Leather. On photo shoots, accidents happen—say, a messy model spills mustard on her leather jacket or pants at lunch—and reacting quickly is crucial.
Plan of Action: Resist the urge to scrub a stain on a leather garment with soap right off the bat. Instead, gently scrape off any dried food with the flat edge of a plastic knife or a credit card, then blot the stain with a damp cloth. If the stain persists, dilute a few drops of a liquid laundry detergent in water and dab the spill. Allow to air dry, then repeat if necessary.
Metallic Sweaters. After a long day of shooting under hot lights, many of the garments used during a photo shoot need laundering—and some, like fancier washable sweaters, need special care.
Plan of Action: Don’t toss the sweater in with a regular load of laundry. Turn it inside out to ensure that metallic threads or embellishments don’t get snagged on other garments, then place it in a mesh laundry bag. Wash the garment on a gentle cycle, according to manufacturer’s instructions.
Embellished Tops. When there’s no time to dry clean a bejeweled top before a photo shoot or big event, consider washing it yourself—just check the care label first.
Plan of Action: Turn the top inside out and place it in a mesh laundry wash bag. Wash it on a gentle cycle, according to manufacturer’s instructions, with a liquid laundry detergent. Skip the dryer and hang the garment on a padded hanger, smoothing out any creases, then allow it to air dry. Ironing can damage any beadwork or fancy embellishment; instead, use a steamer to release any wrinkles.
Waxed Jeans. These fashionable coated jeans are one of the hottest looks in denim, but they require some TLC when it comes to laundering.
Plan of action: First off, read the manufacturer’s label. If machine washing is recommended, turn the jeans inside out and wash them with a liquid laundry detergent, on a cold delicate setting. Avoid machine-drying coated jeans. Instead, lay the jeans flat, making sure not to crease the fabric, and allow them to air dry.