Along with quality construction and fabrics, how you care for your clothing determines how long they will last. We all know that the more you dry clean, the faster items wear out. Here are our tips on care, along with Martha Stewart's and a link to The Laundress blog, whose products the founder can't live without for home and travel.
Steaming dry-clean only dresses and jackets after wear helps release any oils and dirt. We then spray it with The Laundress Fabric Refresh which has antibacterial properties and removes any odors. The Laundress blog has many tips on how to care for your clothing at home and we highly recommend using that as a resource.
We like to hand-wash the white Marilyn I tops. Remember cold water only.
- We use the Stain Solution to pre-treat the underarms to prevent yellowing from deodorant.
- We soak the top in COLD WATER ONLY with the Delicate Wash and a little bit of Stain Solution. Swish the items with your hands and let soak for a few minutes.
- **Museum conservation tip: you can take a cheesecloth to put on top of the garment while it soaks, so whatever dirt floats up off the garment is captured by the cheesecloth instead of right back on the garment.
- Empty the bin and rinse the garment until the water runs clear (we fill a small tub, swish the garment around, empty the tub until the water is clear.)
- Then add about 1/4 cup of vinegar to the tub and let the garment soak with the water and vinegar. Vinegar removes any residue from the detergent to restore the silk's natural luster.
- Rinse the garment with clean cold water (we do a couple rinses to ensure everything has been removed.)
- Lay the tee on a towel and roll up to sop up the excess water. NEVER WRING OUT WET SILK AS IT WILL STRETCH.
- Lay flat to dry.
The Laundress How-To Clean Blog
Martha Stewart's tips on washing delicates