Caring for Vintage Clothing
We recommend hand washing vintage items in cold water. Delicate fabrics such as silk may react negatively to water, so always test first on an inconspicuous area if you’re unsure.
Removing Stains and Odors
If a normal hand washing does not remove stains, we recommend using a gentle stain remover such as Shout. To help remove stubborn odors, soak the item in a mixture of stain remover and water (from several minutes to several hours), then hand wash in the hottest water the fabric will allow.
If an item is very delicate, or made of a fabric that would be damaged by water, you can give it a thorough airing by hanging it outside in a gentle breeze, or in a large airy indoor space. Airing is a great alternative to washing any vintage item, as washing inevitably puts more strain on the fabric.
Store your vintage items in a dark, dry space. It’s best to give lots of breathing room, instead of folding and packing items away too tightly. This will help to avoid stretching or creasing.
If you choose to store your clothing on hangers, make sure the hangers do not cut into the garments’ shoulders; this could cause stretching over time, or even tears in delicate fabrics such as silk.
Always handle and wear vintage items with the care they deserve. Vintage fabrics are delicate, and in most cases, have already had previous wear. To maintain the integrity of your items, do your best to avoid stretching, wringing, pulling, etc.