7 Tips For Cleaning Expensive Clothing – Washing & Drying Menswear – How To Wash Delicate Clothes

7 Tips For Cleaning Expensive Clothing – Washing & Drying Menswear – How To Wash Delicate Clothes


7 Tips For Cleaning Expensive Clothing – Washing
& Drying Menswear – How To Wash Delicate Clothes Hi! I’m Antonio Centeno, the founder of Real
Men Real Style. Today I’m going to be speaking with you about how to take care of your expensive
clothing, how to wash it. I’m going to give you seven tips on how to wash, clean and dry
your clothing so that it lasts a long time. You guys are spending a lot of money on building
your interchangeable wardrobe. I want to make sure it lasts whenever you’re taking care
of it, how to get rid of these stains, things like that. Now, this is brought to you by Kirby Allison
over at the Hanger Project. I spoke with Kirby about this article and this video I was going
to be putting out, and we agreed this was a great fit because Kirby’s hangers help your
jackets, they help your trousers, they help your shirts last longer. How do they do that?
By pretty much spreading out the stress especially on the jackets. If you look at the jacket
hangers and there are hangers made out there specifically for your expensive jackets, specifically
for your trousers. And these hangers were made to distribute the stress that’s put on
particular areas of the clothing so that you don’t get dimples on your shirts or your jackets
that you don’t have to go get the shoulders reshaped on the jackets. So go check out Kirby over at the Hanger Project.
Also, he has a wide range of other things that he’s got around the globe from France
to Italy. He’s collected and brought together some of the best socks, cufflinks. What else
does Kirby have over there? I’ve seen him carrying knives. He goes across the world,
him and his wife Bianca, and they look for the best and they bring it back to their curated
shop. But he started off with hangers and he’s a University of Texas alum so go check
him out. Okay, guys. So let me go ahead and give you
the seven tips. Seven ways that you can wash, dry, and take care of your clothing so that
it’s going to last a long time. The number one tip, something which somehow
eludes most men is to read the label on pretty much anything off the rack. It comes with
a washing label. If it doesn’t, then you just have to look at what type of material it is
so we can talk — I talk about that a bit in the article. Make sure to go check out.
I linked to that below this video. But read the label. Cottons are much more durable. You’re going
to be able to do a lot with cottons in terms of throwing them into the washing machine,
being a little bit rougher when you scrub. When wools, other types of maybe mohair, any
type of animal hair is going to — well, let’s just say it’s made up of protein, it can be
denatured by heat. So you need to be very careful with it. What do I mean by denatured? Think of an egg
cooking. Once you cook an egg, you can’t go back to being raw. Think of your fabric as
in a sense of being a raw egg and you don’t want to cook it and to change the shape of
it permanently. Read the label, know what you’re doing. Things
like silk, yes, you’re going to want to get that dry-cleaned. Some items are going to
say take it to the dry-cleaner when really they’re just wanting to cover their backside
and prevent any damage from happening, not everything. If you start to understand fabrics
but a good, safe way to follow is to read the label. Follow what it says. If it says
to wash in cold, wash in cold. If it says to dry on a very low setting, dry on a very
low setting or learn to hang it out to dry or lay it out to dry and we’ll talk about
that here in a second. So number one, read the label and follow it. Number two, hand wash. You don’t have to hand wash everything but
so many items could be saved if you didn’t run them through the washing machine. Think
of it this way, every time you run an item through a washing machine, through a dryer,
you lose one life cycle and maybe a piece of it like a dress shirt like this maybe only
has 100 times that it can go through a washing machine before you’re going to have to replace
it. Think about that. If you only wore that dress shirt for 30 minutes,
for a couple hours that evening and if it’s not dirty, then simply hang it back up. If
it has a little bit of ring around the collar, perhaps just hand wash the collar. If maybe
you’ve got a coffee stain on a cup, go ahead and spot-wash that coffee stain. Let it dry
and put it back in your closet. Hand wash when you can. It’s going to double,
triple the lifespan of your clothing. Next is to treat stains immediately. Oftentimes, we get a wine stain, we get a
blood stain, little things like that and we wait until a couple of days. We just throw
it into the laundry bin and then in a week, we look at it. The problem there is that many
stains are going to set and when they set, that means they go into the actual fiber and
sometimes you have a chemical reaction and it can actually bond with the fiber. What you want to do is — and this is what
we do in our family because I’ve got three young children — is we have a stain remover.
I think we use Shout and it’s sitting there. We have one up in our top bathroom. We have
one down in the laundry room. Anytime that we notice a stain, my wife notices, she sprays
immediately and we put it into a small little wash bin if it’s up in the bathroom upstairs
or if it’s down in the laundry room, it goes into the wash bin as well. We sometimes put
a little bit of water to keep the moisture in here. But by doing that, by treating the
stain immediately then we help to prevent it from setting. Number four is you also want to soak. I started talking about that but there’s nothing
wrong especially for more durable cottons. If you want to be careful on wools with this,
but you can soak in water usually about a couple of hours to maybe even 24 hours before
washing it. The water in there it’s going to help pull the stain out just a bit. Now,
water without detergent and without a stain remover isn’t always going to pull anything
out but stains like blood, actually cold water can help pull that out quite a bit. So we talked about reading the label. We talked
about hand washing. We’ve talked about treating stains immediately. We’ve talked about soaking. Now, number five, using a clean basin or a
clean washer. I can’t tell you how many times somebody contacts
me and they say, “Oh, I’ve got a rust stain.” Where did that rust stain come from? It probably
came from your washing machine. Make sure that you’ve got a good washing machine, that
you’re using a clean basin. Sometimes people take a perfectly fine or
maybe it has just a few little marks on it and they wash it in a dirty basin that has
been used with chemicals. And all of a sudden, they’re going to take something that just
needs to be cleaned and actually they end up staining it because they put it into a
container which wasn’t clean and ready for it. If you don’t have a clean sink, consider just
going and getting one of your bigger — I know I’ve got a large pot which we can occasionally
use or washing pans or washing sinks downstairs or not always, they’re really old. Really
nice wools, nice sweaters, I do not like to wash them in there so I’ll go and grab one
of my large washing pans which is already pretty clean, cooking pans and — well, cooking
pots — and I’ll go ahead and I’ll wash the clothing in that or let it soak if necessary. Also, that applies to your washing machine.
If you start to notice less rust stains on your clothing, it’s probably because your
machine is getting old and unfortunately there’s not much you can do but simply replace the
machine. To get rid of rust stains, by the way, really quick, you can apply some lemon
juice on that and put it on sunlight and that will help get rid of rust stains. Number six, dry clothing out flat. Hang dry.
Every time you put clothing into a dryer, where do you think all that lint comes from?
That lint is basically being pulled out of your clothing and bit by bit it is slowly
tearing apart your clothing. So be careful of dryers. If it doesn’t have to be dried
on the really high heat then don’t do it. Oftentimes, cottons are going to be the most
durable. Be very careful. Do not put wools in there.
Wools need to be laid out and dried on a flat surface. You do not want to hang up wools.
Whenever you do this — so what’s going to happen if you hang up the wool? One is all
the water is going to go to the bottom and it’s going to pull and it’s going to stretch.
The other one is that if you’re holding it up like you’ve got the wool sweater hung over
a string or something like that, then it’s actually going to stretch at those points.
In addition, you’ve got it drying at different rates so you’re really going to reshape the
garment. Wool has the natural ability to form to your body and it’s going to, unfortunately,
form to how you dried it if you dried it improperly. Number seven is to be very careful when you’re
using machine washer to wash wiser. What do I mean by that? Okay. Washing wisely,
use a washing machine bag. You can get this for just a couple of dollars. Go to Target,
go to Walmart. These are bags in which you put in your clothing and you may be wondering,
“Okay, is my clothing going to be less clean?” No, because the way laundry turns and works
is it goes in there and it actually binds to the dirt, to the gunk and all that stuff
and then it pulls it out. So actually putting it into a washing bag
is not really going to have any effect especially if you followed all the steps before you pre-treated
the clothing. I do this also with expensive sheets. I use
Vero Linen sheets and those sheets are a couple of hundred dollars. I take very good care
of these and what I do especially with a long sheet or a really nice shirt, it can get caught
up into the — if you’re using the old style washing machine with an agitator, that agitator,
your clothing will get caught up underneath and — many of you guys probably have this
happened, you pull out your clothing and it’s torn. If you use a washing bag, a laundry bag, just
put it all in there and, yeah, it’s not going to look like it’s evenly distributed and if
you’ve got a really off-balanced washer, you may need to put in two and balance those properly
but that right there is going to save you from basically pulling out your clothing and
finding that it’s been torn apart. So washing bag, better machine, no agitator,
if you can. Also, look to set your machine to delicate. Use delicate first. If you have
to go, you’ve got something really soiled, perhaps your kid’s clothing that has dirt
and grass stains, yeah, okay, then you can wash that regular. But for most of your clothing,
delicate is going to suffice. It’s also going to be less harsh on your clothing. Those were the seven tips. Number one, read
the labels. Number two, hand wash. Number three, treat stains. Number four, soak. Number
five, use a clean basin or clean washing machine. Number six, dry flat. Number seven, use a
washing machine wisely. Hopefully, those tips help. Make sure you go check out Kirby over at the
Hanger Project. He’s got some great information, some amazing product. If you haven’t checked
it out, he’s got an amazing shoe guide, and he talks about how to clean suede leather
shoes and how to take care of your shoes as well. Don’t throw your shoes into a washing machine.
It’s not going to work. Maybe if you’ve got running shoes, those will work. Okay, guys. I will see in the next video.
Take care. Bye-bye.

48 thoughts on “7 Tips For Cleaning Expensive Clothing – Washing & Drying Menswear – How To Wash Delicate Clothes

  1. Great Advice Antonio. I agree with you on the washing machine, I tend to avoid washing my going out clothing in the machine as much as possible, because I've noticed indeed that they do get a bit damaged, either loss of colour or fabric looking worn out. I must admit though I'm guilty of not reading the washing labels on the clothing haha. But overall great advice

  2. I love this video so much, thank you for the awesome tips :). Perhaps you could share some tips on cleanse/polish leather bags?

  3. I treat all of my expensive clothes with care since replacing them is not what i want. I love my wardrobe, lol. Oh, and this video is helpful. Thanks!

  4. When I worked selling mens clothes I would always tell them that with the wrinkle free shirts all you needed to do was put them in the wash on the gentle cycle and use cold water. You may also ant to pre treat the neck with stain remover. After that it was only a few minutes in the dryer.
    Suits and pants should be dry cleaned once a year. After each use I recommend that you allow the suit or pants to hang outside the jacket to air out over night.

  5. Small thing I could suggest to you is be mindful of how you use the word "chemicals". Everything on this planet is made up of chemicals. Why do you think the word chemistry is used for the studying of the properties of matter? There are few things that annoy a chemist more then the misuse of the word chemicals and chemists do play a role in the clothing industry because they create the synthetic dyes used in clothing.

  6. Number 8: Rinse twice, always. Soap/detergent grabs dirt, it binds to it: that's one of it's benefits. If there's any soap left in your clothes, it will attract dirt and the clothing will get dirty again much quicker. That works also for cleaning floors or anything else. Make sure you get all the soap out. Soap's also a skin irritant for most, but apparently not all, people.

  7. Awesome video! I will never wash my clothes the same way again! Quick question though, have you ever tried using Dryel for delicate clothes?

  8. What if I don't have enough of a load to wash right away but I want to pre-treat by soaking in soapy water? Can I soak it for some time, then rinse and let it dry, then put in the hamper to wait a few days for the rest of my laundry? Also, how do I know how to pre-treat? With dish wash soap? Detergent? Only water? Strain treatment? Which one?

  9. hi i just wash my new versace hoodie it say it can go to the washing machine and put in inside out and the back is perfect but on the front some fiber look whity and like it has white hair but i can remove them is normal or should i go to a dryer to fux it or can i do it at home thanks

  10. Antonio, the info you put in your video is invaluable, especially for a guy like me that uses excessively the washing machine. If I may make a point, I think you should not film outdoors. The blank background gives a very professional look to your visual delivery. The lighting, in addition, is not as controllable as indoors. Still rooting for you!

  11. Good tips. I think having a good washing machine can also help a lot. Many modern machines give a lot of options for different types of wash cycle and the cycle names are self explanatory. Also as you modify the program they display exactly how long the wash will take.

  12. This is video was absolutely help full. I started collecting Designer clothing last year and I have over 20 pieces in my closest and I have not cleaned a single one yet! I subscribed!

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  14. How to wash an expensive Jumpsuit it says on it wash gently and to wash it with other colours alike but I'm not sure if I can put it in the watching machine it's fabric

  15. Lol. This might sound crazy. But as soon as you said, “wine stain or a blood stain.” I automatically picture something mafia related in my head. Haha. I think it has something to do with a suit involved with wine and blood. Anyway, I just recently went and changed my entire wardrobe. Now I’m wearing suits every day. Tie, no tie, jacket, no jacket, jacket with no vest, vest with no jacket. And I’ve been watching your videos, absorbing knowledge on how to shop, get tailored, clean, and maintain my new sense of style. So thank you. You are appreciated

  16. So funny watching you back in 2013. You have come a long way, proud of you and thank you for the work you do to make us men better

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