How to look after your clothes
- After wearing your tailored garments always brush with a quality bristle clothes brush.
- Always hang your clothes on the correct shape hangers with plenty of space to avoid crushing and creasing.
- Use an electric trouser press to keep the crease in your trousers.
- If your clothes are creased after travelling, either hang in a bathroom with plenty of steam or press steam onto the garments with a steam iron.
- Do not let the base of the iron touch the fabric as this will gloss the material.
- After steaming, make sure that the garments have dried out before wearing otherwise they will crease again very easily.
- Check the labels for the care codes.
- Always dry clean all the pieces of an outfit at the same time, even if one part is not dirty.
- Remove garments from wire hangers as soon as possible and put on a correctly shaped hanger, otherwise, the shoulders and pads could become distorted.
- When collecting a jacket after cleaning check that the shoulders pads are not twisted.
- Avoid dry-cleaning too often as this will shorten the life of your garments.
- Check the labels for the care codes.
- Button shirt fronts and turn the collars into the garment. This will prevent the collar points from wearing away when in contact with the metal drum of a washing machine or dryer.
- Always wash light and dark colours separately.
- There is an excellent free website www.diynot.com that has detailed explanations of how to remove stains of every type from washable and non-washable garments.
- It is a good idea to add this site to your favourites for future reference.
- Use any stain removal materials very sparingly. Do not rub too hard as you will be pushing the stain further into the fabric causing the stain to be permanent.
- If in any doubt do not attempt to remove the stain but consult a reputable dry cleaner for advice as soon as possible before the stain dries into the fabric.
GARMENT CARE CODES
The care symbols on garment labels can be very misleading and incorrect garment care can permanently damage your garments. Always read the labels carefully and if in doubt seek professional help.
|Very hot. Maximum wash. Spin or wring.||White cotton and linen articles without special finishes.|
|Very Hot. Minimum wash. Drip-dry.||Cotton articles with special finishes capable of being boiled but requiring drip-drying.|
|Hot. Maximum wash. Spin or wring.||Cotton, linen or viscose articles without special finishes where colours are fast at 60°C.|
|Hot. Medium wash. Cold rinse, short spin or drip-dry.||White nylon, white polyester/cotton mixtures.|
|Hand-hot. Medium wash. Cold rinse, short spin or drip-dry.||Coloured nylon, polyester, cotton and viscose acrylic/cotton mixtures.|
|Warm. Maximum wash. Spin or wring.||Cotton, linen or viscose articles where colours are fast at 40°C but not at 60°C.|
|Warm. Minimum wash. Spin. Do not hand wring.||Acrylics, acetate and triacetate, including mixtures with wool, polyester/wool blends.|
|Warm. Minimum wash. Spin. Do not hand-wring.||Wool, including blankets and wool mixtures with cotton or viscose, silk.|
|Cool. Minimum wash. Cold rinse, short spin. Do not wring.||Silk and printed acetate fabrics with colours not fast at 40°C.|
|Hand wash.||Articles which must not be machine-washed.|
|Do not wash.||If dry cleanable steaming or pre-spotting may cause problems of dye bleeding.|
HOT (200°C). Cotton, Linen, Viscose.
WARM (150°C). Wool, Polyester mixtures.
COOL (110°C). Acrylic, Nylon, Triacetate, Polyester.
Do not iron.
|Normal textiles dry cleanable in all solvents. Normally used for dry cleaning.|
|Normal textiles dry cleanable in perchloroethylene, white spirit.|
Solvent R 113, Solvent 11.
|Textiles which are sensitive to drycleaning which may be cleaned with the same solvents shown for P but with a strict limitation. Examples: acrylic, velvet, unlimited woollens.|
|Normal textiles dry cleanable in white spirit. HCS and Solvent R 113.|
|Textiles which are sensitive to drycleaning which may be cleaned with the same solvents shown for F but with a strict limitation. Examples: glitter fabric.|
|Do not dry clean, be careful with spot removal. Example, PVC coating: rubberised fabrics.|
|Chlorine bleaching is allowed|
|Do not use chlorine bleach|
|Do not tumble dry.|