How do you take care of your beautiful vintage pieces?
- Vintage clothing has probably been washed many times and therefore needs to be taken care of gently so the garment can hang out with you for as long as possible.
- Vintage clothes are best stored in a dark, dry, dust-free, and cool environment.
- Moisture is delicate fabric’s worst enemy. It can destroy it, or in the best case introduce moisture stains that are hard to remove.
- Although plastic covers or other forms of plastic wrapping can keep the dust away, they will damage your clothes after some time. Also, plastic can create moisture - so keep the clothes where they can breathe freely, it makes them very happy.
- We love the sun, but please avoid hanging the clothes out in sunlight, or you will see the beautiful colours and patterns fade away.
- Vintage clothes can sometimes smell a little stuffy. To neutralise the smell, hang the garments in a room/wardrobe with a bowl of white vinegar for a few days. As if by magic, the vinegar will absorb any smells (and we promise, the clothes will not smell of vinegar).
- Another good idea is to place some lavender or rosemary and mint sachets near the garments to keep them smelling gorgeous. An added bonus: these herbs are also natural insect repellents.
- Hang your vintage clothes on cloth-covered padded hangers for best protection. Metal hangers can leave rust stains on your clothes, and their thinness can create creases at the shoulders that are hard to get out.
How to Wash Vintage Clothing
This is the tricky part; there are many opinions about how to wash vintage clothes when you ask habitual vintage wearers. We recommend that you hand-wash your vintage clothes with cool to medium warm water, and use products known to be gentle on fabrics. This helps prolonging not only their lives, but also their colours.
Exceptions: silk, velvet, satin, and garments with embroidery, these should be dry-cleaned. It is important that you find a specialist dry-cleaning service you trust and feel safe with. Generally, not washing the clothes too often will keep them in good condition. If you you have a favourite garment that you like to wear frequently, hang it out for airing after use, and wash it only when it's really necessary.
How to Dry
Lying garments flat on drying racks (and away from direct sunlight) is best in most cases. Air will be able to circulate freely around the garments and dry them quickly and evenly. Some garments can also be hung on plastic hangers for drip-drying. This is definitely not recommended with knitted fabrics such as wool or cotton, or other fabrics that tend to stretch when wet. The water in the fabric makes it very heavy and the garment will distort and lose its lovely shape. Unless you want your favourite knitted jumper to become your favourite knitted dress, dry it lying flat!
Best of luck!