There’s a lot of great things to be said for vintage clothes, especially since they never truly go out of fashion. One downside though is that they can be tricky to clean and you regularly have to carry them to the dry cleaners.
Thankfully, on-demand dry cleaning services make it easier to care for your retro items and some, such as Laundrapp, will even collect and deliver your clothes for you whenever you want. Laundrapp is currently only available in London and Edinburgh, but is expanding globally – and is free to download on iPhone and Android.
You can even get a 33% discount with Laundrapp when you use the code ‘NATBEE’ too.
However, if you prefer to take care of your clothes personally, there are some tricks you can follow to make sure you get the best possible look from your retro wardrobe…
Unless your denim jacket or flared jeans have a visible stain on them, you’re actually better off not washing them at all. Instead, Levi’s own CEO recommends folding them in a plastic bag and freezing them overnight to kill any smells.
Wool can be very easily damaged by standard detergents, so if you can’t use a professional cleaning service such as Laundrapp then the best option is to hand wash using baby shampoo. If it does take damage, repair it by hanging it in a steamy bathroom to shrink the fibres back together.
Silk cocktail dresses can be gorgeous, but are tremendously difficult to clean. It’s vital to use a gentle soap such as Stergene for handwashing the whole item – never spot clean or you’ll leave permanent ring marks. Don’t rub stains out aggressively either, as that’ll damage the fibre and leave a mark too.
Corduroy is usually very easy to clean – just turn inside out and machine wash as normal. Other damage must be repaired quickly though, as corduroy is quick to unravel. Again, Laundrapp or a local dry cleaner can help cover minor repairs if you’re not comfortable with a needle.
Like it or now, suede is one fabric that absolutely needs the special attention of a dry cleaning service or specialist – just like normal leather. One absolutely essential tip that a lot of people forget though is to add a protective layer afterwards. Grab a protective suede to help maintain the material.
*This is a sponsored article and I have received compensation, however, all opinions expressed are in accordance with mine. All pictures used are found via Pinterest. Thanks for reading!