care Canvas trainers
Protect new canvas trainers by treating them with a stain and water repellent before you start wearing them.
Remove any dirt and stains as soon as they appear. Use a small bristle brush or a toothbrush together with washing-up liquid and cold water. Work in circular motions, scrubbing gently. Repeat as needed. Rinse with cold water but avoid soaking the shoe. Allow to air dry in a well-ventilated area.
Wash the laces separately by soaking in soapy water.
Cashmere is one of the rarest fibres in the world, combed from the undercoat of Chinese and Mongolian goats. Because it is soft and fuzzy, cashmere can be prone to pilling, caused by rubbing during regular use. This is perfectly normal, and pilling can preferably be removed with a sweater comb.
Always check the instructions on the care label first and wash cashmere by hand or in cold water on the delicate cycle in the washing machine, using a mild detergent. Put cashmere in a mesh washing bag to protect it from snagging. Dry flat on a towel.
PRE-WASHED DENIM – Wash jeans inside out, either by hand or in the washing machine in cold water and on a gentle cycle. Take them out of the machine as soon as possible after the programme has ended to avoid creasing. Hang to dry.
RAW DENIM – One of the distinctions of raw denim is the high-contrast wear patterns that appear around zones like your knees, lap and pockets. They make raw denim very personal and are unique to your body. If you want these patterns to develop you will need to wear your jeans for a period before their first wash and wash them infrequently after that. If you prefer less contrast and an even fade throughout the fabric, wash your jeans more often.
Turn the jeans inside out and hand wash in cold water with a mild detergent to retain as much indigo as possible. You can also wash the jeans in a machine on a gentle cycle but be sure to wash them alone or with similar colours, as the indigo dye will bleed. Do not tumble dry. Hang to dry – and put an old towel under the jeans to catch any dye that drips.
Be careful when wearing new raw denim as the dye may transfer to light-coloured surfaces, such as shirts, underwear, canvas trainers and furniture.
Leather is a hard-wearing natural material, yet it can be sensitive. Keep leather away from humidity, heat and chemicals and protect it from rain and rough surfaces, which can scratch and damage it. To remove light stains, wipe with a slightly damp cloth. Otherwise, leather items should be taken to a specialist leather dry cleaner. If leather should get wet, allow it to air dry at normal room temperature.
care Leather shoes
Water-proof the shoes with mink-oil or a wax-based polish before wearing them outside, and avoid wet conditions during the first days of wear. Polishing the shoes every other month will soften the leather and strengthen its protective barrier; it also keeps the leather fresh and supple, and prevents it from cracking and getting scratches.
Remove dirt and stains regularly with a brush or damp cloth.
Mud can be washed off with a leather soap in running tap water.
In winter, salt stains can easily be removed with a rag and a mixture of two-thirds of water and one-third of vinegar. Wipe the leather clean with a damp cloth and a fresh towel afterwards.
Remove the laces and insert shoe trees if available. Brush the leather to remove dirt and apply a small amount of leather conditioner in circular movements, using a clean cloth.
Let the shoes dry for a few minutes, then apply a light-shade cream or wax in the same way.
Finish the routine by buffing the surface with a brush, and again let the shoes rest for a short moment.
If the shoes are wet through, stuff them with newspaper and let them dry in room temperature. Using a shoe horn will protect the structure of the heel, and in the long run the shape of the entire shoe.
Linen is a strong natural fabric that gets softer with use and time. Wash linen in the machine on a gentle cycle using a mild detergent without bleach or optical brightening agents. Follow the temperature recommendations on the product’s care label or instructions – in general, dark colours should be washed at a low temperature to reduce the risk of fading.
Line dry, if possible – it is kinder to both the product and the environment and gives linen a crisp feel. If you prefer a softer feel, tumble dry at a low temperature for a few rotations, then remove and hang until fully dry. Note that tumble drying and heavy centrifuging will add to the wear of linen; use cautiously to ensure the longest possible life for your product.
Always check the care instructions that accompany a product, as they might indicate specific instructions due to colour, print, construction or end-use.
Silk is a naturally delicate fabric and should be treated as such. Always check the instructions on the care label first – sometimes dry cleaning is the only recommended option. If the garment is washable, wash it by hand or by machine in a mesh washing bag. Wash in cold water with a detergent for delicates, and avoid stretching the garment while wet. Avoid tumble drying silk – it risks damaging the fabric.
Hand wash your wooden chopping board with hot soapy water. Rinse thoroughly and pat with a cloth to remove excess water.
Allow the board to air dry completely before putting it away.
Wood is a porous material and a wooden chopping board may retain food smells. To remove unwanted smells, rub the board with salt and lemon.
To extend the life of your chopping board and prevent it from drying out and cracking, treat it regularly with a food-safe oil that is not prone to rancidity. Use a clean cloth to apply the oil in an even layer, working in the direction of the grain.
Let the oil soak in for a few hours, preferably overnight, then remove the excess oil with a dry cloth. Do not wash a wooden chopping board in the dishwasher or leave it soaking in water.
care Wooden utensils
Hand wash your wooden utensils using washing-up liquid and warm water.
Rinse thoroughly and allow them to air dry in an upright position, on a dish rack or in a container.
Wood is a porous material and wooden utensils may retain food smells. To remove unwanted smells, rub the utensils with salt and lemon.
Lightly sand your wooden utensils with fine-grade sandpaper when needed.
Occasionally treat them with a food-safe oil that is not prone to rancidity to prevent them from drying out. Do not wash wooden utensils in the dishwasher or leave them soaking in water.
Merino wool, lambswool, mohair – there are many different types of wool. Most do not need to be washed that often and can be spot cleaned where needed and simply aired out.
When you do wash wool, always check the instructions on the care label first and either wash it by hand or in the delicate cycle on your washing machine on a low temperature and with a mild detergent. Put wool in a mesh washing bag to prevent snagging and felting.
To avoid stretching the wool fibres, do not wring wool clothes and always dry them flat, preferably on a towel to absorb any extra moisture.
Ironing after washing helps to restore the material’s natural sheen – use a steam iron on the wool setting and a pressing cloth.