To get the most out of your Vintage Finds You purchase, store in a dry, dust-free place away from direct sunlight. Humidity or damp will damage delicate fibres, and sunlight can irreversibly fade vintage prints and colours. Keep your vintage clothes stored where they can breathe and not in plastic covers you get from the dry cleaners. Long term, these are not healthy for the fabric of the clothes. You could also use acid free tissue paper.
Avoid using wooden hangers, the acid content in the wood can cause a chemical reaction over time and ruin a garment. Cover wooden hangers acid-free tissue paper or unbleached cotton muslin to create a soft buffer between the hanger and your garment. Metal hangers can leave rust stains on your clothes and they also leave stretch marks that are very hard to get rid of.
Hanging heavy beaded or sequinned garments can ruin them and cause them to sag. Instead, lay them flat or roll them in acid-free tissue paper and store them in acid-free boxes. If you fold beaded vintage garments or vintage silk, the fabric can become brittle or damaged along the folds.
Check washing instruction labels on your clothes. Always hand wash pre 1960s vintage rather than machine washing and drying it. If you are really concerned, if the fabric is very old or delicate, consider not washing it at all: a good airing can often work just as well for removing odour without damaging the garment.
To keep your precious vintage clothes in good condition, don’t wash them often. Repeated washing can damage the fibres of vintage clothes (and new clothes too). Washing (machine-washable) clothes at 30 instead of 60 degrees will also prolong their life, and is much more eco-friendly too. Never wash embroidered silks or satins. If you dry clean specialty vintage items that are durable enough for it, then use a reputable dry cleaner that you can build up a relationship of trust with.
Use underarm protectors when wearing your vintage to avoid perspiration staining your clothes. With all vintage clothing and shoes, try not to wear the item two days in a row without airing it. This will give it time to breathe and will restore it for the next wear.
Your gorgeous Vintage sequins clothes should be kept away from heat as they will melt!
Repair small rips and tears immediately, as they will only get bigger if you don’t. Lubricate your zippers to keep them gliding smoothly through your clothing. If a zip gets stuck, run a lead pencil vigorously over the zip and it will open again. If the zip is not working properly, get it replaced. There is nothing worse than getting stuck in your clothes and damaging it trying to free yourself.