Keeping graduation gowns in pristine condition is important to be able to reuse them at a later date. Graduation regalia as a whole needs to be taken care of but we are focusing on graduation gowns in particular because these form the main part of the entire ensemble. What exactly do you gain by keeping your academic regalia in clean and good condition?
If you took out a rental with a store that hires out graduation gowns, then you will receive your full deposit back upon return of a properly taken care of gown.
If you use faculty regalia on a regular basis, perhaps as a professor, dean or even wear a choir gown as part of a performing group, then proper care and maintenance means the whole outfit lasts longer and serves you for a longer period. It also ensures you stay presentable and look dignified at all times.
For those who own a business or store which deals with selling or renting out all sorts of graduation gowns and other kind of official dress including choral robes, making sure all gowns are maintained is important to be able to attract and keep your customers coming back.
If you have a family, then you obviously understand what it means to want to save on each and every dollar. Sharing of graduation gowns between family members not only saves on cash, it can also help you pass a family heirloom down from generation to generation.
Having said that, here are a few helpful tips which should see you keep that PhD regalia or doctoral regalia in great condition:
1. Most graduation gowns come packed in a plastic cover which you should remove before storage. The plastic traps moisture and with time, mould and musty smells may begin forming on the gown. The best kind of cover in which to pack your gown is one that allows air circulation, perhaps a fabric-based type such as canvas.
2. Whether it is a choir robe, doctoral gown or any other kind of official dress, make sure you always hang the gown. Do not, under any circumstances, fold it for storage. Use a hanger to keep wrinkles away and to also protect any delicate parts of the gown that may b damaged by folding.
3. Check the product label that came with your graduation gown for special instructions. This gives you an idea of what kind of fabric the gown is made of and what kind of care it needs in terms of washing, maintenance and storage.
4. Wash graduation gowns with gentle detergent and follow up with proper rinsing to avoid leaving residue as this causes unsightly stains and damages the fabric.
5. If you have one large bulk of gowns, such as choir robes for a group of performers, it is better to clean them together, maybe using one cleaning service, to ensure uniform results. This way, you avoid having some fade before others.