• The older a cloth gets the weaker it becomes. The best possible way to pro long the life of the garment is to either gently hand wash the garment if the garment is washable or to have it professionally dry cleaned on a regular basis. Avoid attempting to remove stains your self using water you may end up doing more harm than good.

  • Do not attempt to remove any stains by simply putting in water and rubbing the stains particularly if the garment is not washable i.e. silk. When you do that you rough up the fabric, loosen the dye and break hundreds of fibres. In these circumstances it is best just to blot it with a dry white napkin or tissue and have it professionally cleaned at the dry cleaners.

  • Never use water on an oily based stain even in emergency.

  • Fresh stains are easier to remove than old ones.

  • Time and heat can set some stains permanently.

  • Always follow washing care labels

  • Hot water cleans better than cold. Cold water is fine for rinsing.

  • Don’t over dry clothes particularly regular cotton shirts, over drying can increase wrinkles and shrinkage. Remove stretch items from the dryer when just barely dry.

  • Remove clothes as soon as they are dry, hang or fold right away to prevent wrinkles and time-consuming ironing.

  • Keep items with thin or fragile shoulder areas folded over by the waist or shelved. Gravity pulls on hung items, eventually causing hanger humps.

  • Keep clothes away from light if they’re not being worn. Ultraviolet light deteriorates fabric over time.

  • Don’t ever store vintage items in plastic bags or containers. Natural fibers naturally expand and contract with changing temperatures, and if they are trapped in plastic, they can’t breathe.

  • Don’t let worn clothes sit unwashed. Even invisible stains (like perspiration) will show up after many years. If you don’t allow the stain to set, it won’t leave any trace.

  • Put moth balls in a close-by location. You can place them between folds of muslin in the storage box, but they should not touch the clothes themselves.

  • Always take your garments out of the plastic bags after they have been dry cleaned before you hang them in your wardrobe in order for your garments to breath.