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Vintage care

HERE AT SZPUTNYIK SHOP WE WANT YOU TO GET THE MOST OUT OF YOUR VINTAGE GARMENTS, SO WE RECOMMEND YOU TO FOLLOW SOME BASIC STEPS IN CARING FOR YOUR SPECIAL PIECES, SO THEY CAN BE WORN FOR MANY MORE YEARS. LOVE YOUR VINTAGE CLOTHES AND RESPECT THEM!

Storing Your Vintage Clothing:

Keep vintage clothes stored where they can breathe, not in plastic covers like the ones you get from the dry cleaners. Long term, these are not healthy for the fabric of the clothes. For the same reason, keep your vintage clothes in a dry, dust-free place away from direct sunlight. Humidity or damp will damage delicate fibers, and sunlight can irreversibly fade vintage prints and colours.

Hang your vintage clothes on wooden hangers. Metal hangers can leave rust stains on your clothes and they also leave stretch marks that are very hard to get rid of.

Washing Your Vintage Clothes:

Washing clothes is a controversial topic in vintage… People unendingly debate the merits and risks of washing vs. dry cleaning, however, here are

A few tips: 

  • If you are really concerned, as the fabric is very old or delicate, consider not washing it at all: a good airing can often work just as well for removing odour without damaging the garment.
  • To keep your precious garments in good condition, wash them less. Repeated, frequent washing can damage the fibers of vintage clothes. Washing machine-washable items at 30 instead of 60 degrees will also lengthen their life, and is much more eco-friendly too.
  • Always hand wash pre1960s vintage, rather than machine washing and drying it.
  • Never ever wash embroidered silks or satins!
  • If you want to dry clean specialty vintage garments that are durable enough for it, then use a reputable dry cleaner.
  • With all vintage clothing and shoes, try not to wear the item two days in a row without airing it. This will give it time to breathe and will restore it for the next wear.

Maintaining Your Vintage Clothes:

Repair small rips and tears immediately. Old metal zippers should be carefully lubed with zipper lube to keep them gliding smoothly through your clothing.