Care & Maintenance | Bell & Barnett

Care & Maintenance

If you are unsure how to look after, clean or generally maintain your Bell & Barnett products, here is a list of care instructions. May they serve your Bell & Barnett products well.

Suits
Now that you have your high quality Bell & Barnett suit, we have some tips to keep it looking great!

Whenever you take your suit off at the end of the day or evening, hang it up to let it recover and work any wrinkles out naturally. Let the suit breathe, so that the fibres can breathe, and ideally in a suit bag (one that will still allow the suit jacket to breath).

When wearing the trousers, remember to pull them up from the thighs if you sit down, as this avoids placing extra strain on the fabric. Avoid overstuffing your suit trouser pockets as well, to avoid putting extra strain on the seams.

Any dirt that may be on the suit should be easily brushed off with a soft bristled brush. Dry clean only - but not excessively, as this may cause shrinkage or discolouring. Try spot cleaning for the majority of cleaning needs.

Shirts
Machine wash inside out with similar colours. Tumble dry low or hang in shade to dry. It is best to iron whilst your shirt is still damp, using a good steam iron - you'll easily get rid of those wrinkles and dry your shirt out in the process. Do not bleach. Suitable for dry clean - but not excessively.
Blazers
A new wool blazer needs to be looked after! That is why Bell & Barnett offer a few helpful tips on maintaining your new blazer.

When you take your wool blazer off at the end of the day, hang it up in your wardrobe with plenty of space to let the fabric recover. Never fold a blazer, as this will cause wrinkles. If you do find your blazer has wrinkles, hanging it in the wardrobe overnight should help remove or at least ease them.

Any dirt that has found its way onto your blazer can be easily removed with a soft bristle brush. Dry clean only - but not excessively, as this may cause shrinkage or discolour the blazer. Try spot cleaning for the majority of cleaning needs.

Chino Pants
Bell & Barnett smart casual pants are high quality, but taking care of these pants will give them a longer life. We have some tips to keep them looking great!

When wearing the casual trousers, remember to pull them up from the thighs if you sit down, as this avoids placing extra strain on the fabric. Avoid overstuffing your trouser pockets as well, to avoid putting extra strain on the seams.

After you get back from your day or night out, hang up your trousers to let them recover work out any wrinkles naturally. Any dirt that may have snuck its way onto the pants can be easily removed with a soft bristled brush. Dry clean only, although try to limit the amount of times you do this. Try spot cleaning instead for most cleaning requirements.

Knitwear
Knitwear is something that should be treated differently from your suits and shirts. Here are some Bell & Barnett tips on how to make sure your knitwear keeps looking great!

Always remember that knits are made from fragile materials, and they should be treated with great care, especially when wearing bags or when around items such as jewellery or watches. Never hang your knits on clothes hangers – instead, fold them.

When it comes to cleaning, brushing is an effective way of keeping the knits clear and looking good. Hand wash instead of machine wash.

Belts
Bell & Barnett have a few tips for looking after your belt to keep it looking great after you buy it!

When you first get the belt, you should apply some leather conditioner to it, which will help preserve your belt against the elements. You want your belt to last naturally!

For day to day maintenance, make sure you take off your belt when you take off your pants. Yes, we understand that it may save a bit of time in the morning, but by not taking the belt off you run the risk of warping the belt out of shape. And dry to keep the belt dry - despite the conditioner, it is still advisable not to let the elements batter it into submission. If your belt does get wet, let it dry at room temperature. Remove dirt and dust with a stiff (but not overly hard) brush.

If there is a spillage, make sure it gets cleaned promptly. Soak up any spills with a clean, absorbent cloth by blotting. Use a wet cloth for anything aside from water. After cleaning, dry immediately with a clean cloth. Once this has been achieved, re-apply that trusty leather conditioner.

Every six months or so, clean your leather belt with soap - this will prevent any dubious odours from emerging from the trusty belt. Use a banister brush covered in soap and then sweep the soap and dirt away with a clean cloth. Rinse with water, and dry (if you use a hair dryer, make sure there is at least 15cm between the belt and the dryer).

Bowties

For daily upkeep: When untying the tie, make sure that you “tie it up in reverse”, and avoid untying it by pulling on the knot. Avoid getting wrinkles by folding the tie gently. If there are wrinkles, hang the tie up during a hot shower – the steam should remove creases. If there are serious creases and an iron must be used, make sure it is on low heat and there is cotton or linen between the tie and the iron.

For storage, hang the tie up in your wardrobe.

If the tie needs to be washed, attempt cleaning the tie as soon as possible, and dab the stain with a small amount of carbonated water. If a stain persists, and you decide to wash your silk tie, it is advised not to machine wash, but instead hand wash by using lukewarm water and non-alkaline soap. Rub stains out, but try not to let the tie soak in water.

Cufflinks
Avoid putting them in water, and make sure they don’t end up in the laundry. Keep the cufflinks away from chlorinated water and strong chemicals. A good piece of advice is “last on, first off”, which means that the cufflinks and other accessories should go on after you have put on aftershave and perfumes, so it reduces the damage they receive from the chemicals in those products.

For storage, place the cufflinks in storage containers, which will prevent oxidisation and tarnishing. It is also advisable to store your cufflinks separately from your other accessories, as it prevents scratching. Finally, try and keep the cufflinks in a cool and dry place, and in the dark.
Even if you are careful with wearing and storing the cufflinks, eventually the cufflinks will lose their lustre – even the oils in your skin will cause tarnishing. So, it will be inevitable that you will need to clean your cufflinks now and again. For light tarnishing, a polishing cloth should suffice. This should bring back the lustre of the cufflinks. For more serious tarnishes, a gentle jewellery cleaning agency should be used. Do not use cleaning solutions, as the chemicals in these products will damage the jewellery.

Pocket Squares
Keep the pocket square away from damaging chemicals and direct sunlight for extended periods of time.

It is advisable to send your silk pocket square to a dry cleaning establishment which has experience with silk. However, if the need to clean the pocket squares yourself emerges, wash gently in cool water with non-alkaline soap. Dry the silk in the shade, as direct sunlight will damage the vibrancy of the colours.

If you need to iron the pocket square, place cotton between the iron and the pocket square, and iron the pocket square on the reverse side.

Silk Ties
For daily upkeep: When untying the tie, make sure that you “tie it up in reverse”, and avoid untying it by pulling on the knot. Avoid getting wrinkles by folding the tie gently. If there are wrinkles, hang the tie up during a hot shower – the steam should remove creases. If there are serious creases and an iron must be used, make sure it is on low heat and there is cotton or linen between the tie and the iron.

For storage, hang the tie up in your wardrobe.

If the tie needs to be washed, attempt cleaning the tie as soon as possible, and dab the stain with a small amount of carbonated water. If a stain persists, and you decide to wash your silk tie, it is advised not to machine wash, but instead hand wash by using lukewarm water and non-alkaline soap. Rub stains out, but try not to let the tie soak in water.

Tie Bars

Avoid placing the tie bars in water, and keep them away from harsh chemicals such as chlorine. As with most men’s accessories, the “last on, first off” mantra is a good one to live by. That means that it should go on last, so it runs less risk of being damaged by perfumes or aftershaves.

Storage advice: the tie bars should be stored separately from other jewellery and accessories, as this will prevent scratching and damage that can occur. Store in a cool, dark and dry space, which is ideally in storage containers that prevent or reduce oxidisation.

In the event that the tie bars do get tarnished, use a polishing cloth to bring back the lustre. In cases of serious tarnishing, a gentle cleaning agency should be used. Avoid cleaning solutions, which damage the tie bar.