Tips for Preserving Halloween Costumes
- Be sure to read the tags and packaging of purchased Halloween costumes prior to choosing a washing method.
- Avoid bleaching costumes that are not white in addition to researching the best spot cleaners for the type of fabric and material used within the costume.
- Washing a costume by hand may require a bit more effort in addition to special cleaners depending on whether the costume includes leather, feathers, spandex, and potential accessories.
- Having your Halloween costume dry-cleaned by professionals helps to preserve the fabric and material the costumes are made out.
- Ironing a Halloween costume after use and after it has been properly cleaned is a way to ensure the costume is in its original condition prior to hanging it up or putting it away in storage.
- Checking package instructions prior to using a wrinkle remover or ironing the costume.
- Once your Halloween costume has been properly cleaned to its original form, storing it in a sealed garment bag prevents wrinkling and other wear and tear over time.
Tips for Preserving CDs
- Handle discs by the outer edge or the center hole
- Clean discs by wiping a clean lint-free cloth in a straight line from the center of the disc toward the outer edge
- Return discs to their cases immediately after use
- Leave discs in their jewel case to minimize the effects of environmental changes
- Use deionized (best), distilled, or soft tap water to clean your discs. For tough problems use diluted dish detergent or rubbing alcohol. Rinse and dry thoroughly with a lint-free cloth
- Check the disc surface before playing it
- Store in a cool, dry, dark environment
- Disks not being used should be stored upright in a dust proof container.
Tips for Preserving Books
- Having clean hands and a clean area to use the book
- Keeping food and drink away
- Use a thin piece of paper or a length of ribbon as a bookmark
- Use plastic paper clips rather than metal to prevent leaving a mark on the page when used; it can also tear and distort the paper.
- Proper storage or packing away your books significantly prolongs the life and usability.
- Turn the pages gently
- Avoid writing or scribbling on pages
- Not forcing a book to lie open to 180 degrees; Face-up copying is safest, using either a hand-held camera or a face-up copier.
- Prevent direct or intense light
- Regular dusting