We all wear a uniform to work; whether it is a suit that provides you with the confidence to deliver a sales pitch or trousers that give you the freedom to manoeuvre through a busy bar or restaurant, we need to ensure that our uniform lasts through the busiest and most stressful of days. Therefore, we have put together our tips for keeping your uniform in the best condition for longer lasting wear.
Read the Care Labels
Most JSD shirts are created with either 100% polyester or polyester/cotton mix, which means they are machine washable. However, ignoring the care labels is the quickest way of causing damage to your clothes, so don’t forget to read the care labels carefully to avoid shrinking and fraying.
We recommend washing tops after every wear as perspiration contains oils that may damage clothing over time. Button up and turn shirts inside out to stop them banging against the steel drum of the washing machine and becoming damaged. This also ensures that key areas e.g. under the arms, are cleaned thoroughly.
Although polyester shirts can be tumble dried on a low heat, it’s best they dry naturally in order to prevent gradual shrinking and colour fading. Typically polyester does not require ironing, however if needed, ironing on a warm setting is advised as polyester can scorch.
Slim line hanger
Hanging shirts using a slim line hanger, with a buttoned down collar (or a couple more buttons) will help maintain its shape and keep it from falling off the hanger.
T-shirts and Polos are usually made with thinner fabric and therefore tend to stretch more easily. Keeping these items folded will help to keep their shape.
Stains and Discolouration
Stains often occur when we are busy on the go, therefore we recommend keeping a stain pen at work to pre-treat stains before washing later. However, if there isn’t a stain pen to hand, DIY remedies such as hand sanitiser,or artificial sweetener diluted in water can be used.
Most of our cardigans and jumpers are made from either wool/acrylic or nylon/viscose mix, which are machine washable and easy to care for. However, we would always recommend checking the labels as more delicate items may need hand washing.
When washing a cardigan with a zip, it’s best to have the zip fastened as this will prevent damage.
It’s best to fold jumpers and cardigans rather than hang them as hangers can stretch the fabric over time and cause the garment to become misshapen.
Pulling a loose thread could spell the end of a jumper. Put loose threads back into place by carefully pulling the fabric around the thread.
or by using a pin to pull the thread internally.
If bobbles have formed on your clothing, household items such as tape or Velcro can be used to detach them. There are also tools available that are specifically designed to remove them i.e. fabric combs and pumice stones.
A stuck zipper on a cardigan can be really frustrating if it’s not budging, try some Vaseline to help get the zip moving.
We recommend taking blazers and waistcoats to the dry cleaners as little as possible as the strong chemicals used in the process can dry out the fibres. However, if a blazer needs a little freshening up, steam cleaning will deodorise and remove any wrinkles.
Choose a wide-spread contoured hanger, wooden if possible, to maintain the shape of the jacket. Natural unvarnished wood will absorb any moisture in the fabric and prevent damage.
If the buttons of a suit jacket are coming loose at work, try dabbing the thread with clear nail polish. This will prevent the button from falling off and getting lost before it can be sewn back on.
Brush Wool Coats
We recommend taking coats to the dry cleaners around twice a year. To keep coats looking fresh between visits, a lint brush can be used to remove any excess dust and dirt.
Hand Wash PU coats
PU stands for polyurethane and is used this to create a waterproof coating on polyester coats. PU is essentially plastic so we don’t recommend dry cleaning. For light cleaning a damp cloth should do the trick however, for a more thorough clean we recommend hand washing.
As with blazers, wool coats should be hung using an unvarnished wooden hanger to absorb moisture. Storing coats in a garment bag in the summer, will keep the moth at bay.
Let Wool Coats Breathe
Wool coats don’t belong in a packed wardrobe. To keep the fabric crisp, make sure they have a little breathing space.
Don’t Panic With Spills
It can be tempting to rub at a stain immediately after it happens but this will work the stain further into the fabric. Instead, try to gently blot the liquid and later on, blot the stain again with wool safe detergent or baby shampoo.
Wash Dark Fabrics Inside Out
Dresses, skirts and trousers are generally very simple to clean, however they are usually made from darker fabrics, which can begin to fade after frequent washing. To prevent this, we would suggest turning them inside out when washing them.
The less you iron or wash garments the longer they will last. Hanging trousers, skirts and dresses can prevent them creasing and needing to be ironed often.
Frequent ironing can cause some fabrics to develop a permanent sheen so we recommend ironing these items inside out or steaming your trousers and skirts instead of ironing them where possible.
Stop Runs in Tights
Keep Leather Moisturised
Keeping the leather moisturised with Beeswax polish can make shoes last longer as the lotion will work to keep the leather supple and resistant to water. However, the inside of shoes need to stay dry to prevent odour.
Keep Shoes in Shape
A wooden shoe tree is the best way to store leather shoes as they help to maintain the shape and absorb moisture, which can cause odour.
Use Water Repellent
To prevent water damage to shoes, it’s worth investing in some water repellent spray to protect them. If they get completely soaked, fill them with newspaper, then let them dry naturally and unassisted (if leather dries too quickly it can shrink.)
Hats, scarfs and ties should be washed by hand so they don’t lose their shape, however if they are made with silk or wool, they should be dry cleaned. These items should be left to dry naturally and not wringed out as this will also cause them to lose their shape.
or over a hanger.
It is best to steam ties and scarfs, rather than iron, in order to prevent damage.
Wash your hands
Take care when removing ties making sure your hands are clean as dirt and oils could damage the fabric over time.