CARE GUIDE

How to take care of your garments

Washing
  1. Don’t wait too long before washing your dirty shirts. It allows sweat and oils to set into the fabric that cause premature yellowing.
  2. Unbutton all of the buttons and remove the collar stays before washing.
  3. Pre-treat any stains by carefully massaging a little detergent into them.
  4. Your machine’s normal cycle and normal washing powder (as long as it’s not chlorine based) will be fine for our Pinpoint Oxford Cloth, but if you would like your shirts to look better for longer, we recommend the delicate cycle and a gentle quality detergent like Woolite.
  5. Whites and light colors can use hot water. Dark coloured shirts should be washed with cold water to prevent them from fading.
  6. Don’t include other laundry items with bold colors – especially if they’re new – they might bleed into your shirts.
Drying
  1. Don’t leave the shirt in the machine for too long after the wash. This will prevent the wrinkles from setting as the shirt dries.
  2. Shake and smooth out any crumpled cloth, and straighten out the collar, cuffs, placket and hem.
  3. Hang the shirt on a hanger to dry. It prevents wash line and clothes peg marks. For the same reason, the fatter the hanger, the better.
  4. Button the shirt (the top button at the very least) so that it holds its ideal shape as it dries.
  5. If you have to tumble dry your shirts, don’t use high heat or over-dry your shirts. Instead get most of the moisture out of the shirt and then iron the shirt straight away. This will remove the rest of the moisture. If you dry your shirts completely in the dryer, you’ll find shirts harder to iron, and might cause some shrinkage.
Ironing
  1. Ironing is a zen artform – the calmer you are, the better you iron. Invest in the right equipment. A good iron that takes water for steam is essential, and even better if it has a teflon coated bottom. There are few things that can drive someone mad like a shitty ironing board, so get one that is solid with a firm padded surface. A light coloured towel often does the trick just fine.
  2. You don’t need to wait for the shirts to be completely dry to begin ironing. In fact, a bit of moisture makes the job easier. If the shirts have dried, you could always spray them over with a fine mist and wait a few minutes for the moisture to soak.
  3. Cotton cloth garments requires high heat to reform their shape, so set the iron to “cotton” or whatever the hottest setting is.
  4. Don’t starch. It might give your shirt a crisp look, but it destroys the fibres of the cloth over time.
  5. Make sure the stains are out. Ironing over them will set them permanently.
  6. Don’t iron over buttons  because they can leave a mark.
  7. If you want a crisper look, turn the shirt inside out and iron the inside first before you iron the outside.
  8. If you have the time and want to avoid sleeve crease lines, use a sleeve board. Otherwise, carefully fold along the existing crease lines when ironing.
  9. To get a sharp angle in your collar, fold the collar down and iron the front ± 10cm of the collar folds. You won’t be able to iron all the way around because of the curve in the collar.
  10. When placing the shirt on a hanger, button the shirt’s top few buttons so that it holds its ideal shape in your wardrobe.
  11. I’m sure this is not necessary to mention, but just in case, never iron a dirty shirt! It will set stains permanently.
Washing
  1. Pre-treat any stains by carefully massaging a little detergent into them.
  2. Cold wash is preferable, but your machine’s normal cycle at 40 degrees will be fine.
  3. Light colors can use hot water. Darker colours do better in the long run if washed with cold water to prevent them from fading.
  4. Don’t include other new laundry items with bold colors – they might bleed into your lighter coloured chinos.
Drying
  1. Don’t leave your chinos in the machine for too long after the wash. This will prevent the wrinkles from setting as it dries.
  2. Shake and smooth out any crumpled cloth.
  3. If you are tumble drying your chinos, don’t set the heat too high.
Ironing
  1. Ironing is a zen artform – the calmer you are, the better you iron. Invest in the right equipment. A good iron that takes water for steam is essential, and even better if it has a teflon coated bottom. There are few things that can drive someone mad like a shitty ironing board, so get one that is solid with a firm padded surface. A light coloured towel often does the trick just fine.
  2. Spray your chinos over with a fine mist and wait a few minutes for the moisture to soak. This will make your ironing easier and more effective.
  3. Cotton garments requires high heat to reform their shape, so set the iron to “cotton” or whatever the hottest setting is.
  4. Make sure any stains are out. Ironing over them will set them permanently.
  5. I’m sure this is not necessary to mention, but just in case, never iron dirty chinos! It will set stains permanently.

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