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.
- 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.
- 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
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.
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.
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.
SHEEP SKIN AND SHEARLING
PATENT LEATHER PATENT LEATHER
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.