PRODUCT CARE GUIDE
LEARN HOW TO TAKE CARE OF YOUR LUXURY GARMENTS
In order to ensure your purchase continues to look and feel at its best, we would recommend you take care of our garments in the following ways, always bearing in mind a general rule, that natural fibres need a rest after wear and that if you alternate your wardrobe daily, your clothing and shoes will serve you even better.
Suits and Jackets
Caring for your suit and jacket properly is essential to maintain their appearance and extend their lifespan. Here's a useful guide to help you keep your clothing in top condition
Hang your Jacket Right
After a day's wear, place your suit or jacket on its original hanger or use a wooden hanger with a suitably curved shoulder. Let the garment hang in the open for a while to allow any natural moisture and Odors to evaporate before placing it in the wardrobe. This helps prevent musty Odors and wrinkles.
Empty the Pockets:
Remove everything from the pockets, and try to avoid carrying heavy or bulky items in them. This will help your suit retain its natural shape and prevent pocket bulges.
Address Stains Promptly:
Treat any stains as soon as possible. Dry marks can often be cleared by gently rubbing with another part of the same fabric. For moist stains, use a dry cloth to blot and absorb as much of the moisture as possible. Quick action can prevent stains from setting.
Remove Lint and Hair:
Use a lint roller or adhesive tape to remove any lint or hair from the fabric. This should be done as soon as you notice any buildup to prevent staining and maintain a clean appearance.
Brush Your Suit:
Before storing your suit, give it a gentle brush with a soft clothes brush to remove dust and debris. Brushing also helps raise the fibres of the fabric and prevents shine, especially on high-wear areas like the elbows and seat.
When ironing fine fabrics, use the principle that steam removes creases while drying sets them in. Use a piece of silk or cotton fabric between the iron and your suit to protect it from direct heat. Iron at a low temperature and use steam sparingly.
Dealing with Marks:
For certain types of marks on fabrics, you can cautiously apply a damp cloth to gently blot the affected area. Always test in an inconspicuous spot first. Grease, oil, or inks will need a dry cleaner or specialist.
Dry Clean Sparingly:
Dry clean your suit sparingly, as the process removes some of the natural oils from the fabric and can lead to wear over time. When you do decide to dry clean, choose your cleaner carefully. An independent cleaner often has more experience with fine-quality garments and can help avoid unnecessary damage. If your suit has mother of pearl buttons, notify your cleaner to avoid unnecessary damage.
Use a Suit Cover:
If you want to store your suit for an extended period, use a good-quality suit cover to protect it from dust and moths. Ensure that air can circulate within the cover to prevent any mustiness. Prior to storing your suit make sure it has aired for several days to avoid mildew forming.
When traveling in a car, it's advisable to remove your jacket. The combination of body heat, pressure from the car seat, and seat belts can cause creases and shine across the shoulders and lapels. Transport your jacket separately to keep it looking sharp.
By following these tips, you can ensure that your suit and jacket remain in excellent condition, allowing you to look your best and enjoy their durability for years to come.
Properly Hanging Your Trousers:
Once you've worn your trousers for the day, they may have developed creases. Simply tossing them onto a standard hanger or leaving them in a heap on the floor can exacerbate the creasing when you wear them next. To address this, we recommend using a clamp hanger for your trousers. Hang them from the trouser hems, and here's a handy tip: keep your dress belt attached for added weight, which will help naturally straighten out those creases. Leave them in this state for a few days before returning them to a normal trouser hanger for storing.
- Remember to take note of the washing instructions, as not all knitwear will be the same. Washing at too high a temperature and with too much soap is usually the cause of any shrinking problems.
- Knitwear should be dried flat and away from sunlight to keep it at its best.
- Pilling is occasionally a problem with knitwear, but it is usually part of a natural process caused by some of the shorter and superfluous fibres coming to the surface of the yarn and perhaps working into little balls. Pilling fibres should remove themselves naturally or come off in the washing process without detriment to the garments wearing qualities.
- To store your winter cashmere’s over the summer, they should be cleaned first and then placed in a sealed container away from any moisture and sunlight.
- To avoid stretching your cashmere garment, it is wise to remove pullovers and sweaters over the head by pulling at the waist and not the neck. Never hang knitwear it will inevitably lengthen.
- View the Full Cashmere Cleaning Guide
- Avoid wearing a seat belt over your tie. The material of a seat belt rubbing on the fine silk of a tie can have a remarkably abrasive effect.
- If it is really necessary to clean a silk tie, we recommend a specialist dry cleaning service.
- Before washing your shirt, make sure that you undo all of the buttons to avoid undue strain on the fabric and stitching.
- To protect the buttons, turn your shirts inside out before placing them in the washing machine.
- For the best and easiest results with fine cotton fabrics, iron your shirts whilst still damp from the washing process. Start with the inside of the collar and then iron the collar points on the front, following that iron the yoke, cuffs and sleeves before ironing the main body of the shirt.
- View the Gentleman's Guide to Ironing Shirts
- Our formal shoes are produced using traditional techniques and, when well cared for, they will serve you well you for many years. To keep them at their best, we recommend that you wear them in gently so the leather can adjust to the shape of your feet.
- Leather soled shoes should be well worn before being exposed to damp conditions. The compacting of the sole in wear makes them much more efficient at keeping the wet out.
- Rotate your shoes; after wear let them dry naturally and give them a rest the following day, use wooden shoe trees so as to help retain their shape.
- Wooden shoe trees and shoe care products are available from our online shop.
- Crockett & Jones have an excellent repair service and will give your shoes another life. It is essential to have the soles repaired before the wear in the centre of the sole puts too much pressure on the welt seams.
- View our Guide to Santoni Shoe Care
- View our Guide to Polishing your Shoes