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Caring for your Hobbs pieces in the right way can help make them last even longer, allowing you to wear them season after season.
All Hobbs clothing carries care instruction labelling showing the universal symbols. Always check the care labels before washing or drying your garments
For best results when washing, always remove from the washing machine quickly and reshape before drying. Garments marked 'wash separately' may continue to lose colour, even after several washes.
Some of our garments are made from delicate fabrics and need to be washed by hand. Here are some tips:
The indicated temperature is the maximum water temperature you should choose for washing.
The addition of a double solid bar beneath the wash tub indicates wash and rinse on a reduced wool cycle and a short spin at the indicated temperature.
The addition of a single solid bar beneath the wash tub indicates wash and rinse on a reduced synthetic cycle and a short spin at the indicated temperature.
This means the garment can be washed in a machine with the recommended max temperature at 30°.
Iron on a low heat, with a maximum temperature of 110°C.
Products can be dry cleaned in perchloroethylene solution, hydrocarbon and siloxane with limitations on the addition of water and/or restrictions on the spin cycle and drying temperature during dry cleaning. You should dry clean matching pieces (e.g. a two piece suit) together to avoid colour variation developing.
Products which can be dry cleaned in hydrocarbon and siloxane: Green Earth, products may face longer service time from their dry cleaner as items are sent to central processing units for specialist.
Siloxane is a gentle detergent with no negative impact on the environment or the garment.
Tumble dry on a low heat setting.
Iron on medium heat, a maximum 150°C temperature.
The garment should be laid out on a flat surface to dry.
Follow our tips on caring for garments made from natural fibre fabrics.
Pilling happens when fibres gather into small balls, or bobbles, on the surface of natural fibre fabrics like wool. Because this occurs through general wear, it cannot be prevented but garments can look as good as new when pilling is removed with a shaver or a comb.
Always check the care label of your merino wool garments for instruction on how to launder, dry and iron them. Here are our tips for taking care of merino wool:
suede and leather
Hang garments on a good wooden hanger when not in use. When wet, allow to dry naturally, away from direct heat. Leather and suede garments must not be dried in front of the fire or by hanging them over a radiator.
We use only the highest quality leathers, suede and other materials to produce our footwear. Slight marks and variations in colour and texture are an inherent characteristic of leather which will develop during wear. It shouldn't be mistaken as a fault and rather part of the unique appeal of leather. To help maintain the appearance and to prolong the life of your shoes, they should be cared for with the right products. Always test a small, non-visible area first.
Due to the porous nature, a leather sole will absorb some water. For this reason, we do not recommend that they should be worn in very wet conditions. A leather sole will wear away (even under normal conditions) making it necessary to resole regularly. Leave wet shoes to dry naturally (never dry by artificial heat). The use of a shoe tree will help maintain the shape of your shoes.
Dust and dirt should be removed prior to cleaning with neutral leather cream.
Particular care must be taken while wearing embellished shoes. Beads and crystals may be lost or damaged if caught or snagged and this is not considered a fault.
Dust and dirt should be removed before cleaning. A crepe brush should be used to remove any marks in the suede. Suede is a natural dyed product and cannot be entirely colourfast. Some loss of colour may be experienced during wear.
Top pieces on heels are a replaceable component. Do not allow them to wear down. They should be replaced regularly by a good cobbler. Thin and delicate heels must be worn with extra consideration. Wearing shoes on very uneven, abrasive surfaces or when driving may weaken the shoes and could spoil the leather sole or intricate components.
Hair on the leather varies in length and direction. Colour can also vary within the product because the dye reacts differently in different parts of the skin. Hair loss will occur if continual rubbing is experienced on the surface of the product e.g. the back of shoes while driving. Clean with a soft, slightly damp cloth.
Dust and dirt should be removed prior to cleaning with a rubber brush or fabric foam cleaner. Fabric shoes are not ideal for use in wet weather.
Please take care not to overfill your handbag as it may lose its shape and damage the handles.
Bags embellished with beads and sequins are especially delicate. Please take particular care when wearing them as scuffing may damage them.
Leave wet handbags to dry naturally, never use artificial heat. Stuffing with newspaper will help maintain the shape of your bag whilst drying.
Dust and dirt should be removed prior to cleaning with a rubber brush or fabric foam cleaner. Fabric bags are not ideal for use in wet weather.
Hair on the leather varies in length and direction. Colour can also vary within the product because the dye reacts differently in different parts of the skin. Hair loss will occur if continual rubbing is experienced on the surface of the product. Clean with a soft, slightly damp cloth.
Clean with a soft, slightly damp cloth.
Materials such as cork and wood naturally absorb water so should not be worn in very wet conditions.
Dust and dirt should be removed prior to cleaning with a rubber brush or fabric foam cleaner. Fabric belts are not ideal for use in wet weather.
candles and diffusers
Silver reacts with hydrogen sulphide that's present in the air, so silver sulphide (tarnish) can form. This is easily removed by cleaning with a quality silver proprietary polish. Use a soft clean cloth as abrasive materials will scratch the soft surface of the silver.
Most gold jewellery can be maintained with a non-abrasive cleaner. Avoid exposing gold jewellery to household bleach, which will quickly cause gold to discolour. Store gold jewellery in a suitably lined box or pouch.