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5 Ways Winter can Ruin Your Clothing (And How to Prevent it)

With winter officially upon us, many of you might be considering snuggling up by a roaring fire and avoiding the unforgiving low temperatures, freezing rainstorms and biting wind. However, winter isn’t all bad. Before you decide on a few months of hibernation, consider how this season will let you show off your style in a way spring and summer simply cannot. Keeping warm in winter means plenty of layers. Now is the time to invest coats, scarves, tweed jackets, knitwear and thick, but fashionable men’s suits. After all, what more perfect backdrop for your next Instagram post is there than a fresh blanket of white snow?

While the opportunity for style may be exciting, it’s important to note that winter can be harsh on your clothing. It’s important to go into it prepared and ready to take on any of the seasonal issues that could hurt your look. Here’s how.


Musty Odours Be Gone

While a new season gives you plenty of chances to buy new suits, jackets and other types of clothing, you’re no doubt going to be reviving some of last year’s timeless options as well. Unfortunately, after sitting all year in the back of your cupboard, these clothes can end up smelling like they’ve been hung in that part of the library no one’s visited for years.

So, how do you get rid of that odour? If your tweed jackets or suits are dry-clean only, your best option is to take them to a professional for a refreshing cleaning. If they are machine washable, however, getting rid of that musty odour is as simple as popping them into the wash machine with a cup of bicarbonate of soda.


Get Your Shoes Ready

Many people believe that leather is completely waterproof. This is actually not true; it is water resistant. It’s a versatile and natural product, but it isn’t perfect by any means. That’s why you have to take the time to improve the resistance it has. The best way to do this is to add water-resistant oils to the leather shoes. How much you need depends on the type of leather used. A shoemaker can help you determine how naturally waxy the leather grain is and what type of oil to use.

Once you’ve prepared your shoes, set up a regular treatment scheme. You’ll need to treat the shoes often and clean them if they become dirty. In winter, salt stains are common. To get rid of them, find a clean white cloth and dampen it slightly with a small amount of vinegar and warm water. Gently rub the stain until the white marks caused by the salt are gone.


Care for Your Knitwear

Knitwear can help make your men’s suit or men’s tweed jacket pop, but need extra care during winter. Wash your knitwear regularly and gently to keep the fibres lasting longer and keep moths away. It’s important to use a non-chemical based soap. Find one that is specifically made for cleaning knitwear.

Bobbling and pilling can be a frustrating side effect of owning knitwear. When this happens, use a clean disposable razor to remove them. Gently pull the razor across the fabric to get rid of these. You can also use a special comb specifically designed for cashmere knitwear. Getting rid of these pills and bobbles will leave the garment feeling soft and may actually help it last longer.


Say Goodbye to Moths

Moths come out in full force during the winter because our suits, tweed jackets and knitwear deliver a fine dining experience. Your lambswool, cashmere, heavy cotton and wool mixes are like a smorgasbord and a buffet rolled into one. So, how do you get rid of these style-eating bugs?


  • Clean Your Cupboard- The larvae of moths love quiet, dark corners to hide in while they grow, so make your cupboard as inhospitable as possible. Wipe down shelving and others surfaces using a cloth soaked in detergent and vacuum out your drawers. If you haven’t already, instal some low-energy lighting in your cupboard to keep it as bright as possible.


  • Get to Cleaning Your Clothing- Before you wear anything this winter, make sure it’s cleaned thoroughly. Moths are going to go after any article of clothing that has a trace of sweat or food on it. If this describes your knitwear at any point during the winter, take the time to wash it or place it in your freezer overnight to kill any potential larvae.


  • Hang With Cedarwood- Discourage moth infestations by using cedarwood hangers for your men’s suits, men’s tweed jackets and more. Moths can’t stand this scent and will be much less likely to make a meal of your expensive clothing.


  • Bag it Up- If there are certain pieces of knitwear you don’t wear often, don’t leave them out for any moth to munch on. Place them in large, sealable plastic bags to prevent moths from getting to them.


Brush Your Suit

Winter is the perfect time to wear your wool suits, as well as other layering options. However, if you want the suit to last, you have to take care of it. You can’t go to the dry cleaner every few days; the chemicals will damage the fibres. So what do you do to keep the suit looking its best during winter?

Hanging it up and letting it air out between uses is the best option for removing odours naturally and letting wrinkles sort themselves out. However, as you’re doing this you should also take a brush to the men’s suit. Brushing the suit as it is hanging (on a wooden hanger of course) can help remove some of the fine debris that normally collect in the wool’s fibres. This debris can weaken the fibres over time, so it’s important to deal with them every few wears.

Are you ready for winter? While you may not enjoy the low temperatures and ice-cold rain and snow, you can enjoy the new looks you get to show off with your wardrobe. Use these tips to take care of your clothing so it lasts the whole season.

By Brook Taverner 12 December 2016 Leave a comment Go to comments