Taking care of your garments properly is essential for keeping them looking their best and in good condition for years to come. Here are some tips on how to take care of your suits, shirts, denim and knitwear
How to take care of a suit or jacket?
- Hang and store properly: After wearing a suit ensure at the end of the day its back on its hanger and preferably in its suit carrier. Not thrown on a chair or side table.
- Brush it down: Use a soft tasseled brush to remove any dirt or marks from the suit.
- Steam: A handheld steamer can help remove any creases and freshen the suit without damaging the fabric.
- Dry clean infrequently: Only dry clean the suit when absolutely necessary, the chemicals in dry cleaning can damage natural fibres over time.
- Rotate usage: Avoid excessive wear, rotate your suits and try to avoid wearing the same suit every day.
How to take care of a shirt?
- Wash your dress shirts properly: Follow the care instructions on the label of your dress shirt. Use a mild detergent and wash in cold water to avoid shrinkage and color fading.
- Avoid using a dryer: Hang your dress shirts on a hanger or lay them flat to dry. Avoid using a dryer, as high heat can shrink or damage the fabric.
- Iron or steam: Iron or steam your dress shirts to remove wrinkles. Use a low to medium heat setting and avoid pressing too hard on delicate fabrics like silk or linen.
- Store your dress shirts properly: Hang your dress shirts on hangers in your closet to prevent wrinkles. Choose hangers that are the right size for your shirt to prevent stretching or sagging.
- Keep dress shirts clean: Treat any stains on your dress shirt as soon as possible with a stain remover or a mixture of vinegar and water. This can prevent the stain from setting in and becoming permanent.
- Rotate your dress shirts: Wearing the same dress shirt repeatedly can cause wear and tear. To extend the life of your dress shirts, rotate them regularly and avoid wearing the same one two days in a row.
How to take care of your jeans?
- Wash your jeans sparingly: Avoid washing your jeans too often, as this can cause the color to fade and the fabric to wear out. Instead, spot clean any stains with a damp cloth or sponge.
- Turn your jeans inside out: Before washing, turn your jeans and chinos inside out to protect the color and fabric.
- Wash in cold water: Wash your jeans in cold water to prevent color fading and shrinkage. Avoid using hot water or the dryer, which can shrink or damage the fabric.
- Hang or lay flat to dry: Hang your jeans on a clothesline or lay them flat to dry. Avoid using the dryer, which can shrink or damage the fabric.
- Iron if necessary: Iron your jeans on a low to medium heat setting if they are wrinkled. Be careful not to scorch the fabric or leave iron marks.
- Store properly: Fold your jeans neatly and store them in a drawer or on a shelf. Avoid hanging them for long periods, as this can cause the fabric to stretch out of shape.
How to take care of your knitwear?
- Hand wash: Use warm water and mild soap. Carefully rinse the garment and let it soak for about 5 minutes.
- Rinse and Dry: When you’re done squeeze as much water as you can from the garment but avoid twisting or wringing.
- Drying: Wrap the garment in a towel, gently squeeze the towel to remove excess water. Unwrap, lay it flat on a new towel and let it air dry in a cool place.
- Store properly: When fully dry, ensure that your knitwear is folded and not put on a hanger as it will only bag and loose shape.