail polish remover to remove nail polish stains. This may damage the garment’s dye. If the garment is an acetate, nail polish remover can create a hole in the fabric.
Store garments at home without having them cleaned and moth-proofed before storage. Be sure that the storage boxes or cedar chests used are kept in a cool dry place.