Taking Care Of Your Gloves
( Originally Published 1924 )
In gloves, more than any other article of apparel, "a stitch in time saves nine," and often many more; for when the broken stitch is neglected, the pushing and pressing of fingers toward the tips, the bending and straining of the palms in lifting and handling things, buttoning and unbuttoning wraps, rapidly ruins a damaged glove beyond repair. Gloves should be kept clean, of course, and one should select such tints and tones as will best survive cleansing. Washable gloves are often a wise choice where frequent soil is unavoidable, and their inexpensiveness enables one to have more than one pair. Care should be taken while the gloves are being worn. They can not be treated as roughly as fingers. Friction must be avoided, such as that which comes with nervously opening and shutting the clasp of a hand-bag. Soiling gloves by handling unclean things necessitates strenuous cleaning, which wears out the fabric.
The right way to put on gloves is to insert the fingers and gradually fit each one before inserting the thumb. This prevents strain on the rest of the glove. Then insert the thumb and work the glove on well before it is fastened. This requires a little more time, but it will insure greater satisfaction.
If a glove is put on and the thumb inserted at the same time as the fingers, the kid will be strained and invariably the glove will become torn below the thumb section. The tear may not show the first time it is put on, but it will eventually weaken the skin and ruin the glove.
The right way to remove gloves is to turn them back about half way and pull them off. This relieves the strain on the glove fingers, which cling to the hand when wearing. If gloves are not properly removed, strains and tears are bound to appear.
After gloves are removed from the hands, blow into them, pull them gently lengthwise, and lay them flat. Lack of this care causes the skin to crack and pull away from the seams, because the moisture from the hands remains in the gloves when they have not been allowed to air thoroughly.
Beneficial results will be obtained by following these directions in washing gloves : Fit the gloves on the hands ; wash them well, using pure soap ; rinse in clear water to remove the soap-suds; squeeze out all possible water with the towel; remove the gloves from the hands; do not wring or twist them; puff the fingers by blowing into them, then lay them on a towel to dry and never expose them to sun. Do not lay gloves on the radiator, do not put them on hurriedly, do not expect a delicate kid glove to stand rough usage, do not pull long gloves on to the arm until the hand is well fitted; do not forget that "the wear depends on the care."
If hose, especially silk ones, are laundered before the first and after each wearing, their longevity will be greatly increased. Alternating the hose from one foot to the other in consecutive wearing will keep the toes from need of darning for a longer time.
As NEAT AS A BAND-BOX
Hats should be carefully brushed or wiped free from dust and grit; trimmings should be adjusted if blown or bent awry, the brim likewise; crowns should be filled with tissue-paper; and the head-gear itself should be snugly tucked away in boxes, ready for the next appearance. As in all other clothing, care should be taken in the selection of hats in order that they may give the greatest amount of service and satisfaction for the amount of money expended. For winter wear, a velour is a most satisfactory hat. Frequent brushing adds to the appearance and life of a hat. If a black straw becomes dusty and gray, brush it thoroughly, then rub with a piece of flannel which has been slightly oiled with vaseline. After it has been cleaned in this way, give it a coat of white shellac and the straw will look like new. If the hat is out of shape it can be dampened and pressed with a warm iron before the shellac is applied. Colored straws or white ones which have become dark may be made like new by coloring with an oil paint thinned to the right shade and consistency with gasoline. This must be applied as quickly as possible after mixing, since the gasoline evaporates rapidly. A velour hat which has become spotted with rain and dust, can be renovated by holding over steam and brushing with a good bristle hat-brush. Velvet can be renovated in the same way.
Flowers can be steamed and straightened, then touched up with water-color paint or with the oil paint and gasoline mentioned above, and made to do service for hat-trimming a second season.
Ribbon is sometimes worth using a second time, but sponging and pressing are likely to take the stiffness out and leave it soft so that it can only be used for draping or making soft rosettes.
HALL-MARKS OF FASTIDIOUSNESS
Veils, ties, scarfs, and sashes, all need to be kept smoothly folded or rolled when not in use, lightly pressed with luke-warm irons whenever wrinkled or beginning to appear stringy; but when they be-come soiled they should be sent to cleaning experts.
Furs should never be roughly shaken or beaten; the long silky surface hairs, which are the real value and beauty of any fur, suffer seriously from such harsh handling. In fact, even the gentlest care in wearing some of the softest pelts does not save them from wearing down to the bald last stages.
Gentle combing with a very coarse-toothed comb dipped in brilliantine prevents drying and breaking of surface hairs and adds luster, but the liquid must be used sparingly or it will tend to augment the accumulation of soil.
Furs and woolens require care when they are not in active use, and sometimes it is a convenience to put them in dry, cold storage, or in the moth-proof storage-vaults offered by most department stores.
If a fur garment has been rain-soaked, it should be left to dry near an open window and never subjected to heat; nor should furs be placed in the hot sunlight. When not in use, they should be hung in a darkened closet or be placed in cedar chests.
"OUT, OUT DAMNED SPOT!"
No other clothes blemish gives quite the same appearance of slovenliness as spots. To a fastidious person they are as annoying as the blood stains were to poor Lady Macbeth. Nevertheless, spots will appear, but if they are removed quickly the garments will give much better service.