Ted’s Top Tips for Getting the Most Out of Your Garments

When it comes to keeping your clothes looking their best, Ted knows a bit of loving care goes a long way. So he’s put together a simple guide to help prolong the life of your favourite Ted pieces, helping the environment and your purse strings too.

Clothing

KNITWEAR
 
Ted knows how much you love a knit. By giving them a rest between wears, they’ll stay looking fresh for longer. Rather than hanging your jumpers, fold and store them on a cool dry shelf. Wash by hand and allow garments to dry flat, out of direct sunlight. Reshape using a cool iron, and if in doubt, always follow the care instructions. When knit happens, Ted always has a latch handy to mend any snags or pulled stitches. Use a soft brush to spot-clean stains, and a fabric shaver to remove pilling build up in worn areas.
 
TAILORING
 
When it comes to looking the business, Ted’s tailor-made tips are one way to stay smart. First of all, rotation is key. With a few suits in your deck, they should all get the resting time they need. Brush your suit after every wear and allow it to hang for a day or two after wearing it, remembering to leave the jacket unbuttoned and hang the trousers along the crease or the seam. If you wear a suit regularly, buy a second pair of matching trousers, as they’re first to show signs of wear. Steam on a low setting to remove wrinkles and spot clean small stains when necessary. Avoid over-filling the pockets, as this could distort the appearance of the piece. Keep special occasion staples in a suit bag, and don’t pack away too tightly in the closet.
 
FORMAL SHIRTS
 
A well looked after shirt will keep you looking shipshape for longer. Make sure to undo all the buttons before putting in the wash. Button holes can be quite easy stretched, and buttons can become loose. Don’t forget to take out your cufflinks and collar bones first.  
 
OUTERWEAR
 
Outerwear is where it gets slightly trickier. Waterproofs can’t be dry-cleaned, but wools and blends are dry-cleaning only. Meanwhile, showerproof and water-resistant garments can be dry-cleaned. Confused yet? If in doubt, always follow the care instructions. Hang on appropriate tailoring hangers where possible.
 
LEATHER JACKETS
 
Leather garments can be sensitive and will need extra attention from time to time. They don’t like damp or humid conditions and will need professionally dry-cleaning once or twice a year. Show them some love and they’ll last a life time.
 
DENIM
 
Even the highest quality denim will fade naturally over time. So wash on a cold cycle only when needed, and where possible, wash inside-out. Remove any spot stains with a damp cloth and a mild soap. Leave to dry away from direct sunlight to preserve the fit. Darker denims will lose a bit of colour in the wash, so wash with a dark load to be on the safe side.
 
SWIMWEAR
 
After a dip in the pool or a swim out at sea, rinse your swimwear in fresh water and dry away from direct sunlight. With printed or patterned swimwear, colours may naturally fade after use.
 
SILKS & DELICATE MATERIALS
 
Some of Ted’s more delicate fabrics can be hand-washed in cool water, but others will need to be dry-cleaned. When in doubt, follow the care instructions. Avoid steaming viscose garments and avoid ironing lace items, too. A net bag will come in handy when machine-washing delicates. Dry away from direct sunlight and reshape whilst still damp. If it needs an iron, make sure it’s slightly damp and the iron is on a low setting. For extra caution, iron items on their reverse.
 
VELVET
 
No ifs or buts; velvet can be only dry-cleaned. Steaming and ironing can also be tricky, so make sure to check the care label before going full steam ahead. Small spot stains can be cleaned with a clothes brush, just make sure to keep the pressure to a minimum to maintain the pile of the velvet.
 
EMBELLISHED CLOTHING
 
Ted’s partial to a feathery flourish, but garments with embellished materials can be troublesome to care for. Garments adorned with beading, feathers or pearls can be dry-cleaned, as long as the surface embellishments are covered up. Sequinned garments can be hand washed cold or dry-cleaned. When it comes to embellished bags and accessories, take care to avoid snags and pulls.
 
TED’S GOLDEN RULES
 
  • When in doubt, always follow the care instructions.
  • Wash whites separately.
  • Wash dark clothing inside out, especially those dark denims.
  • Wash your clothes less frequently and on a lower temperature.
  • Where possible, hang clothes up to dry instead of tumble drying.
  • Get to know the settings on your washing machine. The eco-wash option is Ted’s favourite.
  • Washing at 30 degrees and under reduces Co2 emissions, saves energy and helps the environment.
  • Lower temperatures will keep prints looking brighter and clothes looking fresher for longer.
  • Reshape jersey and knitted garments while damp.
  • Fold and store heavy garments such as knitwear.
  • Avoid hanging chunky knits in the closet as they may stretch or fall out of shape.
  • Button/zip up shirts, outerwear before storing.
  • Ensure storage areas are cool and dry, Damp, warm or humid conditions attract those pesky moths.
  • Cedar wood and lavender are both natural moth repellents.
  • To avoid fading, avoid drying or storing clothes in direct sunlight for extended periods of time.
  • When ironing, turn your printed garments inside out first.
  • Iron garments on the reverse wherever possible to avoid shine.
  • Invest in good hangers and storage bags. Store seasonal clothing away when not needed.
  • Don’t over pack drawers, cupboards or wardrobes. Clothes like their space.
  • Make sure footwear has dried naturally before cleaning or wearing. Avoid washing machines and radiators.
  • Make sure your footwear is dry before storing. Shoe trees help maintain the original shape of your shoes.
  • Keep leather shoes in dust bags and store in original box.
  • Give your clothes a day off once in a while.

 

Accessories

LEATHER HANDBAGS AND ACCESSORIES
 
  • To keep your leather accessories looking their best, clean and moisturise using a specialist cleaner.
  • Store your bag in a cool dry place using a dust bag. Stuff with paper when not in use to maintain shape.
  • Take care not to overload your bag, avoiding unnecessary stress on handles or straps.
  • Use a leather protection spray on your accessories to help prevent fading.
  • Try to avoid rubbing delicate or smooth leather against rough or sharp surfaces. Leather scratches easily.
  • Avoid exposing your leather goods to humidity and direct sources of heat.
  • If caught out by the rain, remove any excess water by gently dabbing with a soft, dry cloth.
  • When wet, stuff with newspaper and allow your leather bag to dry naturally.
  • Try to prevent any perfume and make-up from getting on your leather goods.
  • Indigo dyes and other deep or bright colours can transfer on to lighter leathers and materials.
  • If stains occur, apply a clear leather cream using gentle circling motions and leave to dry naturally.

 

PU, PVC, NON-LEATHER BAGS & ACCESSORIES

As with all bags, overloading can cause stress to handles and straps. Take care to avoid rubbing delicate, smooth and patent materials against rough or sharp surfaces. Oh, and try to avoid too much direct sunlight.

TEXTILE BAGS, STRAW BAGS & ACCESSORIES

While undoubtedly stylish, textiles and straw bags can be a pain. When cleaning, wipe with a soft, damp cloth, making sure to not get your accessory too wet. Avoid using the washing machine; in fact, avoid submersing your bag in water at all. Use a mild soap to remove dirt or stains, taking care to wipe down the entire bag quickly to avoid water spots building up. Be sure to test on an inconspicuous area of the bag first and always follow the care instructions. When not in use, stuff your bag with tissue paper and store upright. This helps to retain the shape of your bag; especially ones made from delicate materials such as straw or rattan.
 
METALLIC LEATHER BAGS & ACCESSORIES

Metallic leathers need more care than you think. On materials where a metallic foil has been applied to the surface of the leather, extra care is needed to avoid excessive wear. Oh, and steer well clear of sharp surfaces.

PATENT LEATHER HANDBAGS & ACCESSORIES

Take care with patent leather, as it’s especially prone to colour transfer. Avoid storing your accessories too close to one another. Clean with a soft, damp cloth and dry for a clear finish.

SUEDE HANDBAGS & ACCESSORIES

Suede is especially susceptible to colour transfer, so it’s best to avoid use during wet weather. Clean and restore the original appearance of suede by brushing gently with a suede brush and finish off with a water-resistant protective neutral spray.

HAIR ON HIDE BAGS & ACCESSORIES

To prevent premature loss of hair on hide, steer clear of rough or abrasive surfaces. Excessive rubbing can also cause damage. Given the nature of natural hair fibres, they can vary in length and direction. Colour can also vary as the dye can react differently on natural products.

KNITTED ACCESSORIES (GLOVES, HATS, SCARVES)

Not to be a stickler for the rules, but always follow the washing instructions detailed on the care label. When fresh out of the wash, reshape whilst damp. Remove any pilling using a knitwear comb, and when not in use store in a cool, dry place out of direct sunlight.

EYEWEAR

Life’s rosier with Ted-tinted glasses, but eyewear still needs some love and care. Rinse sunglasses with warm water before cleaning and only use sprays and cleansers that are specifically made for cleaning glasses. When wiping clean, use a cleaning cloth instead of a paper towel or napkin. Never lay your sunglasses face down on a surface, and remember to store in their protective case when not in use.

COSTUME & PRECIOUS METALS

Take extra care with your jewellery and it’ll stay looking its best for longer. Avoid contact with make-up, perfume or hairspray which can damage the finish of your jewellery. Wipe clean with a soft cloth, and store in the dust bag or box when not in use.

Footwear

LEATHER
 
Leather is more sensitive than you think, so it needs a little love and care. When using a new cleaning product, start by testing a small, non-visible area first. Remove all dirt with a soft brush or cloth and allow to dry prior to cleaning. Once clean, leave to dry naturally, away from direct heat. Remember that leather will soften over time, so use shoe trees in formal footwear to help maintain shape, and always use a shoe horn when fitting footwear. For stiletto-heel footwear, Ted recommends heel protectors.
 
ANILINE LEATHER 
 
Aniline leather will mature over time, but will fade quicker with prolonged exposure to sunlight. Protect with either a spray, waxed leather protector or revitalising cream. Tinted polish can discolour lighter coloured leathers, so find a close match or avoid using tinted products altogether. This type or leather tends absorbs oils and stains, so if the leather becomes soiled, remove the stain as best you can with a dry cloth, without wiping it further into the leather. Then wait. The spot should dissipate into the leather in a short time. Don’t try to clean with water and never use things like saddle soap, furniture polish, oil, varnish, ammonia, or cleaning solvents. Got all that?
 
WHITE LEATHER
 
When it comes to leather, it’s best to stick to the same rules as above, but to be on the safe side, Ted’s got an extra trick up his sleeve. Spray a soft mist of hairspray on your white leather to protect it further, and wipe clean with a soft cloth. Be careful not to overdo it or to rub the hairspray into the leather. When cleaning, use plain soap and water. Mix a couple drops of liquid dish soap with warm water, and dip a soft cloth into it. Wring the excess water from the cloth, and gently rub the leather to remove any built-up dirt.

 
HAIR ON HIDE
 
Protect with a revitalising spray and brush lightly with soft brush. No cleaning products required. Simple, yet effective.
 

SHEEP SKIN AND SHEARLING

 
With sheep skin and shearling, you need to be as gentle as a lamb. Protect the woolly side with a spray and for the reverse, follow the same care steps as suede. The woolly side can be lightly brushed to give a shabby appearance a bit of a boost, but can only be cleaned with very mild soapy water. Overdoing it on the soap or water may cause staining and the wool to become matted.

PATENT LEATHER PATENT LEATHER
 
Protect and clean with patent gloss spray. Quick and easy, but it does the trick.
 
SUEDE & NUBUCK SUEDE
 
Protect your suede and nubuck suede with a suitable spray. Remember to be gentle to avoid any loss of colour or surface damage. While there are many suede cleaning products on the market, cleaning products must be checked for suitability and application instructions must be followed carefully. Remove any marks with a suede block and brush rush the pile with a suede brush, to revive flattened or dull surfaces.

NUBUCK
 
Nubuck leather is another tricky one. This is made from hides that have no pigment applied, meaning colour varies from hide to hide and dye to dye. Prolonged exposure to sunlight will cause these leathers to fade, so protect with a suitable spray, brushing with a soft suede brush to revive surfaces. Marks can be removed with a suede block. Colour may transfer from your clothes, especially dark denim, onto shoes and boots or even your favourite sofa.

NON-LEATHER NATURAL FIBRES

Cleaning raffia that’s been soiled by liquid stains is tough. Use a combination of baking soda and white vinegar. Sprinkle baking soda on the soiled area, then add a couple of teaspoons of the vinegar to make a paste. Work the paste into the stain. The drying of the paste will clean the raffia by lifting out the stain. Once dried, brush off the residue. Depending on the stain, it may take several applications.