CLOTHING CARE TIPS

 

Look after your leather clothes

Look after your silk clothes

Look after cotton and linen

Look after fragile wool (cachemire, mohair, alpaga, angora...)

Look after viscose and polyester

Look after silver jewels

Look after gold jewels

Look after brass jewels

Look after leather bags

 

Look after your leather clothes

Do not forget that well-maintained leather will last 3 times longer than a neglected one. Here are a few tips to help you look after your leather clothes :

-       A leather piece takes the shape of your body. Be sure to always store your leather clothes on a hanger to prevent deformation 

-       Do not expose your leather piece in the sun. Heat hardens and discolours leather.

-       Specific to jackets: always think about waterproofing your leather jacket before wearing it. Do it with a waterproofing and colourless spray adapted to the leather of your jacket.

-       Never put a leather piece in the washing machine, never wash it by hand nor iron it. For stains that don’t need to be cleaned by a specialist, use saddle soap. Wash the inner coat with a cloth and a classic hand washing soap but be careful not to wet the leather itself ! Lastly, let the piece dry on a hanger.

 

Look after your silk clothes

Here are some basic tips that will make your silk clothes last in time:

-       Do not put spray deodorant or perfume on a silk piece

-       Never spray anything directly on a silk piece. Do not remove any stain with water and never spray water on it while ironing.

-       Never spin a silk piece

-       Try not to expose your silk piece in the sun.

Never machine-wash you silk clothes. Here are a few tips to hand wash them:

-       Use special silk soap

-       During 3-5 minutes, let your silk soak in tepid water and scrub it slowly with soap. As for dark or printed silk, it will have to be washed rapidly in cold water without soaking (so it doesn’t lose its colour).

-       Remove the soap with cold water. To dry it, wrap the silk piece in a dry towel without spinning it.

-       Always iron silk on the underside.

 

Look after cotton and linen

Whether you hand wash or machine-wash your piece, we recommend you to put stain-remover on the biggest stains. Here is how you can wash your cotton and linen clothes without damaging them:

-       They can be washed in the washing machine at 30 degrees. Do not mix articles of different colours, so they don’t discolour on each other.

-       If you wash them by hand, never let your cotton and linen pieces soak in water and never twist them.

-       We don’t recommend machine drying, in favour of natural drying. To dry your cotton and linen pieces, always make them lay flat and put them away from the sun that could make them fade.

-       Iron them at mild temperature. Do not stretch your pieces out or it could deform them.



Look after fragile wool (cachemire, mohair, alpaga, angora...)

Unlike what one might think, the more you wash a wool pullover, the better it looks. But wait until you have worn it two or three times before washing it.

-       In the washing machine, a wool piece has to be washed cold with very little washing powder.

-       We don’t recommend machine drying, in favour of natural drying. To dry your wool pieces, always make them lay flat. Then iron it on low setting.

-       If you wash it by hand, wash your wool piece in cold water with special wool soap. Washing has to be quick and delicate: do not let your wool piece soak in the washing powder and do not wring it (it could deform it).

-       Rinse your wool piece with cold water until the water is completely clear. To dry it, wrap the wool piece in a dry towel without spinning it.



Look after viscose and polyester

-       Viscose is machine washable at 30°C in gentle program. Be careful not to squeeze it or to put it in the dryer. Make it air dry, on a flat surface. Iron it on the underside while the piece is still moist at a low temperature.

-       Polyester is machine washable at 30°C. It can be air-dried and doesn’t need to be ironed. If necessary, always iron it at a low temperature.



Look after silver jewels

After a few years, silver jewels tend to blacken, get dirty or scratched. Those stains can be annoying, especially when you care about your jewels. Here are a few tips to look after your silver jewels:

-       Put some transparent varnish on your silver jewels to protect them and slow the appearance of the blackness.

-       Wash your silver jewels with sodium bicarbonate mixed with water. Apply it with a toothbrush. Cold ash and lemon juice work as well.

To reduce the scratches, a few ingredients are efficient: polish for metals, toothpaste mixed to sodium bicarbonate or simply scratch remover.

 

Look after gold jewels

After a few years, gold jewels tend to blacken. Here a few tips to wash your gold jewels:

-       Mix mild detergent with some water, and put your gold jewel in it for five minutes. Then scrub it with a soft toothbrush, and rinse it.

-       Mix sodium bicarbonate with some water, and apply it on your jewel with a toothbrush.

-       If your gold jewel stopped shining, scratch it with bread.

If you don’t want to have to clean your jewels too often, we advise you to look after it daily. Avoid noxious environments for gold like chemical or household products, pools or cosmetics (hairspray, deodorant or perfume).

 

Look after brass jewels

After a few years, brass jewels can lose their brightness. Here are a few tips to make them last longer:

-       Mix some salt with vinegar to obtain a paste, and scrub it on your brass jewels. Wait an hour before rinsing it.

-       Lemon rind soaked in salt can make brass look brighter as well.

Lemon juice and vinegar can also make brass look new again when it is turning copper, green or grey.



Look after leather bags

Here are a few basic tips to look after and make your leather bags last longer:

-       The first step is to know how to tidy your bag. It has to be kept away from the sunlight. Ideally put it on a hanger in your dressing, or tidy it on a flat surface not to crush it.

-       To maintain it, always use “special leather” products only. Before using them, always test it on a hidden part of the bag.

Always waterproof a leather bag before wearing it (but do not spray it too close at the risk of staining it). When a leather bag is wet, you have to dry it right away. Never dry a leather bag with a direct heat source like a hair dryer.


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