It’s pretty important to take care of your clothes. The biggest reason being saving money in the long term but another reason is presentation.
If you take care of your clothes they’re going to remain looking great over time.
If you’ve ever gone to the Salvation Army or Goodwill you may notice that the clothes are kind of dull/dingy looking.
Usually this is because the people who bought the garments before donating them didn’t properly take care of them.
My garments usually last between 2 and 4 years. This wasn’t always the case. I only started to get this much wear out of my garments after taking garment care seriously.
I’m actually pretty anal about laundering my clothes now and chances are once you buy a new garment, take care of it properly, and notice the difference, you will be as well.
I’m not saying that my clothes look perfect but instead of looking dull and dingy over time they age well and develop character.
Learn To Read The Garment Care Label
The most important thing is being able to interpret the garment care label on your clothing.
You can use this diagram to find out what the garment care symbols on your clothing labels mean:
You’re also usually safe just washing your clothes on cold in a gentle cycle.
This isn’t always the case however. Some garments (almost all sports jackets for example) are dry clean only so tread carefully.
You also should only wash clothes when they’re starting to get dirty. Never wash them just to wash them.
The most typical damage sources to clothing are the washer and dryer, in that order.
You also want to use color guard detergent like Woolite, Perwoll, Cheer or The Laundress Darks
You also may want to use a little less detergent than you usally do. Going all the way to the fill line on the cap is NOT necessary.
I personally never wash my nicer clothes on anything but cold and gentle. I do, however, use hot water on my work out clothes, underwear, socks and other laundry prone to soiling.
You’re also going to want to pretreat stains with something like Oxi-Clean and wash stained clothing as soon as it’s stained.
Before you throw clothing that was stained in the dryer make sure that the wash got rid of the stain. If you don’t you will SET THE STAIN. Losing garments this way is NOT fun.
I personally don’t even use the dryer unless I absolutely have to and when I do I use the lowest setting.
You also want to make sure you’re washing garments alone for the time or with like colors so any leftover dye doesn’t bleed on your other clothing.
The difference in laundering your clothes correctly is so substantial you may literally want to hurt people who don’t launder them correctly.
One. single. incorrect wash can ruin a garment. For example: I’ve found that single dryer cycle on some raw denims can completely ruin the finishing.
You always want to hand wash baseball caps.
- Fill a container with warm water and a bit of detergent (around a tablespoon but you don’t have to be exact.)
- Put your hat in the container and go at the visible dirty parts with a soft sponge or rag.
- Let the hat soak in the container for 30 minutes.
- Fill it with newspaper, an old shirt (or anything similar really) to keep it’s shape then set it over a towel to dry
For wool baseball caps make sure you use a cleaning product that’s made for wool instead of detergent.
Mix warm water and dish soap (I personally have never had to use soap on any of my jewelry but this appears to be the general consensus after about 2 hours of research) and use a soft bristle tooth brush to clean.
If you’re a cleaning a watch that’s not WR100M or more DO NOT hold it the under faucet or submerge it in water.
If you don’t know how water resistance your watch is DON’T hold it under water or submerge it.
For sunglasses I always just use lens cleaner from Amazon/Sunglass Hut/Target etc., everything else seems to fog the lenses.
Inexpensive Sneakers (Converses, AF1s etc.)
- Remove laces, insoles and put them in a mesh laundry bag
- Wash the unlaced shoes in cold water on a delicate cycle
- This only applies to cotton, synthetic and leather sneakers. If you wash suede shoes like this you WILL ruin them.
- You can also wash the lashes separately in a hot cycle (you can also just buy new laces)
- I don’t do all of that restoring crap like using Angelus paint. A little damage adds character
Non-Sneaker Leather Shoes
- Use a leather cleanser when they’re visible dirty and condition monthly. Any other time you need to clean them just use a lightly damped rag
- Polish them when they’re looking dull
- Use a shoe tree to minimize creasing and order. Shoe trees also make your shoes last longer by absorbing moisture from the shoe’s leather
I forgot to mention this on the video but make sure you wipe salt off of your shoes (ESPECIALLY leather shoes) as soon as you can. Salt tears through leather like nobody’s business.
Thank you for reading.