Saturday, March 16, 2013

caring for vintage.

Owning vintage can be really special, you own a piece of history. This also means you need to take special care when cleaning and storing vintage clothing. Here are a few tips I've gathered over the years (some of them I learned the hard way!)

1. Always read the care label (if there is one) and follow the instructions.

2. If it says handwash, then handwash! When it comes to very old pieces or lots of embellishments, it's always best to handwash these items.

3. Special materials like leather and suede should be brought to a dry cleaners. These can be also kept clean with a damp cloth and protector spray in between trips to the dry cleaners.

4. When washing pieces with embellishments (sequins, beading, embroidery) in the washing machine, it's always best to turn them inside out to avoid damaging the detailing.

5. Use low settings to iron all vintage items.

6. Always fold wool sweaters and cardigans when storing to prevent the fabric from sagging

7. Hang delicate pieces, such as dresses and blouses on wooden hangers.

8. If you find a hole or a stitch coming loose, repair it as soon as possible to avoid the problem getting any bigger.

Remember, your vintage pieces have lasted a long time so you want to help them continue their journey!

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