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Before your next trip to ZIPS, take a gander at some of our top tips and advice. We’ll help you decipher the icons on the tag of your favorite dress, or the best way to take care of those perfect jeans that you finally found after trying on 22 pairs.

Taking the best care of your clothes is our job, but consider these tips in between dry cleaning visits to ensure a long, happy life for your favorite pieces.


You can bring your machine-washable items to ZIPS and they’ll look better than after the wash at home. But if you do try these tips, be sure to follow the washing instructions.

ZIPS Garment Care Tips

What do the symbols on the care label mean?

The Federal Trade Commission has developed a series of symbols to explain how you should care for your garment. We’ve made a handy-dandy cheat sheet for you.

How do I clean…?

The easiest way to clean any garment is to take it to your local ZIPS, but if you choose at-home care, please follow the tips below: General care instructions for cotton Difficulty: Easy Machine wash – whites can be washed in hot, colored fabrics in cold Tumble dry Warm to hot iron General care instructions for linen Difficulty: Moderate Machine wash with chlorine-free bleach in warm water Hang to dry or tumble dry on medium heat Warm to hot iron General care instructions for wool Difficulty: Moderate – check the labels Machine wash in cold on delicate cycle or hand wash Lay flat to dry General care instructions for polyester Difficulty: Easy Machine wash in warm water Tumble dry on low General care instructions for rayon Difficulty: Super Easy Dry clean only – better call ZIPS

What happened to my cardigan?

If a piece of clothing is damaged when you wash or dry clean it according to the manufacturer instructions, it might be defective. Return it to the store where you bought it. If you don’t remember where you bought it, send it back to the manufacturer. If you need help returning the garment to the store or retailer, the FTC provides a sample complaint letter.

You can also submit a complaint to the FTC online regarding a defective garment.

Do you have any recommendations for storing my off-season clothing?

As the temperature changes, most of us will start the semi-annual, dreaded ritual of switching out our closets. Before you switch out your clothes, there are a few guidelines that you should follow.

  • Clean all clothes before storing; never store dirty clothes. Stains can set with age, and dirty clothes attract bugs.
  • Fold your clothes for long-term storage. Hangers stress the fabric, leading to thinning and damage.
  • Always store clothing in temperature-controlled environments, such as an extra closet or under your bed.
  • Use tight-sealing, waterproof containers with locking lids to keep bugs and moisture out and prevent mildew.
  • You can use cedar closets, moth balls, or sachets of natural insect repellants, but remember to replace regularly and choose a product with a scent you won’t hate next season.
  • If you need alterations or repair work done, have it done before storing the garment.
  • Before storing your garments, go through them and give away what you don’t use.

Why do I get holes in the elbows of my dress shirts?

Repeated rubbing and abrasion in local areas of garments creates thinning. After wearing several times, the fabric can become threadbare. When your item is cleaned by you at home, or by us at ZIPS, the thin fabric ‘splits’ and holes or tears are formed.

What is causing the discoloration of my golf shirts?

The short answer is sunlight and sweat. A little gross, huh? If you spend a lot of time outside, the sun will fade your clothes, including hats, pants, shorts and jackets. If you notice this type of discoloration on relatively new items, return them to the place of purchase. It is expected for your garments to be exposed to moderate light, and the dyes should be durable to this normal condition of use.

Help! A bottle of wine broke in my suitcase. What can I do?

Oh, no! What a waste! Fortunately, you should be able to save your clothing, if not the wine. As long as the items are washable and won’t bleed color when washed – if your item is likely to bleed the label will say wash separately or wash with similar colors – you can follow the guidelines below.

Red wine is very tricky, and the longer the stains are in the fabric, the more difficult the stains will be to remove. You can get a product called Wine-A-Way at Bed Bath & Beyond or similar stores. Follow the directions on the package for the best removal.

White wine is a little bit easier to remove. It will require hand or machine washing, and possibly adding 2-3 ounces of vinegar per gallon of water. If your clothing is fragile, you may need to hand wash in a sink. Otherwise, you can clean the items in the washing machine.

These at-home care tips should only be followed for washable items. Please make sure the dyes in the garments and fabrics are colorfast before attempting any stain removal or special treatment. And FYI – labels that say wash separately or “with like colors” indicate that the fabric is NOT colorfast.


A good rule of thumb – clean whenever and as often as you’d like. It’s your home, right?

ZIPS Household Items Comforter Care Tips

Does ZIPS clean comforters?

You bet we do! We clean comforters, bedspreads, pillow shams, blankets, duvet covers, and sleeping bags. For this service, we offer a 3-7 day turnaround, depending on which location you visit.

Pricing for household items is as follows:

  • Bedspreads/Comforters: $19.99, including down-filled items (regardless of size)
  • Blankets and Duvet Covers: $14.99
  • Sleeping Bags: $14.99
  • Pillow Shams: $3.99 each

Can I bring my drapes or curtains to ZIPS for cleaning?

Due to the potential of shrinkage, color loss from sun fading, and fraying on the exposed folds, most of our stores don’t offer cleaning or pressing for drapes or curtains. Please 别错过FB体育体育全站app入口(2023趋势新闻) for more information.

Does ZIPS clean rugs?

Some of our stores offer rug cleaning through an outside service – you’ll need to check with your local ZIPS to find out.

Do you have any tips on how to care for household textiles?

Window Treatments Follow the manufacturer cleaning instructions for deep cleaning. Depending on the fabric, you might be able to wash on a gentle cycle, but you may need to dry clean. You can vacuum drapes and curtains to remove lint, dust, and pet fur.

Upholstered Furniture & Cushion Covers Regular vacuuming and spot-cleaning spills will help extend the life of your upholstery, but you’ll also need to thoroughly clean your furniture from time to time. Look for the manufacturer recommended cleaning codes on the couch base or on your original paperwork from purchase.

The 4 furniture cleaning codes include: W: The code “W” means that your furniture should be able to be cleaned with water. S: The code “S” means that a furniture cleaning solvent can be used on your piece. SW: The code “SW” means that both water and solvent can be used to clean your furniture. X: This code means that you should not apply water or solvents to this piece of furniture, and instead should clean it using a soft brush, or in the case of deep staining, by taking the upholstery to be dry cleaned.