Have a Clean Halloween
It’s that time of year again where people all over Los Angeles pull out their Halloween costumes but after a night of partying, some wonder what to do to clean Halloween costumes. Fortunately, we put together some tips on what to avoid on Halloween and how you can clean Halloween costumes to use for years to come.
Stains: For all those looking to be ghosts or wanting to wear a toga, skip it if you’re wearing mostly white. White is hard to clean, particularly depending on the stain (like red wine!) and it has the tendency to get dirty rather quickly. If you must, try using a white sheet or clothes that you’re ok tossing away. West Hollywood has a lot going on during Halloween and it is easy to get dirty just bumping into people on the street while wearing white. Still want to wear a toga? Do something unique and wear darker colors instead (like black with a gold rope around your waist, gold armbands, and a gold Grecian crown). You’ll still get the look across without looking dirty all over.
Material: Pay very close attention to what the material of the costume is. For regular fabrics like cotton, you’ll be able to toss the costume in with your clothes when you go to wash it (unless it says dry clean only, in which case you can bring them to us!). Make sure to spot clean specific areas, especially if the costume is made of polyester. In fact, polyester is usually safer to wash by hand.
Kids’ costumes are usually made of polyester, so beware of that before you attempt to wash it. Speaking of kids, it’s a huge money saver when you can save the costume for next year as a “hand-me-down.” Baby and toddler costumes tend to be really small, so handwashing those are always easier than damaging the items by tossing them in harsh washer machines. And of course, hang dry costumes so they don’t shrink.
Storage: When it comes to storage it is very important to make sure it is cleaned before storing it. Storing dirty items can attract bugs and insects. Storing clean Halloween costumes in a clean place means it will stay clean. But also keep in mind that you’ll want to keep it in a cool, dry, and dark place, as well. If you’re going to hang it in your closet try using an inexpensive garment bag to protect it from dust and pesky moths. Costume wigs tend to be on the cheap side, but if you’re thinking about using it again for a different costume you should store it on a wig stand. Styrofoam wig stands are inexpensive and can be placed on the top of your closet.
Drop Your Costume Off at Pico Cleaners
Keeping your Halloween costume clean will keep you looking great all night. Interested in using it again? Drop it off at Pico Cleaners and we’ll take care of making sure it gets cleaned properly so you can store it. Use our cleaning and storage tips to figure out how to take care of your costume so you (or someone else) can use it again next year! And it’ll definitely be worth your money to be able to use it for multiple years.