Wash Care Instructions For Vintage Clothing (Categorized by Fabric)

Can’t find a care label for your vintage clothing? Don’t sweat it! As owner of a vintage shop, I’ve come across all sorts of vintage fabric types and have learned (sometimes the hard way!) the best way to wash and care for different sorts of garments and materials.

As a rule of thumb, hand washing in lukewarm to cold water is typically the best method to preserving your vintage treasures. If your vintage clothing does have a care label, you will still want to make sure you take extra precaution with clothing that’s at least 20 years old. Even if the label says machine wash, don’t (I repeat, don’t!) chuck it in the machine with your regular laundry. Age has most likely made the fabric more delicate than usual. As a result, there is a chance chucking it in the machine will ruin it. For best results, here is a chart of wash care instructions for your vintage clothing:

Vintage clothing wash care labels

Looking for a fabric type that’s not on this chart? Feel free to get in touch via the comments form below or send me a quick email here.