How should I care for my gear?

General Care Instructions

Most of our gear should be washed in cold water, without fabric softener, and either dried on tumble-dry low or hung to dry. All care instructions can be found on the garment label. Never use harsh chemicals or bleach.

Dry-cleaning and professional laundering frequently lead to deterioration of the fabric. However, we recognize that some might not have the option to wash at home. If you do bring your Ministry of Supply garments, particularly the dress shirts, to the laundry, be sure to point out that it should be washed in cold water and never pressed. The thermolaminated collar and cuffs on our dress shirts are ultra-sensitive to harsh detergents, and direct heat can cause them to melt.

Ironing is not required, and should be avoided when possible. In most cases, wearing the shirts for a few minutes will cause wrinkles to disappear due to your body heat. If ironing is necessary, be sure to use the coolest setting possible and quick strokes (i.e. don’t leave the iron on the material for prolonged periods of time). Steaming is a great alternative to ironing.

Special Stain Removal Instructions

Always start any stain removal by first testing a small, inconspicuous area of the garment. If no discoloration or damage occurs, continue to the area with the stain. Always blot stains when trying to remove, never rub, unless otherwise stated. Never use harsh chemicals on our gear.

Ink, Ballpoint pen

Ink stains can typically be removed with diluted alcohol or lemon juice. Dampen a cotton ball with either and pat the stain. Use dry cotton balls to absorb the ink stain until the cotton ball no longer wicks ink from the fabric. Allow the garment to dry. Next, use a toothbrush and clean the stain with a drop of dishwashing detergent; scrub until the stain disappears. Rinse the garment in warm water, then blot dry with a clean towel.

Grease, oil

The best way to remove these tough stains from our gear is by using a concentrated dishwashing soap, such as Dawn. Saturate the stain with soap, use a toothbrush to scrub the stain, then wash in cold water and hang dry.

Coffee

Coffee stains are generally easy to remove! Start by first trying to soak the stained area with water and hand soap, this should do the trick. To remove more stubborn coffee stains, start by blotting up the excess with a clean cloth. Mix a solution of one quart warm water, one-half teaspoon detergent and one tablespoon white vinegar and soak the stain for 15 minutes. Rinse well with water. Blot the stain with denatured or isopropyl alcohol and then wash following general care instructions.

Red Wine

Act as quickly as possible. Apply a solution of two cups water, a tablespoon of vinegar, and a tablespoon of liquid detergent. If that doesn’t work, apply a solution of hydrogen peroxide, detergent, and water. Blot with a clean dry cloth. Finish up with a wash in cold water and tumble-dry on low.

*There are many quirky ways to remove various stains (such as hairspray for ink stains) but be sure to reach out to q@ministryofsupply.com if you have any question as to if is safe to use on the gear.

 

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