Winter Wardrobe Care
Winter wardrobe care tips straight from Mr. Sid. You’ve invested time and money on your wardrobe to make sure you look stylish (and warm) this winter. Boston’s first snowfall–which was really just sleet and slush–made you realize that cold, wet winter weather can negatively affect your high end clothing. In order to keep your garments in excellent condition, we’ve put together some tried-and-true methods to help winter proof your cold weather wardrobe.
Waterproof and Condition Your Leather Shoes. Leather shoes can benefit from a rubdown of conditioner like the ones recommended for luxury leather items. We suggest Tarrago waterproofing followed up with Saphir leather conditioner to keep your favorite boots looking like new, even after you trudge through slush puddles.
Waterproof your suede boots with protective spray. The one or two dollars you’ll spend on boot spray is well worth it to protect those suede boots you just got. Before you first wear the boots, spray them with Tarrago and allow them to dry completely. After that, make sure to spray them every few weeks to keep them free of stains and water damage.
Remove Those Salt Stains. If you’re like me, you’ve forgotten about those tell-tale white stains on your winter boots until now. To quickly remove them, the general advice is to mix one cup of water with one tablespoon of white vinegar. The acid in the vinegar will dissolve the salt without damaging the shoe. Dip a cloth into the mixture and wipe. Repeat as necessary.
Deodorize Your Sweaters. Dry cleaning is expensive and a giant pain in the ass. How many times do you let it pile up and wind up with a $100 bill? If you don’t need to remove any stains and just need a quick refresh, try using cheap vodka instead of Febreze. A $10 handle of the stuff poured into a spray bottle works just as well. Spray liberally on areas that are likely to smell (like the armpits) and let dry. You won’t smell like a frat party, promise.
Remove the Pills From Sweaters. As fun as it may be to pluck those little balls of fuzz off your sweater, it’s not particularly efficient or effective. You could invest in a fabric shaver, which looks exactly like what you use to shave your face but is meant for your knits. Lay the fabric flat and apply gentle pressure. You don’t want to accidentally shave a hole in an expensive cashmere sweater. If you’re too paranoid, the one-two combination of a sweater stone and sweater comb is also effective. Both are meant to be rubbed over fabric — the stone handles chunkier, heavier fabrics while the comb is meant for delicate ones. And for the low-tech version, you can trim pills with a pair of small scissors.
De-Lint a Wool Coat With a Coat Brush. If you happen to have a furry friend, chances are they’ve shed all over your coat. Using a lint roller is pretty much an exercise in futility, so try investing in a brush especially made for the task. A few strokes and the bristles will capture lint, hairs, and dust off your classic wool topper.
Wash Your Gloves, Scarves, and Hats. Name the last time you washed any of your winter accessories. Considering that you wrap a scarf around your face and that your head sweats in a hat, chances are they’re kind of gross. While faux-fur accessories (and real ones) require professional dry cleaning, you can get away with hand-washing the rest.
Wash and Dry Your Down Puffer. Your giant sleeping-bag coat might be warm and cozy but is probably yet another item in your closet that you forget to wash. Thankfully, you only need to do this twice a year at most. Use cold water and a mild detergent. When you toss it in the dryer, use low heat and add in a few (clean) tennis balls to help break up clumps of down.
Patch Your Sweaters. Granted this is more of an expert-level DIY, but for those who really want to try to repair their favorite sweater, a kit exists to fill in the holes. Made by Woolfiller, it comes with bundles of wool, a foam block, and needles. Place a piece of fuzzy wool over the hole and then use the needle to darn the hole (basically, you stab the fluff until it merges seamlessly with your sweater). More info is available in the company’s video, if you want a visual.
Your closet will thank you for utilizing these great DIY winter wardrobe care tips!
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