How to best care for your items.

We want you to love the pieces you have purchased from us for years.  Here are the best ways to take care of your pieces.

DENIM:

If you love your jeans as much as we do (to say we’re obsessed is putting it mildly), you’ll want to keep ’em in great condition forever. That’s why we asked Pink Arrows Boutique denim pro Nicole Yarbrough for her expert advice on how to preserve and care for your cherished pairs.

What’s your number-one rule when it comes to taking care of jeans?

Don’t wash your jeans too often. The less frequently they touch water, the longer the color will last. I know people who are die-hards, and have worn jeans for two years without washing. This might scare clean freaks, but natural elements like ozone in the air, a little dirt and body oil all add beauty and character to jeans. Like how bed-head and dirty hair are a little sexy—it’s the same with jeans.

Got it. So how can you get rid of odors, sans washing?

You can hang your jeans outside on a hanger and mist with Febreze to release odors. You can also tumble them in the dryer with a dryer sheet.

If you do break down and wash your jeans eventually, what’s the best way?

Wash them inside out, in cold water and with a mild detergent to preserve the color. Don’t use bleach—any time bleach touches indigo it gets lighter. It’s best to let them air dry, and if they get a little stiff, you can put them in the dryer on low heat for a few minutes to soften them up.

Same deal for white jeans?

You can wash those in a warm to cold cycle, or hot water if you have stains. Still avoid bleach, since it will deteriorate the yarn in denim. Then hang dry or put in the dryer on low heat.

I’ve heard you should wear your jeans in the bathtub to wash them so they don’t lose their shape. True? 

That’s not necessary anymore. Back in the day, jeans were sold without having been pre-washed, so the fabric shrunk about 3% the first time you washed your jeans. But ever since the 1980s, we’ve used a lot of washes in denim, so they don’t shrink as much. 

What about jeans that are worn out and need some TLC. How can you mend?

Rips and tears will get more agitated in the washer and dryer, so try to minimize both. If you want to patch them up, I’d use old T-shirts, which have a little stretch to them and will move with your body. But natural wear is going to happen—especially around the thighs and back of the knees—and it gives character to jeans.

FELT HATS

How to Store a Felt Hat

This might surprise you, but when putting down your felt hat on a table or another flat surface, you should always place it upside down on the crown and not resting on its brim. Otherwise, it might change its shape or become flattened out. It can also be hung from a peg or a hat rack, but make sure the peg or hook isn’t so sharp that it makes a dent in the hat. Don’t keep it on a peg for a long time, as this might also change its shape. For extended storage, use a hat box that will support both the crown and the brim, and keep it in a cool, dry location. Beware of heat and moisture, both of which might damage the hat. Use cedar or lavender as a moth deterrent.

1. Hat brush 

Use a hat brush to help remove dust and dirt from the surface of your hat. For best practice, gently brush the hat counterclockwise, starting at the front and working your way around while moving with the natural grain of the felt.  Always brush your hat before spot cleaning or applying treatments.  .

Pro tip: Always brush in the same direction consistently. 

2. Lint roller 

A good rule of thumb: always keep a lint roller on hand to remove lint, hair, and dust from your brim.  Lint roll often to preserve the quality of your felt hat.

3. Hat Sponge

A good hat sponge is one of the oldest tricks in the books to remove smudges and give your hat a clean new look. Be sure to use one sponge for dark and one for light felt hats.

Pro tip: This works great for makeup smudges!

4. Hat Stiffener Spray:

Hat need a little lift? Use our hat stiffener spray to preserve the shape and stiffness of your hat. First, clean your hat with a brush or sponge. Then hold bottle 8-10 inches away from hat and finely mist over the entire hat only using a couple of sprays. Allow to dry then wear with confidence. 

5. Cleaning the sweatband

To freshen up your sweatband, use a toothbrush, water, and mild soap to gently scrub and blot dirt.

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