In the winter we bring out our heavier, sometimes higher maintenance clothing. So today our stylist, Darcy Camden, showed us some simple ways of keeping our sweaters and leather goods looking fantastic!
HOW TO CARE FOR WINTER CLOTHES
- Refresh by hanging by a steamy shower; if more un-wrinkling is required, use a steamer or an iron with a press cloth (don't put an iron directly onto fabric)
- Always check care instructions. If you're working with a mixed-blend sweater, care according to the majority (e.g. 70% wool/30% acrylic is treated like wool).
- For Washable Wool or Cashmere, hand wash in cool water. Turn inside out. Use a gentle detergent (Kai Fragrance hand wash, Woolite or Johnson's Baby Shampoo).
- Never wring, rub or soak wool. Lay flat to dry. Always make sure garments are completely dry before storing (wet wool can mildew--gross!). Wear a cashmere sweater at least 5 or 6 times before washing; over washing is bad for the sweater.
- Fold, don't hang for storing.
- Remove pills/balling with a sweater shaver or a Bic razor
- Dry clean at home with Dryel or Dry Cleaner's Secret
- Down is surprisingly machine washable. You may have to stop washer occasionally to press the air out of items being washed. (Add towels or other items to balance the load).
- Tumble dry low; add additional items such as a clean pair of tennis shoes, to help fluff the down.
LEATHER AND SUEDE
- Use a leather conditioner to stop damaging moisture and stains and to maintain breathability.
- Clean small leather stains with a leather cleaner and a damp cloth.
- Lightly brush suede to remove stains and avoid nap damage. Always allow suede to dry completely before cleaning. Remove stains with a mix of water and vinegar. Use a brush or a dry towel to groom the nap of the suede after cleaning.
- For tough stains, consult a dry cleaner who specializes in leather/suede care (most dry cleaners DON'T, so call ahead!).