Got a big stain on your favorite shirt and given up on trying to get it out? Selina French, from the costume shop, has kindly shared some helpful tips on clothing with me that I think would benefit students of St. Lawrence campus in their laundering needs. First and foremost she says for stains, like sauce, blood, or coffee, do not use heat! Try to catch the stain early and wash both sides of the garment – because sometimes just wiping the outside isn’t enough –stick a towel on the inside to see the stain when it comes out. Make sure it’s completely gone before you even think of using a dryer since the heat will set the stains in. Don’t have time for the dry cleaners? Just make sure you use cold water and throw it in for a gentle cycle with mild soap or detergent. For some easy remedies she suggests white vinegar for greasy stains, pull dark clothing inside out to preserve color, try to avoid dryer because they ultimately destroy clothing, duct tape won’t help with clothes in the long run, and if your jeans are thinning out try to catch them early or there will be no chance of saving them.
These are just a few general pieces of advice but if you’re having more serious clothing issues stop by the costume shop anytime Monday thru Friday 2pm-6pm. They dye, fabricate, press, stitch (things from backpacks to tents), repair, alter, age, and steam all for the price of some M&M’s or a negotiable remuneration. They even have an amazing hair and makeup team that may be able to schedule you in for a zombie facelift. Have an important interview and don’t have the right thing to wear? The costume shop loans clothes, like ties, shoes, suits, white shirts, to make your search a little easier in Canton. Just journey down to the bottom floor connecting Griffiths and Noble and listen for the music. The door is always open and eagerly welcoming new visitors.