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Shoe In – How to Maintain Your Shoes

So you investing in a quality pair of dress shoes, here is how you keep them up.

Polishing Your Shoes

1. Wipe your shoes down with a damp cloth to remove superficial dirt and stains.

2. Wet the welt brush and scrub out the entire welt strip.

3. If the shoes need it, apply sole-edge dressing — carefully. If you get it on the uppers, it will stain them permanently. Let edge dressing dry before going any further.

4. Apply polish, using a circular rubbing motion. You don’t need to slather it on. You don’t need to be gentle. And the more you rub, the better. Let the polish dry. It should take about five minutes.

5. Buff the entire shoe with a polishing brush. For extra gleam, hold the shoe between your knees and buff the toe vigorously with a lint-free cloth.

Taken From Esquire How To Care For Your Shoes

Picture From ArtofManliness | Shoe Care 101: An Illustrated Guide

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Posted by on August 4, 2013 in Fashion, Men's Fashion

 

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Tie Down, Tie Down – How To Clean and Salvage a Stained Tie

So this week has not been a good weak for me and my ties. It appears that I may have ruined 2 of my favorite ties. The first was done in by the infamous nacho cheese, the second by my good friend the Latte. I thought the ties were done, and was ready to try to figure out how to help them move peacefully on into the tie after-life when I decided to see if there was any way to salvage them.  I’ve had friends pay for drycleaners to professionally destroy their ties, so I knew that was out. I turn to google, as usual, for a solution. I found many options but for the most part they were unhelpful. Here is a somewhat helpful piece from ToTieATie.com.

How to Clean a Tie

Ties are made of delicate fabrics such as silk. If you spill ink, coffee, juice, etc on your tie, it is difficult to remove the stain and very often the tie is permanently ruined. Even if you manage to get the stain out of the tie, the cleaning process will damage the tie and it will not look as nice as before, especially for silk ties. Hence, be careful and not to get any stains on the tie in the first place.

If unfortunately you spill something on your tie, blot the stain with a tissue or handkerchief. Remember not to rub the stain since it will enlarge the affected area.

After that you may use a moistened washcloth to rub the stain slightly and see if the stain can be removed. Then use a hair-drier to get rid of the moistness left. Do not hold the hair-drier too close to the tie since high temperature can damage the fabric.

If that’s not successful, you may try cleaning it in water by hand. (Note: The tie may shrink if you clean it with water. Also, you must not put a tie in a washing machine.) Soak the stain in water and slightly rub the stain with your hand. If a mild cleaning agent is used, you should first apply a little of it at the back of your tie (or other not easily seen places) to check if the cleaning agent will weaken the color or damage the fabric of the tie.

Another choice is to send your tie to a dry-cleaner. However, note that the chemicals used in dry-cleaning will make damages to your tie, even if the dry-cleaner is among the best ones. Furthermore, a silk tie will lose its shine after dry-cleaning.

Remember to point out the stain to the dry-cleaner. This ensures that the dry-cleaner will pay attention to the stain during the dry-cleaning process.

Again the dry-cleaners is a bit of a risk, but if you’ve try the above to no avail it could be your best last ditch effort. Or you could always turn to a good tie rental solution like tiesociet.com. If you guys have any solutions let us know.

UPDATE: Make that 3 ties, one now covered in fake blood…

 
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Posted by on September 13, 2012 in Accessories, Fashion, Men's Fashion

 

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Caring For Your Clothes


The old aphorism, “Clothes make a man”, emphasizes on how important clothes are to a person. That’s why we should not only buy the clothes that show our personality but we should also know how to take care of them. If you give the daily and weekly care that your clothes need, you can go years without buying new ones.

If our closet is small or if we have a roommate to share it with, then it is essential to arrange and organize our clothes so that each one has enough space. Clothes hangers are always important. They remove creases and other fold marks that make the clothes unattractive or untidy. Delicate materials like silk and linen, and work shirts, should be hung to prevent wrinkles while knitted sweaters including tops, pants, skirts, and dresses should be folded to prevent stretching. However, if the drawer is tight on space, a sweater can be folded in half and draped over the bar of a hanger. Pants can often be hung because they are heavier, but casual pants and shorts such as jeans and khakis can also be folded.

Before throwing any of our clothes in the wash, you should first check the tag. It goes without saying, but if the tag says “Dry Clean Only,” DRY CLEAN ONLY. Do not wash clothes more often than necessary. Some clothes don’t need to be washed every time they were worn, unless spots and dirt are visible. Frequent washing can easily damage them, especially when we twist, heat, beat, and force water and soap through the fabric. Air them between washings. Do not dry them in a dryer unless you have to. Dryers wear out fabric quickly. They also set stains and make seams twist and make some hems turn upwards. We’l continue to bring more cleaning and care tips in the upcoming weeks.

 
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Posted by on September 4, 2012 in Accessories, Fashion, Men's Fashion

 

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