The Ultimate Product Care Guide


Now that you’ve amassed your dapper wardrobe let's make sure you know how to care for them so that they provide you a lifetime of good looks and continued compliments. This is our product care guide to care for all your gentleman essentials. Everything from handling stains, how to wash/clean your items and how to store them. We’ve got you covered so that you can continue to cover yourself in sartorial fashion.

Ties/Bowties

THE FUNDAMENTALS

  1. Don't ever leave your ties knotted.
  • Leaving your ties knotted will create tough wrinkles which will further shorten the tie's lifespan.
  1. Untie your tie in the reverse order in which you tied it to begin with (that's a mouth full).
  • This method is not the fastest way to remove a tie nor the most intuitive but it is the most effective at preserving your tie for the long term.

CURING THE WRINKLES

  1. Hang your ties up or roll them.
  • The best way to smooth out wrinkles, is to have no wrinkles at all. Hanging up your tie or rolling them helps do just that.
  1. Use a steamer.
  • Using a steamer works best to relax the more aggressive wrinkles in your tie.

HOW TO REMOVE STAINS

Not all stains are created (or removed) the same. Based off the context of the stain, you must act accordingly.

Rule of Thumb: Take action as soon as possible when you discover a stain on your tie and blot the stain (don't rub the stain!)

  1. To the cleaners - As a first resort, you should take your tie to the dry cleaners.
  2. Oil based stains - Use talcum powder or cornstarch. Use immediately. Place talcum powder or cornstarch on stain and let sit for 15-20mins. Remove powder and spot clean with damp cloth. Let air dry.
  3. Water based stains - Use seltzer water or club soda on a damp cloth to remove. let air dry.
  4. Other stains - Use cleaning agents such as stain removal products. Grab your trusty tide to go pen until stain is removed. Let air dry.

Pocket Squares

Material Matters

The care of your pocket square heavily depends on the material the pocket square is made of.

  1. Cotton
  • Cotton pocket squares are easy to store, easy to iron, durable, very affordable (compared to silk and wool) and can be washed in the laundry machines. However, cotton pocket squares crease rather easy and if they are washed the wrong way, they can shrink.
  1. Polyester
  • Polyester pocket squares are easy to store, durable and crease resistant. However, stains are hard to remove (especially oil stains). Like cotton pocket squares, polyester can be machine washed.
  1. Silk
  • Silk pocket squares are easy to store, smooth and are extremely versatile. These types of pocket squares can't be cleaned in laundry machines; they must be dry cleaned.
  1. Linen
  • Linen pocket squares are more eco-friendlier than cotton pocket squares. They are strong, moth resistant and lightweight. Like cotton pocket squares, these can be machine washed (on the gentle cycle). With that being said, linen pocket squares do crease easily.
  1. Wool
  • Wool Pocket Squares are classical, sturdy and don't easily wrinkle. They're of higher quality and feel and can be easily cleaned as they are more stain resistant due to the material and patterns and color associated with them.

Curing The Wrinkles

If you do choose to iron your pocket square, please cover your pocket square with a piece of cloth (like a shirt) before ironing to avoid damaging the pattern or the material of the garment.

  1. Cotton
  • It is safe to iron your cotton pocket square at high temperatures to get rid of the wrinkles. Use the "cotton" setting on your iron if available.
  1. Polyester
  • Iron these pocket squares at a warm heat (cooler than cotton for sure). Use the "polyester" setting on your iron if available.
  1. Silk
  • Ideally, these garments should be steamed. High heat will damage silk. You still can however iron silk pocket squares at a low heat, preferably with another piece of cloth covering the pocket square; so the iron never directly touches the pocket square. Use the "silk" setting on your iron if available.
  1. Linen
  • Like cotton, it's safe to iron your linen pocket square at high temperatures to get rid of the wrinkles. Use the "linen" setting on your iron if available.

How to Hand Wash

While some of these fabrics can be machine washed; we highly recommend hand washing your pocket squares to maintain the quality and design of your pocket square.

  1. Cotton
  • DO: Wash with cold or warm water with detergent. Hang dry.
  • DON'T: Wash with hot water. Cotton shrinks when washed in hot water.
  1. Polyester
  • DO: Wash with warm water and detergent. Hang dry.
  • DON'T: Use detergents thats are tough on stains, this may alter the colors of the pocket square.
  1. Silk
  • DO: Take these pocket squares to the dry cleaner.
  • DON'T: Machine wash these pocket squares.
  1. Linen
  • DO: Wash with cold or lukewarm water with detergent. Hang dry.
  • DON'T: Wash in hard water. (hard water contains high mineral content such as dissolved calcium and magnesium).

How to Store

FOLD: You can easily store your pocket squares in your drawers or a container by folding them and stacking them together.

ROLL: You can roll your pocket squares gently and place them in a pocket square holder.

HANG: You can hang your pocket squares with the hangers that have clips at the bottom.

Socks

Best Practices

DO: Machine wash your socks (make sure to turn them inside out) on a cold setting with detergent.

DO: Tumble dry at a low heat OR hang them to dry.

DO: Keep your socks together. Either roll or fold them. They'll be happy. Happy socks = Happy feet.

DO: Clip your toenails. 👌

DON'T: Bleach your socks (unless they're white).

DON'T: Iron your socks.

DON'T: Dry on high heat - this could deteriorate the elastic in your socks.

Lapel Pins

Best Practices

DO: Store them in an organized manner.

DO: Clean the metal parts of the lapel pin if they get dirty with a damp napkin.

DO: Gently massage the floral petals if they get creased.

DO: Collect a few extra pin caps for your lapel pins, in case you misplace the current one.

DON'T: Bend the lapel pin.

DON'T: Leave the lapel pins on your jacket for an extended period of time.

DON'T: Machine wash your lapel pins.

DON'T: Lend them out, you might not get them back 👀

If the lapel pin fabric does get dirty, use a damp towel clean it with a mild cleaning agent.

Suspenders

Best Practices

DO: Store them in an organized manner.

DO: Clean them as needed.

DO: Hang your suspenders up to prevent wrinkles.

DO: Unclip your suspenders after use, don't leave them on your pants.

DON'T: Wash with bleach.

DON'T: Adjust your straps hastily, the teeth of the clips could dig into the elastic straps and create holes.

DON’T: Wash your suspenders too much as this will stress the fabrics and deteriorate the elastic.

Cleaning order

1st: Clean your suspenders with something damp, not wet, like a damp rag.

2nd: Hand wash with detergent and cool water. Then air dry.

3rd: Take them to a dryer cleaner if hand washing doesn't clean your suspenders. Don't do this too often though.

Tie Bars/Cufflinks

Best Practices

DO: Clean them as needed with a damp cloth.

DON'T: Leave your tie bars or cuff links laying around unattended; store them in an organized manner.

Masks

DO: Wash by hand or machine was on gentle cycle

DO: Air dry or machine dry on low heat

DO: Store them in a clean area

DO: Prevent wrinkling by hanging your mask once done from the dryer

DO: Iron on low setting if wrinkled with a cloth in between or under a shirt

DON'T: Leave your masks laying around

DON'T: Put your mask in the same pocket with other daily items (cellphone, wallet, keys)

Stain Removal

Use damp cloth to wipe/clean stains. Mild detergent may be used for tough stains.

Subscribe