• Give wool a 24 hour rest after each wearing
• Remove spots and stains promptly
• Refresh wool garments by handing in a steamy bathroom
• Hang woven wool garments on shaped padded hangers
• Brush garments frequently to revive the surface and remove surface soil
• Empty pockets when storing in closet
Care in Storage
• Dry clean or launder woolens before storage
• Keep closet and trunks clean
• Pack woolens in airtight containers
• Pack with mothballs suspended above the clothing
• Use a six-month moth-proofing spray if mothballs are not available
• Remember that storing clean woolens is the best protection from moth damage since the insects are attracted to soil and stains
• Dry-clean only as needed, don't over clean
• If dry-cleaning, identify origin of spots and stains for special treatment
• Between cleanings, press only
• Always use steam iron on the wool setting. Avoid pressing wool totally dry
• When possible press on the reverse side of the garment
• Use a press cloth to avoid leaving a shine
• Lower and lift the iron rather than sliding it back and forth
• Prevent imprinting by placing heavy paper under folds, seems or darts
Spread a thick layer of paste polish over the leather to be spit shined. Allow it to dry for 5 minutes. Wrap a soft, clean cloth around your index finger so you have a smooth area on the end of your finger and dip it water so it is thoroughly wet but not dripping (see note 1 below)
Using a small circular motion (see note 2 below), buff the dried polish with the wet cloth until a shine starts to develop. Then, still using the damping rag on your finger, apply a fine layer of polish in a circular motion and keep on rubbing lightly until a hazy shine develops. Keeping the rag damp, build up the shine with thin layers of polish applied in circles with light pressure until a glossy shine develops.
When sufficient shine has developed use a clean, dry, soft cloth to give it a final buff and remove any last haze.
The reason you use a wet cloth is to stop the fine coats of polish sticking to the cloth and to encourage the polish to stick to the leather. You want to keep on building up thin layers of wax until you have a completely smooth surface that gives the glossy shine.
After the first heavy coat of polish you must use minimal amounts of polish to build up the shine. If you use too much polish, the solvent is the polish you are applying will dissolve the base you have already built up and you will have to start again in this area.
Always use hot water before shaving to soften the beard, open the pores and cleanse the skin.
A pre shave oil or gel is a great help when preparing to shave as it makes the shave easier and protects the skin.
Use moisturizing shaving cream and lather for at least 20 seconds.
Ideally, use a shaving brush to lift the beard from the face and soften the hair.
Use a quality razor blade with a handle that offers a good weight and balance.
Always shave in the direction of the hair growth as shaving against the grain can cause razor burns and in-growing hairs. If the hairs towards the base of the throat are growing in the opposite direction to the rest of the face, i.e. upwards, you must shave upwards in that area.
Do not apply heavy pressure to your razor as this can cause razor burn and skin irritation. Glide the razor gently over the face.
Rinse the face with cold water after shaving to assist pore closure.
In the event of nicks and cuts, use a moistened Alum Block to stop the bleeding.
Use an After Shave lotion to refresh and tone the skin after shaving. Men with sensitive skin should consider using Rocco's alcohol free After Shave Balm. This contains Aloe Vera, mildly antiseptic Witch Hazel and a light fragrance.
Finally, rinse your brush well, shake out the excess moisture and always hang on a stand with the hairs facing downwards.