Cardiff’s experts reveal how to look after vintage

This post was inspired after many vintage buyers told The Lady is a Revamp they didn’t know how to properly take care of classic leather jackets and fur coats, so we asked Cardiff’s experts how to maintain antiques when there’s no instructions.

Years of wear and tear can sometimes leave vintage items label-less, leaving you confused as to what you should do with them. Fear not! You no longer have to hide your antiques at the back of your wardrobe in an attempt to preserve them. Cardiff’s vintage experts have come together to explain exactly how to look after your treasured items.

The Vintage Outlet

“Always hang your clothes on wooden hangers as metal hangers can rust and leave stains, ideally in a dry place which is mainly dust free.”

Little Empire Vintage Clothing 

“Keep older items in top condition such as 40s and 50s clothing. You want to make sure moths don’t get at them as they especially like natural materials such as cotton. You can get moth balls to go in your wardrobe or fabric fresheners with moth repellent.”

Vintage Zizou

“1940s and 1950s clothes are usually in a good condition and they don’t need a lot of attention unless the tag tells you ‘Dry cleaning only,’ but clothes from 1960s, 1970s and 1980s are the easiest to maintain.”

Hatt’s Vintage Emporium

“Vintage is far more durable than you think, follow the labels but if they’ve worn off mainly stick to dry cleaning, although you can sponge clothes down, just make sure you dry them quickly and never leave anything wet”

Rock-Ola Reborn 

“My theory is that if it has survived 20 years then it will probably survive another 20 years in the condition it’s in. I wouldn’t worry about that”

The Vintage Outlet 

“Keep vintage aired and clean, repairing any small rips and holes as they’ll only get worse!”

Little Empire Vintage Clothing

“I agree, if there is a hole or tear in a seam you need to sew it back up. The more care you put into fixing it the less likely it is to tear again. Quick and rushed repairs can tend to create bigger problems down the line as well.”

Hatt’s Vintage Emporium 

“Always look to buy quality leather soled shoes and take them to the cobblers every 6-12 months for re-tipping, souring or polishing, that way they can last a life time. We recommend the cobles inside the Market, offering traditional skills and techniques alongside a fast, affordable and friendly service.

Vintage Zizou 

“When you talk about vintage jewelry, we talk about small treasures. The silver jewelry needs to be cleaned and polished and please, please wear jewelery more often, ladies!”

Archers Archive 

“Silks and wools must be hand-washed in luke warm water, don’t even think about putting them in the washing machine, you will regret it!”

Hatt’s Vintage Emporium 

“Steam between wears to help keep life in your garments. It’s also important to let the fabric of your clothes rest and breathe, you’ll notice your wardrobe will last longer through simply hanging your clothes and keeping space between wears.”

Little Empire Vintage Clothing 

“Cotton, wool, and man-made materials such as acrylic (found in a lot of 60s and 70s items) need to be washed differently. For example, wool often needs to be hand washed.”

Vintage Zizou

“For me vintage clothes are real gems and they should be treated as that. We need to keep in mind that a vintage item is fragile and precious.”

So there we have it! Simple steps that will allow you to keep your vintage in tip-top condition! The Lady is a Revamp is thankful to all that got involved.  Everyone asked, agreed that vintage should be treated with respect. Avoiding washing machines, repairing damages instantly and keeping clothes dry. They all ensured that following these steps would give vintage items a longer life-span, allowing treasured gems to be passed down through generations!

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