Always follow the care instructions of your fabric. This may seem elementary, but we sometimes have reorders we receive due to improper care of the garment. If the fabric is dry clean only, do not wash it. In addition, attempt to dry clean all the garments at the same time. This will ensure that the pieces maintain the same color over time. For example, if one choir member dry cleans her garment after each use and another does so after every third use, the colors will fade at different rates over time. In addition, using the same dry cleaners is recommended for the entire group to ensure the same chemicals are utilized.
One of the best ways to lengthen the life of your uniform is to invest a few dollars per member for travel bags. Our hanging garment bags are very inexpensive and will protect the uniform from sunlight, insects, and other factors that may damage the garment. In addition, providing the proper travel bags, such as duffel bags or over-the-shoulder bags, will aid groups in a couple of ways. First, if your ensemble travels in tour buses or airplanes, group leaders can limit the members to the provided travel, garment, and over the shoulder bags and know that everyone will comply with group and travel provider restrictions. Second, branding your bags will aid your group’s outreach efforts and raise a sense of excellence.