Garment Care 101: MAES London's Tips for Extending the Life of Your Clothes

At MAES London, we believe in making garments of enduring quality that withstand the test of time. Preserving the beauty, integrity, and longevity of your wardrobe is paramount to us. With proper care and maintenance, you can extend the lifespan of your clothing while contributing to a more sustainable fashion industry. We want to share our top tips, from MAES London, for garment care to help you keep your wardrobe looking fresh for years to come. 

  1. Honour the Care Label: Before embarking on the laundry journey, take a moment to consult the care label of your garment. These little tags hold invaluable instructions tailored to the specific fabric, ensuring you treat your attire with the respect it deserves. By adhering to the manufacturer's recommendations, you safeguard your garments from unintended damage.

  2. Handle Washing and Drying with Care: Embrace the gentler side of laundry by opting for cold water and a delicate cycle. Not only does this approach extend the longevity of your clothes, but it also champions environmental sustainability. Resist the temptation to overload the wash, as overcrowding can lead to premature wear and tear. And remember, air drying is a friend to fabric; it preserves quality, avoids shrinkage and fading.

  3. Steer Clear of Excessive Ironing: Always adhere to the recommended temperature settings for your fabric. Excessive heat is the nemesis of delicate textiles, capable of distorting their shape and compromising their integrity.

  4. Practice Gentle Handling and Strategic Storage: Treat your garments as treasured possessions, handling them with care to avoid unnecessary strain. Mind sharp edges that could potentially snag or tear delicate fabrics. As for storage, invest in sturdy hangers or meticulous folding techniques to prevent distortion and maintain garment integrity.

  5. Combat Stains with Precision: Wage war against stains strategically, sparing your garments from unnecessary washing cycles. Spot cleaning is your ally, targeting stains directly with gentle solutions. Hand washing also earns its merit here, offering a tender approach to caring for delicate fabrics. Remember, addressing stains promptly is the key to preventing them from becoming permanent residents on your attire.

  6. Harness the Power of Professional Cleaning: For garments of exceptional delicacy or complexity, entrust them to the care of professionals. Dry cleaning services wield the expertise and specialised equipment necessary to handle your attire, ensuring they retain their original form for years to come.

By embracing these simple practices we recommend, you can elevate and maintain the quality craftsmanship of garments, that we take pride in making, and help extend the life of your clothes by keeping them looking fresh and beautiful for years to come. With proper care and maintenance, your wardrobe will continue to inspire and delight season after season. 

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