There is nothing better than finding a vintage piece that you just love. However, you must bare in mind that most items can’t be washed and dried with the rest of your laundry. Knowing how to take care of your vintage pieces is a must, to ensure that they don’t fade, shrink or tear.
Here are a few top tips on caring for your vintage:
While some garments can be put on a low wash in the machine, it wouldn’t be recommended on a regular basis. One of the best ways to wash your items appropriately is by hand.
To do this, all you will need is lukewarm water and a very mild detergent. Allow your piece to soak in the water for a number of minutes before you start washing. If you notice any stains, squeeze out the excess water once you have soaked the garment. Pat the stain with a clean cloth and add extra detergent if needs be. Never rub sections of the garment against each other as you will be at risk of discoloration.
If you have just bought the garment, it may be best to do a few rounds of washing before you wear it. You never know where it has been before being sold in the shop or online and may have collected years worth of dust!
Drying your items with the wrong technique could cause risks to your garment; such as fraying. Ensure that you allow your piece to dry naturally; either over a clothes horse or on the washing line. You could choose to use a tumble dryer on a very low spin, however it wouldn’t be worth the risk, especially if you love a particular item and don’t know how it will turn out. Another option is that you could wrap the garment in a clean towel and pat it gently to avoid creasing.
If you would like any further information on vintage clothing, please:
‘Like’ our page on Facebook
‘Tweet’ us on Twitter
‘Follow’ us on Instagram