How to care for your vintage clothing

At Seraphine, vintage clothes are our pride and joy, we love their timeless quality and one-of-a-kind nature, and relish every opportunity to wear our favourite vintage items. As a result, we know how important it is to take good care of your Vintage clothes. Vintage clothes are special and need extra attention that you wouldn’t give your regular clothes. Here are some tips so that your vintage clothes live a long and happy life:

Regular Attention

You want to check your vintage clothes regularly for any weak seems or tears. Vintage clothes have many years of stress and wear on the seams so they will be extra delicate and prone to tears. It is often better to hand wash delicate garments to avoid putting added stress on the seams and if a tear occurs you want to fix it right away to avoid further damage.

Washing and Drying

It is always better to wash a garment right after taking it off, this allows for less time for any stains and odors to sink in. Make sure to zip up zippers and fasten all hooks and buttons before washing. The last thing you want is for a loose hook to snag your favourite floral tea dress and cause a rip.

When washing your vintage clothes it is generally better to use a liquid detergent to avoid getting powder on the clothes. With natural fibre you want to use a cold wash, and with synthetic fibres a warm wash. You want to choose the delicate setting for all fibres.

It is very important that you’re aware of what fabrics should and shouldn’t be washed. Washable fabrics are: cotton, linen, polyester, nylon and synthetics. Wool is best dry-cleaned and fabrics such as silk and rayon are better to hand wash.  Fabrics such as velvet, fur, leather, vinyl and anything with specialty trim require special care.

When drying vintage clothes you should always hang them or lie them flat. Using a dryer is normally not recommended but if it is necessary then you should use the lowest heat setting and delicate setting to avoid any damage.

If in any doubt about washing, advice should always be sought from a reputable dry cleaners.

Storing Vintage Clothes

How you store your vintage clothes really depends on the fabric. Most vintage clothes should be hung in a closet, but some items like knitwear and beaded items should be kept in drawers or boxes. Padded hangers are good for fragile dresses and coats and acid free tissue paper is the best padding. Don’t store items in vacuum bags in the long term, the lack of air can harm the fragile fabric. Make sure not to pile clothes too tight inside wardrobes, because it can cause the clothes to get moldy.

For your next piece of vintage clothing please visit us at Seraphine Vintage.