HOW TO CARE FOR YOUR ITEMSavilas
ITEM CARE SUITS
A suit that’s been cared for properly can outlive the man who bought it.
- While you’re wearing your suits carry as little as possible in the pockets, preferably nothing in the jacket pockets.
- After wearing your suit:
- Brush your suit after each wearing, using a natural bristle brush.
- Hang your suit up, clean and unbuttoned, after each wearing. Use a curved, wide-shoulder hanger, with the curve facing forward.
- If you’re not a frequent suit-wearer, keep your suit looking fresh and well-maintained with a quick brush and airing every now and then.
- Try to ‘rest’ your suit between each wearing. This will let the cloth fibers settle and the suit’s shape relax back into place.
- Cleaning your suit:
- Always read and follow the instructions on your suit’s care label.
- Only have your suit dry-cleaned if it’s actually dirty, and ask your dry cleaner to just spot-clean the stained area if possible.
- It’s best to have your suit pressed by your dry-cleaner.
ITEM CARE SHIRTS
- Avoid washing cotton and cotton blend shirts in high temperatures – this will prematurely age the fabric and buttons. If the shirt isn’t too dirty, a gentle, warm wash followed by drip-dry is best.
- Make sure shirts are buttoned up before you put them in the washing machine; this helps to preserve the buttons and retain the shirt’s shape.
- Always follow the instructions on your tie’s care label.
- Hang your tie up on a coat or tie hanger, to allow the creases to fall away and the tie to regain its shape.
- Spray new shoes with a waterproof protector. It will keep the surface from getting tarnished if they do get wet in the rain.
- Alternate pairs. You want your shoes to have time to breathe between wearings. Also, let shoes dry for several hours before putting them in the damp recesses of your closet.
- Clean the insides. This is especially important if odour is a problem. Swab them with alcohol or a drop of tea tree oil, an anti-fungal agent. Take care not to splash to avoid staining the leather.
- Polish leather. The salt in sweat dries out leather over time; polishing regularly keeps it supple.
- Treat stains with stain solution.
- Prepare to wash them inside out.
- Cotton trousers can withstand tumble drying with high heat.
- To ease ironing, remove from the dryer while still damp or line dry.
- To remove wrinkles, iron on the highest temperature setting, or steam.
Wash and iron inside out and wash with similar colors. Use a detergent without bleach.
Our key tip? Wash your jeans as rarely as possible. If you have only worn your jeans for a few hours, you don’t need to throw them in the laundry. When they break, we encourage you to have them repaired; either by a professional or by yourself (it’s not that difficult!). This not only extends their life but also looks great.
- If you’ve spilt something on your jeans, just use a super mild detergent and small cloth to dab it away. Do Not Wash.
- When you’ve felt like you’ve reached peak-wear and it’s time to finally give them a wash, make sure to use the mildest soap you can find, turn your denim inside out and put it on a cold, gentle cycle.
- Don’t scrub or squeeze them out or you’ll disturb the natural colour and fibres.