If you have landed on this page, congratulations, you are either the proud owner of a brand new, untarnished, custom, tailored InStitchu garment or you have spilt some sauce and found a stain—don’t worry, we understand and we have the steps to keeping your garment looking brand new.
First things first, unless your garment is made of cotton, steer clear of dry-cleaning your garment unless absolutely necessary and please don’t machine-wash your suit jacket or trousers...ever. Follow our quick guide below—there are different care instructions depending on the fabric used to create your garment.
For Australian Merino Wool...
Counter to popular belief, dry-cleaning can actually do more harm than good for your woollen garments. It can be done once or twice a year when absolutely necessary, however as wool is a natural fibre, excessive dry-cleaning can lead to the weakening of fibres, and the fading of your fabric. Try one of these alternatives instead.
One fool-proof method for maintaining your Australian Merino wool garment is limiting usage—allow the fibres to recover by avoiding wearing the same Australian Merino wool suit two days in a row.
Immediately hanging up your suit after wearing it aerates the fabric, allowing the fabric to breath and recover. Brush down your suit with a high-quality suit brush and after an hour or two, return the suit to its cloth suit-bag to ensure protection from exterior elements (even while hanging in your closet).
Hang your suit up in the bathroom whilst you shower—the steam will help to remove any creasing, and cast out unpleasant odours.
For All Linen...
We recommend dry cleaning your linen suits, only when necessary. Linen shirts can be laundered, however as linen has a tendency to shrink, it is important that it's cleaned in only cold or lukewarm water (cold for colours), with only a mild detergent, preferably without scent or dye. Avoid use of bleach and fabric softener at all costs. As you would with any soft product, wash on a gentle hand wash or delicate cycle with similar garments.
Linen remains one of the fastest drying fabrics on the market. Due to the likelihood of shrinkage, it's imperative that you avoid tumble-drying any linen garment. Air drying is almost always your best course of action. Either lie flat, or on a clothes rack. Avoid the use of hangers as they create a crease in the fabric.
Linen doesn't always require an iron/pressing. However if you'd like it to look neat for work or a special occasion, the best time to iron is when the garment is straight out of the wash, and still damp. Alternatively, starch spray does a good job of holding the general shape of the garment.
Be sure to completely unbutton your shirts and remove any collar-stays from the collars. Pre-treat any stains on the shirt with a stain-stick or with a little bit of detergent and a cloth. Depending on the strength of your fabric, you should use either a delicate cycle for softer fabrics, or a normal cycle for thicker weaves.
As with most fabrics, darker colours are best washed in cold water to preserve colour, while whites and lights can be done in warm or hot water. Use a high quality detergent free of chlorine—stear clear or bleach and chlorine as these products will most certainly change the colour of the shirt.
Your shirts should always be air-dried, either hung-up or laid flat. Avoid tumble drying at all costs.
The ideal time to iron your shirt is when it is almost, if not 100% dry.
The first note is, unlike your cotton shirts, please do not machine wash your cotton suits. Instead we recommend dry cleaning your cotton suits on an as needed basis, but less is more. If your suit is clean but looking creased and wrinkled, we recommend having it steam-pressed, this is particularly favourable for cotton suits, which wrinkle more easily—it’s also much easier on the fabric than a full dry-clean. You can also steam your cotton jacket and press your cotton trousers from home with a steamer.
If your suit is clean but looking creased and wrinkled, take it in to have it steam-pressed, this is particularly favourable for cotton suits, which wrinkle more easily—it’s also much easier on the fabric than a full dry-clean. You can also steam your cotton jacket and press your cotton trousers from home.
Immediately hanging up your suit after wearing it aerates the fabric, which prevents the build-up of bad odours. Brush down your suit with a high-quality suit brush and after an hour or two, return the suit to its cloth suit-bag to ensure protection from exterior elements (even while hanging in your closet).
Avoid wearing the same cotton suit two days in a row, allowing the natural fibres to recover.